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West Palm Beach GreenMarket Continues Growth and Branches Out
2017 – 2018 season to feature more than 90 vendors and guests can book historic tours starting “By the Banyan” more regularly
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 5, 2017) – For more than 20 years the West Palm Beach GreenMarket has been the premier Saturday spot to gather fresh food and local goods, and with more than 90 vendors signed up, the 2017 – 2018 season is just as promising. The 23rd season returns to the Waterfront on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The area’s first farmer’s market, the GreenMarket continues to grow – and branch out – with the addition of 15 new vendors and regular historical walking tours, launching “By the Banyan” at the corner of Lantana Ave. and North Clematis St.
“We are so thrilled with the continued organic growth of the GreenMarket, with this season marking our largest selection of vendors yet,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We have many popular vendors returning, including Cider Doughnuts, Mom’s Pops, and Joe’s Herbs and Ornamentals, in addition to new vendors Poke Smash, Korean Kitchen, and Gracie’s Greens, who all received high approval during the competitive selection process. As we near 25 years of offering our community a variety of fresh and local goods, we are pleased with the continued growth and additional layers of activity the GreenMarket provides.”
Local vendors offer a variety of products, including fresh produce, exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, gourmet and specialty foods, coffee and teas, and much more. In addition, the GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation.
Due to popular demand last season, the historical walking tours are back with regularity. The tours will begin “By the Banyan” at 10 a.m., last approximately an hour-and-a-half, and end at the Johnson History Museum. They will be amplified this year, to accommodate for larger groups, and led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez. Tours will take place twice a month, starting on October 7. The cost is $10 per person and require a minimum of 10 reservations. Visitors can learn more and purchase tickets by visiting www.hspbc.org/events/#historytours or calling 561.832.4164 ext. 2. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Guests are also encouraged to mark their calendars for special events and activities throughout the season, including a dog costume contest on October 28; Veteran’s Day activities on November 11; holiday decorating contest on December 16 and 23; a health and wellness theme to kick off the New Year on January 13; Strawberry Festival on February 10; and a celebration of all that is green on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Community Events, and will run weekly through Saturday, April 21, 2018, except for Saturday, March 24, 2018, due to the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The GreenMarket is friendly to dogs on short leashes and always free. Parking is free in two of the City’s closest garages, on the corners of Banyan/Olive and Evernia/Olive, during market hours. Those interested in arriving by boat can also take advantage of the City’s free public docks.
The mission of the West Palm Beach GreenMarket is to provide the community with seasonal access to locally grown fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, plants and agricultural products. The market supports the southeast Florida agricultural community and stimulates agricultural development, particularly in Palm Beach County, by providing an outlet for locally grown crops and specialty products.
GreenMarket Opening Day sponsors to date include: Schumacher Automotive, Vital Health Chiropractic, Hilton West Palm Beach, SUNNY 107.9, Palm Beach Medical, WIRK 103.1, Palm Beach Daily News and The Palm Beach Post.
For more information about the West Palm Beach GreenMarket and other Waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.