Fresh off its inaugural Summer GreenMarket, the Delray Beach GreenMarket is moving back to its odl stomping grounds, Old School Sqaure Park, on October 31, for the start of its 20th season. The largest green market in southern Palm Beach County, with more than 65 vendors setting up temporary shop each week, the market has become the go-to spot for the community to find locally grown produce, just-picked citrus, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, fresh-caught seafood (Finn-Atic Fish Co. is a personal favorite), and antibiotics and hormone-free beef, poultry and pork (Arrowhead Beef and Farris Farm both make the trek to Delray Beach), not to mention the array of artisanal prepared foods and handmade crafts.
Presented by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the green market runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning October 31 through May 9
Presented by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the green market runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning October 25 through May 9 at Old School Square Park – the market will move on select weekends for special events – more than 60 vendors join the open-air market each week. And there really is something for everyone, especially those adhering to strict diets. For those that live by a gluten-free and/or vegan lifestyle, finding prepared foods that don’t cost an arm and a leg can be difficult, which is why the trek to Delray Beach is a must on Saturday mornings. Inika Foods, the brainchild of sisters Nicolle and Natasha Minnerly, specialize in gluten-free, vegan foods like hummus and egg plant dips (baba ghanoush!), while Three Anns specializes in raw foods like nonbaked crackers, breads and cookies, as well as dried fruits and vegetables. And for those looking to learn about the healthy cooing, Fun with Food not only sells gluten and sugar-free baked goods, but also gives demos.
Aside from the great offerings, the Delray Green Market’s calendar is rife with fun events throughout the season, meaning the whole family will enjoy a trip to the market. On October 31, the market’s opening day will also share double duty with Halloween. The annual Trick or Treat at the Market will gives kids (young and old) an opportunity to jump start their Halloween candy haul, with vendors handing out goodies to the kids dressed to the Halloween nines. The famed Chili Cook-Off, now in its 18th year, is slated for February 21. Determine the winner in the battle between traditional and new age when you judge the People’s Choice award. On April 4, the Delray GreenMarket will host the fourteenth 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 presented by Mounts Botanical Garden will help guide those green thumbs.
Offering: Organic and nonorganic produce from local farmers and growers, breads, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, oils & vinegars, fresh cheese, pasta and sauces, pet supplies, raw fresh butter, milk and goat cheese, farm fresh eggs.
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 ($12), available at the GreenMarket every Saturday morning and the CRA office during the week. And stay in the know by frequenting the the Delray GreenMarket’s blog, and keep current on vendors, events, nutrition, green living and products.
- The Delray Beach GreenMarket runs Saturdays, October 25 through May 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Check here for blackout dates.
- Location: Old School Square Park – 50 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach
- For more information, visit delraycra.org/greenmarket.
Photography by Eduardo Schneder