South Florida harvest time has arrived and with the plentiful bounty comes the multitude of green markets that make the green lifestyle so much fun. To make shopping a bit easier, here’s a taste of some of Palm Beach County’s greenmarkets that are bringing locally grown goods straight to the community.
Tequesta Green Market
Testing the waters with much fanfare in 2011-12, Tequesta is returning to Constitution Park with an expanded green market for 2012-13. The quaintest of Palm Beach County’s greenmarkets, this small-town market, tucked along the tree-lined Constitution Park, is designed to promote local business and artisans’, meaning this is as much a produce market as it is craft and artisan fair. With 50 vendor slots, there will be no shortage of goods, including locally grown produce, home good products and prepared foodstuffs to take home.
The Tequesta Green Market starts things off, operating the first Sunday of each month, October-December. Beginning in January, the market turns into a biweekly affair, running the first and third Sunday of the month through April 21. Hours of operation remain 11 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the 2012-13 season.
- Offerings: Locally grown organic produce, offerings from Francesca’s Terra Verde Farm Club, fresh herbs, honey, farm fresh eggs, freshly roasted coffee (Oceana Coffee), fresh seafood, baked goods, soaps, Honey Bee Skin Cream and Newman’s Soy Candles. After a stroll through Constituition Park, make a trek across Seabrook to the Gallery Square North for a dose of local art at the co-op Original Elements.
- Special Events: Local entertainers frequently enliven the scene from the park’s gazebo. The lineup includes: Pam & Dave, October 7; Big Vince & Gary Frost, November 4; Trademark, December 2. The schedule for 2013 is due out soon, so stay tuned.
- Note from the promoter: The Tequesta Green Market is a constantly evolving dynamic, always on the lookout for new and exciting vendors that adhere to goals of the market, including: healthy and balanced lifestyles, fresh and organic products, sustainability, family friendly, good entertainment and casual. Admission is free, so if you fit the description, apply here.
399 Seabrook Road
Lake Worth Farmers Market
With one of the best views in town, the Lake Worth Farmers Market is more than just an errand to the market but also a great way to spend a Saturday morning outdoors. The waterside location at Old Bridge Park is worth the trip alone, but the vendors are what make this one of the busiest community markets in the county. From locally grown organic produce, herbs and even spices, to a growing selection of garden plants, the emphasis at this farmer’s market is on local—local farmers, local growers, local artisans, local crafters. Dubbed Canal St. South, the Lake Worth Farmers Market is quickly becoming the destination for local artists, artisans and craftspeople to show off their wares. These markets have become a vital part of local communities, a hotbed of commerce and the jumping off point for small businesses to gain a following, helping them transition to success by giving them a place to present.
Starting November 3, Lake Worth Farmer’s Market will setup shop at Old Bridge Park every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Offerings: Local organic and non-organic vegetables and fruits, herbs, spices, flowers (fresh cut and potted), orchids and bromeliads, tropical, exotic, native, potted and ornamental plants, oils and vinegars, fresh seafood, cured and smoked meats, baked goods including fresh breads, pastries, cookies, pies, local and imported cheeses, prepared foods including pastas, sauces, soups, processed foods including jams, jellies, relishes, dressings, arts and crafts.
- For vendor application and more information about the Lake Worth Farmers Market, please contact Peter Robinson at 561-283-5856, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website: lakeworthfarmersmarket.com
Old Bridge Park
1 South Ocean Boulevard
Lake Worth, FL
Boca Raton Greenmarket
Boca Raton Greenmarket opens for its 16th season each Saturday from October 6 through May 11, 2013. Dedicated to promoting local food production (with food traveling directly from the dirt to the table) and a sustainable market for the consumer, the Boca Raton Greenmarket will host a plethora of local farmers, food purveyors, organic foods, fresh seafood, plants, crafts and much, much more. There will be several special activities, promotions and customer giveaways set up throughout the green market season, with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
- Offerings: Seasonal produce, fresh herbs, soaps and lotions, juices, bamboo, potted orchids, ocean shells, fresh-cut flowers, assorted varieties of plants, fresh baked goods, prepared foods, oils and vinegars, honey from local apiaries, gourmet foods, organic foods and fresh seafood (when available), fresh pasta, doggie treats, grass-fed beef, farm fresh eggs, soaps, children’s clothing, Marly’s soy candles, jewelry and more. Also available: Children’s activities, pottery, crafts, health information, gift items and tastings from assorted purveyors.
- For more information please call: 561-393-7827, or visit the website.
- The Boca Raton Greenmarket is organized by the Children’s Museum of Boca Raton.
Royal Palm Place (at the cross streets S. Federal Hwy. and S.E. Mizner Blvd.)
101 Plaza Real S.
Boca Raton, FL
Delray GreenMarket in the Park
Since 1996, the Delray GreenMarket in the Park has been a fixture in the downtown Delray Beach renaissance. Providing local farmers, artisans and craftsmen with a place to sell their wares, the GreenMarket has become an event in and of itself during season, setting up shop every Saturday from October 13 through May 11 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.). What’s more, the GreenMarket is moving! For the first time in four seasons, the GreenMarket has reclaimed a green space, setting up shop at Old School Square Park, an expansion from seasons gone by, allowing the vendor list to grow to 60.
