Last year's GreenMarket opening day in West Palm Beach. [Photo by Scott Wiseman via the City of West Palm Beach]
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is opening this weekend for its 29th season. The market will start Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St.
This year’s GreenMarket will have 125 vendors, including 30 that are new: Azme Taco, Brooklyn Cupcake, CasaPan Healthy Artisan Breads, Casa Truffle, Catherine’s Clean Skincare, Coastal Clay, Coconut Bar, Coley’s Crumbs, Colorado Coffer, Creamed Honey Co., Cultures, Earl’s Slow and Low BBQ, Farmerboxmeal, Fruitful Society Mushrooms, Heavenly Green, Hive Bakery & Cafe, Holy Smokes Fish Dip, Homegrown Shrimp USA, Kcee Nursery, Lo’s Pie Shop, La Strada, Liquid Gold Honey, Palm Beach Salt Co., Rancher’s Reserve, Rosa Ice Cream, Sugar Coat It Bakery, The Kookie Box, The Native Bird, The Stand by Palmtrees & Popcorn, and Whispering Oak Kombucha.
This year’s theme, “Here We Grow Again,” highlights the growth of the market over the years. The GreenMarket is also celebrating its third year on USA Today’s 10Best list for farmers markets.
“What an honor it is to hold the title as the No. 1 market in the U.S. for not just another year, but three years in a row,” says Mary Pinak, the community events manager for the city of West Palm Beach. “We are grateful to our community for making this possible, especially those who participate and support our market week after week, including our vendors, sponsors and marketgoers.”
The GreenMarket will feature musical acts and weekly workshops such as salsa and ceviche making. A master chef showcase will feature a different cuisine on the first Saturday of each month, and the winning chef will be announced in April when the season closes.
The market supports the southeast Florida agricultural community and stimulates agricultural development, particularly in Palm Beach County, by providing an outlet for local crops and specialty products.
Parking is available in the city’s public garages, which are the Clematis, Banyan, City Center, Sapodilla and Evernia garages. The Banyan and Evernia garages are closest to the event and charge an all-day weekend flat rate of $5. The City Center, Clematis and Sapodilla garages are free during market hours, with current rates in effect afterward.
For more information about the GreenMarket, including a full list of vendors and details on the weekly workshops, visit www.wpb.org/events, or call 561-822-1515.