Washington, D.C., May 21, 2012 —American Farmland Trust will honor the Historic Lewes Farmers Market as one of America’s favorite farmers markets at an award ceremony on Saturday May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Lewes Historical Society Complex located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in Lewes, Delaware.
The award is the culmination of American Farmland Trust’s 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest and reflects the integral role that the Historic Lewes Farmers Market plays in its community and the avid support of its customers.
Delaware Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee will be among several state and local dignitaries honoring the Historic Lewes Farmers Market as America’s favorite. Lewes Mayor James L. Ford, III and the City Council of Lewes will ring the opening bell at 8:00 a.m. announcing the start of the market’s seventh season. Saturday, May 26 has also been proclaimed by the City of Lewes as Historic Lewes Farmers Market Day! More than 3,000 customers are expected throughout the day.
The 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest registered over 90,000 votes in support of local farmers markets across the nation with more than 1,700 participating farmers markets. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market registered 1,837 of these votes and won in the “medium” category of markets.
Along with the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, the City of Rockford Farmers Market in Rockford, Michigan took home the small market prize, North Port Farmers & Craft Market in Florida the boutique, and Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market in New Mexico the large category.
“Many barriers stand in the way of scaling up local farm production to meet the burgeoning demand for local food,” said American Farmland Trust President John Scholl. “Farmers markets represent one of the easiest ways for consumer to support local farmers and their communities.”
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is a producer-only market with 36 vendors that runs from May 26-September 29 from 8 a.m.-noon. In addition to fresh, local produce from organic and conventional farms, the market sells grass-fed lamb and beef, pasture-raised chicken, artisanal cheeses, yogurt, milk, eggs, mushrooms, honey, baked goods, and jams and jellies. More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.