The Tequesta greenmarket season has come to an end with yesterday's combined market and community Easter egg hunt. Although vendor attendance was down due to the holiday, enthusiasm was no less evident that it was throughout the seven-month market period. The event underwent some schedule changes, but that did not stop locals from attending, buying and hanging out with their neighbors.
Here's seven reasons this season's market was one to remember:
- Easter eggs in Constitution Park: a perfect venue for even small children to go on a hunt. The park is shady and small enough for even the youngest child to fill that basket, and for parents to easily keep an eye on them.
- Bunnies on Easter: to look at and to pet, and the kids were fascinated. Does it get any cuter?
- Food to eat and to grow: You could buy your herbs and produce table-ready, or get dirty and plant your own.
- Innovative local food: from basil lemonade to fresh pickles, spices, pepper jellies, vegan cuisine, locally-roasted coffee, pet treats and chicken and waffles, there was culinary variety throughout the season.
- Live music: it was low-key and really suited the venue. Not too loud and the perfect songs for strolling the market.
- The village's Parks and Recreation Department: for always showing up, keeping things in order and engaging the public. Shoppers only see the results once a month, but the market is hard work all year round.
- Johnny's going to college: You came, you tasted, you bought his bread, and now that dough is sending Bread by Johnny's Johnny VanCora to Cornell in the fall. He'll be attending the prestigious School of Hospitality, and while we'll miss him, he'll be here for the summer, baking and selling at the Palm Beach Gardens greenmarket.
Stay cool this summer and the next market season will be here before you know it.
Good hunt, full basket
That's a lot of eggs in two baskets. Looks like someone had a great Easter Egg hunt. Bad weather early in the day threatened the event, but the rain cleared just in time.
The Easter bunnies' arrival
"I want that one..no, that one. Gee, it would be easier if they would quit hopping around. OK, they're all cute. I can't decide!"
A plethora of food plants
From tomatoes on the vine and herbs in the pot to decorative flowering species, the market has always provided a selection to enhance local tables and gardens.
Food finds figure big at market time
Whether it's barbeque, exotic spices, vegan baked goods, fresh produce, pickles, pepper jelly or Sweet Marie's handheld chicken and waffles, the food is always good.
Live music on the bandstand
Sometimes it was a duo, and sometimes a guitarist. But the music always suited the market. Lively yet low-key, it never overpowered the surroundings.
Parks and Rec at the heart of it all
Someone has to do the year-round work to sign up and vet vendors, set up and break down the park, and make sure everything is done right and everyone is having a good time. Thanks Parks and Recreation Department!
Dough for college
We'll miss him, but Johnny VanCora's hard work has paid off. Cornell University wants him, and that's where he's off to in the fall.