Lewes farmers’ market to host Tomato Festival on Aug. 9

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street at the corner of West 3rd and Shipcarpenter streets in Lewes, from 8 a.m. to noon, featuring the 8th Annual HLFM Tomato Festival.

HLFM vendors will have an array of local tomatoes, in addition to a multitude of other fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, chicken, freshly-laid eggs, baked goods, milk, yogurt, ice cream, plants, herbs and fresh flowers for the table. There will also be tomato pie, tomato basil sauce, tomato jam, tomato chutney, tomato hot pepper jelly, tomato basic soup, tomato tarts and other tomato-based offerings.

Patrons will have the opportunity to taste more than 40 different varieties of ripe, juicy Delmarva tomatoes, including many heirlooms. Tasting will be held at various vendors’ tents.

The Great Tomato Recipe Contest will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contestants have submitted their recipes and will bring to the market their entries in three contest categories: Appetizers/Soups, Entrees (Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner) and Desserts/Drinks. Prizes to be awarded include: a $100 gift certificate to the market as first grand prize, with $75 and $50 gift certificates for second- and third-place winners.

Judging will be done by five local chefs: Bill Clifton (Henlopen City Oyster House), Aaron Berg (The Buttery), Ian Crandall (Kindle), Jay Caputo (Espuma Restaurant & Martini Bar, Rose & Crown and Water Ice Shack) and Denise Clemons (Cape Gazette food editor). Winners will be announced when judging completes, shortly after 11 a.m.

The winner of the game to guess the number of cherry tomatoes in a jar will receive an official HLFM T-shirt and a “No Farms—No Food” baseball cap.

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 in the School House at 9 a.m. Children will be treated to face painting beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the market’s version of cornhole — Tomato Hole — as well.

The HLFM is encouraging market patrons to wear red to celebrate this year’s crop of tomatoes and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Tomato Festival.

The Market continues to process SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the Market to redeem the Bonus Bucks incentive.

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