South Florida’s green markets are a great place to find locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal foods and a sense of community. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite markets that dot the Palm Beach County map.
|Downtown West Palm Beach
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket marks its twentieth year of bringing locally grown goods to Palm Beach County.
Lake Worth Farmers Market
With one of the best views in town, the Lake Worth Farmers Market is one of the best shopping excursions in town. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, the seaside farmers’ market is located in Old Bridge Park in Lake Worth (northwest corner of Lake Ave. and A1A), open from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. every Saturday, beginning October 24 through April 2016. With a collection of vendors on hand, this is small community market is a great place to shop, eat, and just hang out.
Offerings: 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. Shoppers can choose from 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, and dressings.
As for crafts, dubbed Canal St. South, the farmers’ market has quickly become a destination for local artists, artisans, and craftspeople to share their creations, from home decor to clothing and more.
Extra: The paddling along the Lake Worth Lagoon, just off the location of the Oceanside Farmers Market is top notch. Find out more about where to go and how to score a kayak, delivered right to you, here.
- Runs every Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., from October 24 through April 2016.
- Location: Old Bridge Park – 1 South Ocean Boulevard, Lake Worth
- For vendor application and more information about the Lake Worth Farmers, visit lakeworthfarmersmarket.com.
The Gardens GreenMarket gives shoppers a Sunday destination to get all their sustainably grown produce and artisanal prepared foods.
Jupiter has grown a lot over the years, so much so that there is now a “downtown” in the midst of the north county town boasting two Sunday morning green markets—and they are both within walking distance from one another.
The year-round Jupiter Green & Artisan Market, located beneath the Indiantown Bridge will continue the Sunday morning schedule for 2015-2016. Open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the small green market stretches throughout the Riverwalk Events Plaza is the shadow of the humming Indiantown Bridge, making it one of the only true rain-proof green markets in the county—while all are rain or shine, this one will actually keep the rain (and harsh sun) off your back.
Offerings: Smaller in scope than many green markets, the Jupiter Green & Artisan Market offers a selection of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs; prepared foods, from pesto to breads; pastas, cheeses, and more. As for none perishables, the market has a wide collection of artisans and crafters in hand, selling jewelry, clothing, home decor items, handmade soaps and beauty products, beach gear, and more.
- Every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Location: Eastern intersection of Indiantown Road and US 1, underneath the bridge. Parking under the bridge and at the nearby parking garage.
- For more information, visit jupitergreenmarket.com. http://harrysmarkets.webstarts.com/index.html
Just a few strides north, the Jupiter Farmers Market at Harbourside Place will once again settle into season, beginning on Sunday, October 25, and continuing every Sunday through April 2016. Open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and located along the Intracoastal Waterway promenade not far from the amphitheater, this year promises to build on last year’s good vibes, with 50 farmers and food producers manning tents and food booths. Fill those reusable eco-bags with just-harvested, local fruits and vegetables, local honey, potted flowers, herbs, and house plants, baked goods, fresh caught seafood, artisanal foods, and much more.
The farmers’ market is just but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Sunday Funday activities at Harbourside Place. Following the farmers market, the amphitheater will come to life with live music from 3-7 p.m. Grab a refreshing beverage at one of the local watering holes—The Woods Jupiter is a pretty chic sports bar setup, and is just steps away from the stage—and enjoy live tunes on the waterfront.
- Every Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., October 25 through April 2016.
- Location: Harbourside Place
- For more information, visit jupiterfarmersmarket.com.
Green Market Vendor Spotlight
As green market season begins, we would like to shine a light on some of the vendors that keep us coming back week after week. As season progresses we will update the spotlight with our latest faves.
Better Brew by Mary Murray
Fermented foods and drinks have long been linked to good gut health and digestion due to their abundance of probiotics. Kombucha, a fermented drink made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast, has grown in popularity in recent years because of its purported health benefits and can now be found in national grocery chains and hip eateries. In Palm Beach Gardens, One Kombucha takes a craft approach to the tea, offering eight flavors on tap, including grape, passion fruit, ginger lemon and apple spice—all of which are certified organic. Owner Danny Mancini describes the taste of kombucha as “slightly sweet, with a light tang from the acidity” and praises its vitamin B content. When you purchase a bottle, glass or growler of One Kombucha, you’re not just enjoying a healthy sip but also contributing to a good cause, as Mancini donates a portion of proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- One Kombucha can be found at brewery in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket; available on tap and growler refills. For more information, call 561-469-8478 or visit onekombucha.com.
Clean & Green
The green market is not just a great place to find organic, locally grown fuel for your body, but also a great place to find all natural bath and beauty products to keep you squeaky clean. Case in point: Moonlight Radiance Artisan Soaps. Makers of all natural, chemical-free soaps and bath products, Moonlight balances high quality oils, pure essential oils, micas, vegetable butters, teas, clays, and botanicals—aged to perfection—to create aromatic and nourishing soaps that leave the skin feeling clean and healthy. While the option of soaps and products seems endless, my personal favorite is the Onyx Detox soap ($8, 5.5 oz. bar). Made with activated charcoal, this soap draws out toxins, leaving the skin fresh and smooth, while the slight floral notes leave it a light fragrance that is not overpowering. And it’s black, which is pretty cool
- Available at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, and the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market on the third and fourth Sunday of the month. For more information, visit moonlightradiance.com.
For those on the hunt for all-natural, humane, sustainably raised beef, poultry, and eggs, look no further than Farriss Farms. Specializing in 100 percent grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture raised heritage chicken and Berkshire pork, and true free-range, cage-free eggs; everything raised by the Farriss’ is hormone and antibiotic-free. The humane, earth-friendly farming practices shows in the flavor of the meat, while being locally raised helps reduce its carbon footprint—it is a mere fraction of store-bought meat and poultry. But while the meats are a-plus, it’s the eggs that keeps the Farriss Farm’s green market tent abuzz. The Farriss’ flock is a mix of heritage breeds (Brahmas, Rhode Island Reds, Red Stars, Australorps, and more), living a true cage-free, pasture lifestyle, spending their days foraging for grubs and laying eggs. The eggs come in a variety of colors and sizes, making each dozen and half dozen purchased a kaleidoscope of oblong, richly flavored protein bombs.
- Farriss Farm can be found at the West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens green markets this season. For more information, visit farrissfarm.com.