The day was picture-perfect, if still a bit summer-warm, and opening day of Tequesta's greenmarket season still drew the faithful, despite the change of day (from Sundays to Saturdays) and the earlier opening time (9 a.m.). The Constitution Park setting is quite possibly one of the best in the county, even without the waterfront view other markets enjoy.
Why is Tequesta's once a month market a good one for your food calendar?
- The park has a playground, real restrooms, benches, shade and a walkway that winds between the vendor booths. It's the perfect setting for shopping, strolling, eating, listening to live music or watching the kids play.
- And speaking of music, the jazz-infused popular standards performed this week provided the kind of backdrop that makes you want to sing along, stay and shop.
- As for the vendors, there are some returning favorites, including Bread by Johnny Van Cora. Johnny's a high school senior now, so his departure for college is coming soon. Get his hearty loaves while you can.
- Not Just Tea and Cakes by Brenda Anderson has also returned, with her big jars of cookies and specialty scones and breads. Brenda is baking for the holidays; watch for her pumpkin bread and cranberry scones.
- And some new vendors to watch for: The Twisted Whisk out of Tequesta with their organic baked and raw treats. They use honey and dates to sweeten their cookies and brownies; the flavor is not your typical bakery item. Much less sweet, though not savory; somewhere in between. And the company works with a cause: they donate to the Save the Manatee Club.
- Daisy Cakes is all red - red velvet, that is. Kim Sanders can make red velvet cupcakes, cakes, bonbons, whoopie pies, cookies; you name it. And you can name it, because she also does special orders.
- Food trucks are not left out of the market picture: The bright white Hen House Chicken has chicken just about any way you want it, from over biscuits to Thai-style lettuce wraps to classic fried chicken. If the bird is your word, you're in luck with this truck.
The Tequesta greenmarket is attended mostly by locals who can walk, bike or drive over from the nearby neighborhoods. And in a way, that's a shame. The market deserves more attention from a wider audience. And as more vendors find the village a nice place to do business, that wider audience will certainly follow.
The next market is Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Rd. (a block north of the intersection of Tequesta Drive and Seabrook Road). Parking is available at Gallery Square North and South, both just east of the park, as well as the church parking lot just south of the park.