Fall isn’t marked by a change in leaf color, but by the opening of area green markets for the fall-winter season.
All the familiar ones are back, with a few new vendors in each. Pies are the thing of the moment, displacing cupcakes for the sweet-tooth fanatics. Look for beekeepers to bring in more honey varieties, fresh pasta providers, and some chowderheads stewing up clams and more.
Bring the kids – there’s nowhere better than a greenmarket or farmer’s market to teach them where their food comes from than seeing a live goat and goat cheese in a booth.
Here’s a look at what green markets have to offer this year:
West Palm Beach Greenmarket: Saturdays, Downtown at Clematis and Flagler in Waterfront Park
A new herb garden has sprouted at the GreenMarket – now growing into its 17th season. The garden is located by the Visitor’s Center – GreenMarket visitors each get a bag of fresh rosemary from the garden on opening day (while supplies last).
The West Palm Beach Marriott lends its chef, Chris Gegweck and director of restaurant operations, Ellis Cooley, to the market as demonstration chefs and promoters of farm-to-table foods. They’ll kick off the cooking demos Saturday with an arugula salad, confit chicken, grilled lemon and thyme – recipe cards will be available. The team, which is transforming Bistro One Ten at the Marriott to a farm-to-table stand-alone restaurant menu, will be back each month on the second Saturdays.
Look for fresh produce, new apiarists, fresh baked goods, pickles, cupcakes, smoothies, produce from several local growers, gourmet prepared foods and condiments, flowers and plants – even trees.
My pick for walk-around food: Conch salad from Sisters in the Pot.
Boca Raton Greenmarkets (Two markets!) – Saturdays, Royal Palm Place (South Mizner Blvd. and Federal Hwy.); Wednesday evenings (4-7 p.m.) at Glades Plaza (Glades Road at 19th St.) next to Hooter’s
Arrowhead’s grassfed beef from Florida is touted as the healthy alternative to the grocery-store varieties – and both markets feature the lean, all-natural product. A number of plant, produce stands, prepared food booths, bakery items and more are on tap for Boca cooks and shoppers.
My pick for walk-around food: Lobster roll from the Jupiter Chowderheads.
Delray Greenmarket on 4th – Atlantic Avenue and Southeast 4th Street
Jerry Sanchez of Jerry’s Here will bring farm-fresh produce from his Homestead farm to this year’s Delray Greenmarket. Winnie Diggins Edwards, a Delray native, will be making Key lime pies (described by one taster as “out of this world!”), mango-coconut rum and spiced chocolate chip pumpkin breads to the market. A humus maker, and juicer with fresh-squeezed OJ and other citrus juices will be on hand for sipping.
And the annual chili cookoff at the market will return.
My pick for a walk-around food: Spiced chocolate chip pumpkin bread from Winnie Diggins Edwards
Lake Worth Farmers Market – Waterway Park, A1A and Lake Avenue bridge (northeast side) – Saturdays
Though the market will miss its famous mascot – Lady Godiva the greyhound – it celebrates Saturday with a number of new vendors.
Pamela’s Pies of Lantana will have some twists on old favorite pies – and you can sample with a slice before you buy a whole pie. VooDoo Wicked Gourmet Provisions will bring gourmet foodstuffs for cooks; Cathy’s Chocolate Pound Cake should satisfy chocolate and cake lovers. J Street Bakery joins the market (they are known for gluten-free offerings). The Big Locke Mobile Kitchen (food truck) brings big Southern breakfasts to the market.
My pick for a walk-around food: A slice of fresh pecan pie from Pamela’s Pies.
Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket – Burns Road at Military Trail, in City complex – Sundays
More than 100 vendors will be on hand for this popular Sunday morning market. A number of small bakers and food producers will be taking advantage of the new state law that allows “cottage industry” small-scale cooks to provide foods from their home kitchens. (Watch for a story on my blog about these.)
For the kids and adults is the Bright Futures Academy production results. This local academy has an outdoor classroom with a vegetable garden, cistern and outdoor kitchen. They raise chickens for eggs as well as rabbits; they will be selling vegetables, eggs and bunnies at the market.
A composting program is also part of this market: after Halloween, visitors can bring in their smashed or rotted pumpkins and contribute to the compost to be donated at Kai Kai farms and others.
My pick for walk-around food: Cider donuts, hot from the fryer.