The Historic Lewes Farmer's Market has been awarding scholarships to farmers for six years now. This year, six farmers from Sussex County and the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland have received scholarships.
Helen Waite of Black Hog Farmstead in Lewes, Carrie Bennett of Bennett Orchards in Frankford, Lisa Garfield of Calliope Farms and Ted Wycall of Greenbranch Farms in Salisbury, Chris Bohinski of Pure Harvest Farm in Milton, and Susan Ryan of Good Earth Market in Clarksville were this year's scholarship recipients. Waite, Garfield, Wycall, Bohinski and Ryan will all be attending the Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference, hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture February 6-9 in State College. Bennett will attend the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania from January 29-31. Dardine says Bohinski, who sells his own natural-raised chickens, is one of the most unique vendors at the market.
Sharon Dardine says the scholarships help the farmer's market, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, maintain its mission of promoting and strengthening sustainable farming through education so the farmers can hold on to their farms. The scholarships are paid for by individual donations to the market's scholarship fund.
This year's farmer's market will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May 11 through September 28 outside the Lewes Historical Society, at the corner of Shipcarpenter and Third Streets. Nearly three dozen vendors, who are all producers, will be selling their products this summer.
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