Sweet Tooth Corner – Route 54 and Coastal highway

Little did I know when I moved off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island, that my willpower would be subjected to incredible temptation every time I stop at the light on the corner of Rt 54 and Coastal Highway (Route 1).

Fishers Popcorn in Ocean City and Fenwick Island
The Fenwick Island location of Fisher’s Popcorn is at the intersection of Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) and Lighthouse Road (Rt. 54).

As I sit waiting for the light to turn green, I am assaulted with signs that speak directly to my stomach. And no, they are not signs that advertise fresh vegetables or health food stores. These signs engage my sweet tooth and ensure that my middle-age spread will continue to spread unless I move to a deserted island!

  • On the southeast corner is the Fisher’s Popcorn building. Even from across the street, I can smell the sweet caramel mixed with the saltiness of the popcorn. Have they no mercy? Isn’t it illegal to sell addicting substances?
  • My eyes stray to the northeast corner. There sits a big ice cream cone advertising Kohr Bros. I console myself with the fact that their creamy frozen custard is at least lower in fat than regular ice cream. And just a few steps away is Candy Kitchen. An entire store filled with candy and FUDGE! Let’s just not go there.
  • On the northwest corner, the little Fenwick Boardwalk is just one sweet treat after another. The Hershey Island Creamery with its milkshakes and sundaes, the Funnel Cake Factory (If I get fruit on top would it be considered a healthy meal?), The Boardwalk Popcorn Company and Dunkin’ Donuts. Guess I might as well pick up a dozen for breakfast while I’m here!
  • The southwest corner doesn’t look like a problem at first glance. But wait a minute, “Free ice cream when you play unlimited games of golf” at the Down Under Miniature Golf Course. Now this could work. I consider walking the golf course while swinging at the little balls a form of exercise. You are engaging the whole body, especially when you’re bending over trying to fish your ball out of the pond.
chocolate covered dough balls confection
The Chocolate Covered Dough Balls at the Surf’s Edge Deli are a real melt–in-your-mouth treat.

Even if I make it through the area without stopping, Surf’s Edge Deli right next to the corner sells chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate covered cookie dough balls and Smith Island cake pops. Just north of that is The Village of Fenwick, which contains a candy store called Sweets ‘n’ Treats, Ha Ha’s frozen yogurt and The Book End Café with home-baked scones, cinnamon rolls, and pastries.

But that’s another story for another day!

Yeah, I know…I have to move.

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.