First Tomato at Sussex County DE Farmers’ Markets!

“Harry’s got first tomato!” This pronouncement will be repeated all over the Shore in the days to come – every roadside stand and farmers’ market throughout Delmarva will be proudly displaying first tomatoes, cukes, green beans, strawberries and of course the famed, Eastern Shore grown lope (cantaloupe)!

The Delmarva Peninsula is ideally suited to providing abundant summertime treats; sandy soil, long days of sunshine and the early season, warming influence of the nearby ocean create the perfect combination to GROW! Miles of fertile fields extending from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, from Wilmington Delaware to Norfolk Virginia demonstrate the rich agricultural heritage of this land. Visitors from the west, north and south heading to the beach passes miles of endless green fields – the vista broken only by small villages and towns along the way.

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market Sign
You can’t miss it – not with this sign of the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market – at the eastern edge of Sussex County in Lewes, Delaware.

“Corn’s up” is another familiar phrase. From the first peek of two green leaves until the stalks stand tall, the shore’s corn culture is carefully watched. When the tassels turn dark and the ear feels full – it’s time to put the pot to boil!  Simply prepared there is nothing finer!farmers' market produce

By now you’re probably asking where to get some of this fine Eastern Shore produce…? No problem. Below is a list of local markets with days and hours near to the Sussex County area. Pick a town – find a market! And, if you’re a visitor, remember to pick up some fresh/local for the folks back home. It will be much appreciated.

Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market
Garfield Pkwy & Pennsylvania Ave.
Sundays: 8am – Noon

Downtown Milford Farmers’ Market
North Walnut St. at Riverwalk Park
Saturdays: 9am – 1pm

Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market
22518 Lewes Georgetown Hwy
Mondays:  8am – Noon

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
110 Shipcarpenter St. or 910 Shields Ave.
Saturdays: 8am – Noon

Orchard Point Farmers’ Market
Intersection of US 13 and Redden Rd.
Bridgeville – between 404 and 404 alt.
Sundays: 2pm – 6pm (6/24-11/4, 2012)

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
Grove Park on Rehobeth Ave.
Tuesdays: Noon – 4pm

Selbyville Farmers’ Market
Corner Rt. 17 & Main Street
Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

Western Sussex Farmers’ Market
310 Virginia Ave., Seaford
Saturdays: 8:30am – Noon

Selbyville Farmers' Market
The Selbyville Farmers’ Market is conveninent for vacationers heading to Ocean City on Saturdays (change-over day). It is only one block off the main route to the beach.

The Village of Fenwick Bayside Dining & Shops of Distinction

On the bay side of Coastal Highway/Route 1 in Fenwick Island is a small “village” of shops called [appropriately] the Village of Fenwick. Some may call this place quaint but it is convenient for beach-goers and visitors to the Southern Delaware area.  It is comprised of of small, local businesses  – no big “chains” are represented here – so what you find will be unique. More to come, but for now – here’s an introductory picture.

The Village of Fenwick
Here is a cool place to visit – especially on a hot summer(y) day – located at 300 Coastal Highway, in Fenwick Island, Delaware..

What’s here:

  • Bee Hive
  • Blue Heron Gifts
  • Charlies Bayside Restaurant
  • Ha Ha’s Frozen Yogurt
  • Iggy Surf
  • Indulgence
  • Krugerrand
  • L’ete
  • Paco’s Paradise

To see what’s happening be sure to visit Village of Fenwick’s “Page” on Facebook.com. You may also find some local photography and more info at the Sussex County, Delaware, Fun page, also on FB.

Lewes, Delaware – Quaint but Not an Antique

Lewes offers so much more than sand and ocean to the beach vacationer.  Known as the “First Town in the First State,” Lewes was settled by the Dutch in 1631 and home to one of Delaware’s oldest buildings erected in the 17th century.

Lewes Delaware Aerial Picture
Down town Lewes, as seen from the air, shows the “heart” of downtown clustered near the canal bridge.

A must for every visitor, is a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park. The park is located where the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay meet, with over 5000 acres of beautiful ocean and bay beaches. There is a three mile paved trail around the park for biking or walking, camping, a WWII observation tower and it is also home to Fort Miles. Fort Miles was built in 1941 to protect oil refineries and factories during World War II. You can see the concrete gun battery, barracks and artillery.

If you are in the mood for more history, take a stroll on Fisherman’s Wharf along the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Tour the US Lightship Overfalls, a floating lighthouse which aided in navigation at night. The Lightship Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining Lightships in the United States.

Another interesting and scenic day trip is the 17 mile, 80 minute trip across the Delaware Bay on the Cape May Ferry. You can board the Ferry in Lewes and dock in Cape May, New Jersey. Spend the day exploring this beautiful Victorian town. The entire town is designated as a National Historic Landmark. There is plenty of shopping and dining available too.

Lewes is also home to Delaware’s first farm winery. The grapes are grown, made into wine and sold at Nassau Valley Vineyards. Located just a few miles from the beach, they also offer free tours and tastings.

However, you spend your day in Lewes, be sure to end it enjoying an ice cream cone, relaxing on a bench outside of King’s Ice Cream on Second Street. It is the best homemade ice cream at the beach!

Cape may - Lewes Ferry Terminal Aerial Picture
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal lies along the southern shore of the Delaware Bay.

Article contributed by Helen McElvaney.

Rehoboth Beach – a Shopping and Sun Worshiping Paradise

Rehoboth Beach is the largest of Delaware’s Atlantic resorts. With its beautiful beaches, one mile boardwalk and over 200 shops and restaurants in downtown Rehoboth, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy.

Besides the boutique shops and galleries in downtown Rehoboth, there are 130 Tanger outlet stores located in three malls along Route 1. With the abundance of stores and the fact that Delaware has no sales tax, Rehoboth Beach is a shopper’s paradise.

Rehoboth Beach Aerial Photograph
An aerial photo of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware lets you see that there is more than just beach. The town goes back to the shopping corridor along Route 1 – home of the famous Rehoboth “Outlets.”

Rehoboth isn’t only about shopping. Save some time for sunning and swimming on the clean, sandy beach, or take a trip to the Delaware Seashore State Park. The park is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and the Indian River Inlet. The park has two ocean swimming areas, bathhouses with showers and changing rooms, surf fishing, a surfing beach, sailing and windsurfing.

If biking or walking is on the top of your list for vacation activities, be sure to spend some time on the Junction & Breakwater Rail Trail. The 6 mile long trail connects Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, taking you through forests, coastal wetlands and farmland.

Kids will love Jungle Jim’s water park. It’s the largest water park in Delaware with plenty of slides, bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf and batting cages.

Steamed crabs are a tradition at the shore and what goes best with crabs? Beer, of course! Take a free tour of The Dogfish Head Brewery in nearby Milton, or enjoy one of their many tasty brews at the Dogfish Brew Pub in downtown Rehoboth.

After a day in the sun, you can dine in one of Rehoboth’s many fine restaurants, dance the night away to live entertainment, take a stroll on the beach or boardwalk, enjoy free concerts at The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand or watch the kids get their thrills on the rides at Funland.

The fun doesn’t stop at the end of summer. If you prefer the quieter off-season, Rehoboth has activities and events year-round.