Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A sylvan glade with scrumptious food

I've been meaning to visit the Farmers Market in Lewes for the last few years when staying in Rehoboth Beach, DE, but never seemed to get up early enough. Finally, thanks to the good offices of a friend in Lewes, I made it. Wow, have I been missing out! We have four such markets in the city in which I live, but this one was special. The day was murderously hot, but the park-like setting of the Historical Society grounds were bathed in shade from giant trees. An array of cool old buildings, which have been transported there, rimmed the perimeter, as did the booths of farmers and other assorted purveyors of local, unadulterated, delicious comestibles. Wunderbar! Everyone seemed so happy, both customers and booth tenders (several of whom told me what a difference the market has made in their businesses and in orders from restaurants). Bravo all around.
I noted with interest that Susie Middleton, the author of Fast, Fresh and Green: More Than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers (which we carry) had given a talk that morning. Sated with homemade ice cream and bearing bags of fresh peaches, corn, canteloupe, and jam, I ambled off, completely fortified, to scope out the local antique stores.
Thanks to photographer Judy Rolfe for the photo taken at the market. 
If you're in the Delmarva area, you should check out one of her guided photo tours.


  1. Wow! That sounds absolutely wonderful! Our humble Baltimore Farmer's Market pales in comparison (a few charming rows of stalls under an overpass). However, fresh Zeke's coffee is tough to top!! Lewes, however, sounds fantastic.

  2. I love Farmer's Markets and try to get as much as my produce there as possible. It feels good to help out my local community. I wish mine carried homemade ice cream.

  3. I love Lewes! I spent a winter there year before last. It is quieter than Rehobeth, an experience which imparts more SPAAAACE as you go about walking. You also get more of a feel for the area history. I understand James Michener did quite a bit of writing there. It has a great library. Nice to know it has this lovely market too.

  4. Yes, I want to explore it more. Lucky you to have an entire winter!