Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10th Annual Tomato Festival

On Saturday August 6, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market celebrates its favorite fruit for the tenth year. The Market will be open at George H.P. Smith Park, at Johnson and Dupont Avenues, from 8 til noon.This Saturday it’s all about THE TOMATO, as the HLFM and patrons celebrate National Farmers Market Week.

Customers are urged to bring their friends, their children, houseguests, or just themselves to the Tomato Festival. Here’s what’s happening at the Festival:

HLFM vendors will have an extraordinary array of delicious local tomatoes just picked and ready for the table. The bumper crop of tomatoes is offered in addition to a multitude of other fresh, local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, grass-fed meats and poultry, and locally-produced farm products. There will also be tomato pies, sun-dried tomato bagels, tomato breads, salsa, and other tomato-based offerings.

Fourteen of the best local chefs have partnered with fourteen farmers at the market to create mouth-watering bite-size dishes to celebrate the day. From 9:30 to 11:00 am, samples will be available at the fourteen farmers’ tables next to their tents. Customers can then stock up on the tomato varieties that have actually been used in the recipes. Participating chefs include Jordan Miller from Heirloom, Hari Cameron from a(MUSE.), Lion Gardner from Blue Moon, Joe Churchman from Bramble and Brine, Marcus Green from The Buttery, Matt Reardon from Crooked Hammock Brewery, Brenton Wallace from Crust and Craft, Kevin Downing from Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats,  Bill Clifton from Henlopen City Oyster House, Ian Crandall from Kindle, Ted Deptula from the Lewes Yacht Club, Tom Cramer from Fork & Flask at Nage, Raul Rodriguez from Fish On!, and Joe Bakeshka from Striper Bites.

Guess the number of tomatoes in the jar! The winner will receive the new 2016 official HLFM apron.

For young tomato lovers:

Maureen Miller from the Lewes Public Library will be reading I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child during the Children’s Reading Hour at 9 am under the tent near the playground.

Children will be treated to face painting and temporary rub-on I Love Farmers Markets tattoos beginning at 9:00 am as well.

The HLFM encourages market patrons to wear red to celebrate this year’s fabulous crop of tomatoes, National Farmers Market Week, and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Tomato Festival.

Patrons may also enter the raffle for the free bicycle that the HLFM gives away every year to encourage all to bike or walk (if able) to the Market.

Customers who want to know what is happening at the Market each Saturday should subscribe to the HLFM newsletter sent to customers on Thursdays. Newsletter is free. To be included, customers may send their email address to historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast.net.

And, don’t forget about their new Wednesday market at Crooked Hammock Way and Kings Highway (at Crooked Hammock Brewery) from 8 am to 11 am.

Consistent with its mission, the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers who grow local fruits and vegetables — a “real” farmers market.

More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.


Anonymous said...

I could never understand why it's called a fruit,but it is.

Anonymous said...

It's a fruit because it's the ripe ovary of the plant, just the same as oranges, apples and pears. If it didn't have seeds inside it would be a vegetable.