After a summer too hot for even the diehard sunworshipping types to handle, the “season” is here.
No, not the one that involves tourists driving slowly in the left lane and clogging up restaurants. We’re talking greenmarkets in Palm Beach County.
Why is greenmarket time a good thing? You get fresh produce, meats, dairy, honey, jams, bread and pastries, health and beauty products, crafts, and pet products, and:
- You know the source: most of what is offered is grown or made locally.
- You shop locally; the money you spend here stays here.
- You get to know the faces behind what you buy. Make connections, make friends.
- Speaking of friends, you’ll see plenty of yours at the markets. It’s a great way for families to spend the day.
- The markets are a great source for holiday gifts you will never see in your big box store or online.
- If you are a local vendor with a great product, but don’t want to sell in a traditional brick-and-mortar location, or don’t have the funds to do so, the local markets are an economical way to either start your homegrown business, or make additional money.
Here’s a list of county markets, along with two additional locations outside the county that are worth a drive:
Jupiter: the Abacoa greenmarket is up first, opening this Saturday, Sept. 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Center, 1200 Town Center Drive.
West Palm Beach opens Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the largest of the county markets, and is located around Nancy Graham Plaza at the waterfront, 1 Clematis St.
Palm Beach Gardens opens its outdoor market Sunday, Oct 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the ball fields behind the police and fire station, 10500 Military Trail (at Burns Road).
Tequesta also opens Sunday, Oct. 6 at Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Road. The market hours have changed to 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Unlike the other markets, which maintain a weekly schedule, Tequesta’s market is the first Sunday of the month for the first three months and its final month (Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and April 6) but twice a month for January (5, 19), February (2, 16) and March (2, 16).
Royal Palm Beach has jumped into the market mix with a Sunday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Oct. 20 at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. (at Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) This market will also feature an antiques bazaar.
West Boca has been pretty successful throughout the summer, and is still ongoing every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olympic Heights High School. 20101 Lyons Road.
Lake Worth has a Saturday market beginning Oct. 12 from to at 1 S. Ocean Blvd. at Lake Avenue. This market is primarily produce, plants and local crafts with one heckuva view of the ocean!
East Boca has no opening date on their Facebook page, but the market is located in the Royal Palm Plaza parking lot, South Federal Highway and South Mizner Boulevard.
Delray Beach also does not list an opening day, but when it does, you’ll find it at Old School Square Park, NE 2 Avenue a half-block north of Atlantic Avenue. Look for a mid-October opening.
Wellington's market opens later than most, on Saturday, Nov. 9 and runs every Saturday through April 26 at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 Forest Hill Blvd.
Stuart (Martin County) is a year-round market at City Hall, 121 SW Flagler Ave., every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's a compact area with a limited number of vendors, but the waterfront views and the opportunity to shop and dine along Flagler Avenue, Osceola Street and the little alleys in between makes the trip worthwhile.
Fort Pierce (Indian River County) is another year-round market, this time on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon along the waterfront at Gazebo Park, Orange Avenue and North Indian River Drive. Be prepared to walk; this is another big market, with over 60 regular vendors.
Most of the markets are still looking for vendors. Follow the links and find out how you can showcase your products!