A number of special events are slated throughout the season, meaning the whole family will enjoy a trip to the market. On October 27, Trick or Treat at the Market will gives kids (young and old) an opportunity to jump start their Halloween candy haul. During December, holiday decorating demos will take place, showcasing a different technique and craft each week. The famed 16th annual Chili Cook-Off is slated for February 23. Determine the winner in the battle between traditional and new age when you judge the People's Choice award. (Want to enter? Submit an entry by February 10 here.) March 30, the Delray GreenMarket will host the 12th annual Easter Bonnet Parade (dress Fido up in his Sunday best and parade him down the Ave.). The Delray GreenMarket will also have live music every Saturday and the ever popular Master Gardner Program. And let us not forget the kid favorite: farm animals. Each week, different species give children a chance to get up close with the animals that call Old McDonald's farm home (photo ops abound, too).
- Offering: Organic and nonorganic produce from local farmers and growers, breads, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, oils & vinegars, fresh cheese, pasta & sauces, pet supplies, raw fresh butter, milk and goat cheese, farm fresh eggs (Heritage Hen Farms).
- For those looking for some fresh ways to prepare your farm-to-fork greenmarket goods, pick up a copy of the cookbook Tastes of the Season: Favorites from the Delray GreenMarket. Available at the GreenMarket every Saturday morning and the CRA office during the week.
- To stay in the know, check out the Delray GreenMarket in the Park's blog, and keep current on GreenMarket vendors, events, nutrition, green living and products.
- For more information please call Lori Nolan, GreenMarket Manager at 561-276-7511, or visit the Delray GreenMarket website.
Old School Square Park
20 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL
Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket
Sunday is fun day at the Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket. Ushering in its 11th season on October 14, the Sunday morning market makes locally grown, seasonable produce available to the public in a festive setting that aims to tighten the bonds of community. Organized by the Slow Food Movement, Gold & Treasure Coast, the market's mission is to promote sustainability through locally grown and cultivated, ecologically friendly, wholesome foods, which in turn enhances the community and protects Florida’s land. Aside from great assorted produce, foodstuffs and live music, this season all crafters must go through a thorough jury process, submitting the raw materials, finished product and photos of the process to be accepted into the market. The ability to discuss products with vendors harbors a sense of community in the park, making the PBG GreenMarket a great place to visit every Sunday morning, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
This Halloween, party at the market for HallowGreen at the GreenMarket, October 28. A great excuse to extend Halloween to more than just one day a year, HallowGreen’s "Treat Street" is the place to be for the wee ones in your life. Activities include crafts and games, a pumpkin patch playtime area, Jack-O-Lantern lane, fun activities, temporary tattoos, photo ops at the scarecrow photo corner, a scavenger hunt in hay and face painting. There will also be live entertainment with music by Rob MacDonald, dance performances by the Palm Beach Gardens Dance Company and a costume parade!
- Offering: Co-op of small growers and farmers with assorted vegetables and fruits, fresh eggs, non-pasteurized dairy products, organic meats, prepared foods from vendors, apple cider doughnuts and handmade crafts and goods.
- For more information please call Special Events Coordinator Christy Solneurtz: 561-630-1107 or visit their website.
Palm Beach Gardens Park
4301 Burns Rd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
West Palm Beach GreenMarket
Fresh off its successful summer run, Palm Beach County’s longest running greenmarket is back for its 18th season. The WPB GreenMarket is setting up shop every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting October 6 through April. Located at the vast and beautiful public waterside space, Waterfront Commons, in downtown West Palm Beach, the area’s original green market offers great food with a view, and is accessible by boat, with free dockage at the City Docks. With one of the best selections of vendors and produce from local farmers, the Saturday stroll through the Waterfront should be on the top of everyone’s to-do list this season. A hallmark of downtown's revitalization, the WPB GreenMarket is designed to promote locally grown seasonal produce and stimulate agricultural development all while enhancing the sense of community.
- Offerings: Seasonal fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, herbs and leafy greens, organic produce, artisan foods, fresh-cut flowers, orchids, tropical, exotic, native, potted and ornamental plants, food vendors for both breakfast and lunch.
- Artisan foods include but not limited to: Beef jerky, homemade guacamole, oils and vinegars, organic and raw foodstuffs and meals, cider doughnuts, assorted teas and coffees, crab cakes, local seafood, fresh baked goods and pastries (Chunkie Dunkies' raw/vegan cookies), kettle corn, nuts and dried goods, homemade pickles, dog treats, fresh pastas and sauces, flavored honeys, smoothies and ice creams, domestic and imported meats and cheeses.
- Complimentary parking is available at the Banyan Street Garage or arrive by boat and utilize the City Docks.
Waterfront Commons, Downtown West Palm Beach
101 N. Flagler Dr.