With fall quickly approaching, hungry guests will soon swarm home for the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving and the surrounding festivities make for a mile-long grocery list. But this time, skip the supermarket. Support local business, the environment and your health all at once by choosing a green market. The following five are back in business and prepared to meet your grandest produce needs. You’ll also find art, beauty and pet products!
1. Downtown Open Market
Third or fourth Sunday every month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One Sunday a month, Downtown Open Market unleashes a flood of vintage clothing, indie crafts, natural bath supplies and handmade jewelry. Shoppers can explore and buy handiwork from local artists, designers, crafters and musicians. Baked goods will be readily available for snacking. The market will be held every third Sunday of the month until May, with the exception of September, March and April which will be held on the fourth Sunday.
Address: 308 S. Federal Highway; Boca Raton, FL 33432
2. West Boca Green Market
Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As the largest year-round market in the county, West Boca Green Market has more than 100 vendors. Boasting everything from nut butters to cocktail soaps (Mojito, anyone?), the market also offers children’s activities so parents can focus. Face painting and train rides galore. Catch the fun year-round at Olympic Heights High School.
Address: 20101 Lyons Road; Boca Raton, FL 33434
3. Community Farmers’ Market at Boynton Beach
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With a specialization in food, the Boynton Beach Farmers’ Market offers local produce, fresh bakery items and Florida honey. For four-legged friends, natural pet foods also make an appearance. Located in Ocean Avenue Park, the market is open year-round.
Address: 100 NE 4th St.; Boynton Beach, FL33435
4. Green Market at Florida Atlantic University
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As part of FAU’s Mission Green campaign, the university’s market aims to improve sustainability and protect ecosystems as well as future generations. If you want to make the world a greener place, stop by and support the environmentally friendly vendors. You'll find organic products, fresh herbs, plants, flowers and artisan foods.
Address: 777 Glades Road; Boca Raton, FL 33431
5. West Palm Beach Green Market
Opens Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
Inspired by the public markets of Europe, the West Palm Beach Green Market promises quality to match its muse. Dainty delicacies like biscotti and garden tea make an appearance among the food vendors, as well as more eccentric fare like Voodoo Wicked’s Ghost Pepper Jelly. This market runs until May 31.
Address: 101 South Flagler Drive; West Palm Beach, FL 33401