The slightly cooler temperatures and helpful cloud cover made Week 2 of the Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket a great day to shop and eat. Many of the vendors who have attended for years are back this season, along with a few new ones.
From Chinese food to conch salad and Belgian waffles to bagels and bialys, if you're hungry for it early, you'll find it at the market, all set in tune to live jazz. So, who's back and who's just getting started this year?
Castronovo Chocolates has returned, and brought two new bars: a 70% Tumbes Peru and for those of you who have to have your milk chocolate, a 60% Nicaragua with Fleur de Sel. Castronovo recently opened a retail store and Florida's only bean-to-bar plant in Stuart. There's a chocolate and wine tasting event coming up; you can get the details here.
Bread by Johnny's Johnny VanCora is maxing out his weekends: he's hired help and is working both this and the Tequesta Greenmarket, bringing his white and wheat artisan loaves to the carb-worshipping masses. And yes, he's still only in high school, folks.
And for something to dip that bread into, step over to Hadaya Spice, for small packets of salts, teas, pungent herbs and spices (at $3 a bag, it's a great way to try new flavors) and their exclusive Greek olive oil. While many people consider Italian olive oil to be the "original," olives were actually cultivated and processed in Greece some 4,000 years before ever reaching the shores of Italy.
Joey's Home Bakery is still on its way to becoming a full-fledged business outside her home; the bakery, which is located near the intersection of I-95 and Woolbright Road, is scheduled to open sometime in November. Until then, her huge line of gluten-free baked goods is still available at the market.
Farriss Farms, with their hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and eggs, also has honey for sale this year. And the bins of D & D Family Farms are full of produce; in fact, it looks like all the produce stands had a good spring and summer and have plenty to sell.
A "new" bagel shop has opened in Palm Beach Gardens: Madison Square Bagel took over the old Manhattan Bagel shop, and their big, brawny bagels are exactly what many New Yorkers think of when they think of bagels. You can buy a dozen or just one, with a "schmear" of flavored cream cheese, butter or PB&J. Check out the full restaurant/catering menu, featuring stacked deli sandwiches, grilled favorites with everything from pastrami to a chicken Cuban (chicken, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, mayo and mustard) and their other baked goods. And if you have a hankering for babka, challah, onion board, marble cake and strudel, Starz Bakery is back this year, too.
The Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket is located at 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through April. Parking is available on the east side of the market.