8 Best Farmers Markets Around West Palm Beach
As the interest in all things green and sustainable continues to rise, it’s no wonder that farmers markets would find no shortage of interest or revenue. As if it isn’t enough that West Palm Beach is quickly becoming a cultural center in its own right, featuring excellent schools, restaurants, and nightlife, the county and surrounding environs are home to both well-established and newer farmers markets.
There are dozens of excellent farmers markets in the area—too many to catalogue here. This will be your introduction to eight of the most alluring—and should whet your appetite to visit them yourself!
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1. Lake Worth Beach Waterside Farmer's Market
The Lake Worth market is home to over 80 local vendors primarily featuring locally-grown fruits and vegetables. However, organically-made baked goods, pastries, and other sweets make regular appearances, as do fresh flowers, jams, jellies, and other delights. The market is open from the months of October through April on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
2. Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar
One of the newer local markets (founded in 2013), this community gem calls Lakeside at Village Hall on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and Okeechobee its home. The market is open from Mid-October through to the end of April of each year.
Allowing locals and tourists alike to sample their famous cider donuts, alongside honey, herbs, homemade spices, flowers, and tons of fresh fruit and vegetables.
As with several other markets, the one in Royal Palm Beach is also home to lots of artisanal works, whether pastries or the work of jewelers and other handcraft makers.
3. Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket
Founded in 2011, this market features 120 different vendors and runs on Sundays, 8 am to 1 pm from May to October of each year. (During the summer months, it moves indoors to a local storage facility on North Military Trail, while at other times of the year it is at its normal location—City Hall Municipal Campus)
Local vendors have everything from jerky to pastries to flowers. Breads, seafood, cheeses, sauces, honey, and produce are also in abundance. There is also live music by local artists. Because the market is an arm of the city of Palm Beach Gardens, city ordinances apply, which means no pets are allowed other than service animals.
4. West Palm Beach GreenMarket
This is one of the larger offerings in the region, boasting of over eighty vendors that swarm here each Saturday from 9 to 1 pm. While the market is closed for the summer until October 1, 2017 (the typical open season is from October to June), you can anticipate all the lovely things the market has to offer.
Besides the staples of fruits and vegetables, numerous local eateries and companies tempt passersby with everything from beef to biscotti, bread, dog treats (!), soap, pickles, olive oil, coffee beans, granola, even boba juices.
Arguably a main attraction of this market is its location right on the famed WPB waterfront. Who wouldn’t want to smell near-perfect flowers and sample fresh fruit while the breeze from lapping waves washes over you?
The market also features free (free!) parking in two nearby garages during market hours, and there’s always live music. Dogs and other critters are more than welcome, and mom and dad can sneak unlimited mimosas while the kids dig through the pastries you just bought.
5. Stuart Green Market
Located at Flagler Park right in Stuart this market began in 1997 and is open each Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Local farmers and other creative types bring their coffees, goat cheeses, milk, honey, copper art (think handmade windchimes, sculpture and jewelry), hand-blended spices, hand-cast silver jewelry with inlaid river rocks and other stones, beef and other meats, eggs, watercolor paintings, clothes, cupcakes, Italian ice, handwoven baskets, lemonade, maple syrup, salt scrub, and seafood— there is even a blacksmith and a hat-maker!
6. J-Town Farmers Market
Located on the corner of Military Trail and Indiantown Road, this small but vibrant market offers not only lovely fruits and vegetables, but crafts (handmade windchimes, dolls, handwoven bags and baskets), pickles, honey, tea leaves, coffee beans, more flowers than you’d think exist, and lots of delicious pastries and baked goods. Open Sundays from 9a.m. - 1p.m.
7. Green Market at Delray Beach
Begun in 1996, this market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm from October to May; it also has a summer season (June 4 to August 20th of each year, with fewer vendors). The market resides at the corner of East Atlantic Avenue and North Swinton Avenue, in downtown Delray Beach.
Sixty-five vendors bring fresh produce, honey, jams, fish, pickles, paella, flowers, and multiple kinds of ethnic cuisine. Asides the gastric enjoyment to be had, local artists provide concerts and background music, and dogs are welcome to romp freely. Parking is free in a nearby garage.
8. The Market Company
Our final entry is really a gateway to about a dozen markets spread throughout southern Florida in the Miami area. Originally begun as the Lincoln Road Farmers Market in the late 1990s (which still operates each Sunday in Miami Beach), the company has since grown to include locations in multiple towns and even on several college campuses, with at least one market open each day of the week!
Local farmers, artisans, and other vendors provide the markets with honey, organic cheeses, flavored pastas (!), and traditional French pastries, and so much more. More information about this and the other venues can be found on the website.
If your local grocery store is like mine, you’re often disappointed with the quality of the produce you spend good money on. Who wants to bring a package of cherry tomatoes home that are soft before they even get on the counter, or bananas that are already turning? But lots of chain stores have their products pass through a lot of hoops between the field and your kitchen.
Besides the difference in quality (most farmers market products are only hours beyond harvesting), the simple fact is these local enterprises offer a much more intimate, personal, communal feel than shopping at a supermarket. Where else can you meet the people whose hands picked the strawberries you just bought, or the flowers you’re taking home to your wife, or the coffee beans you’re using in your French press? For decades farmers markets have been staples of the communities they enhance, unite, and enrich. Being able to support hardworking local farmers while enjoying delicious and beautiful products can only cultivate the life and culture of any town. How blessed the people of South Florida are to have a virtually limitless constellation of options from which to choose!
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