There are many factors that are important to a community’s quality of life—built and natural environments, economic prosperity, and educational opportunity as well as cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities. West Palm Beach is an example of a South Florida city building a more livable community for people of all ages.
West Palm hosts a variety of activities throughout the month aimed for the public to participate freely, bringing the livability quotient to a higher level, particularly socially. On top of an award-wining number of events, the seasonal weekly West Palm Beach GreenMarket is a top attraction that uniquely engages locals and visitors as the flagship of weekly events in the city.
The current location for the Farmers Market is along the gorgeous waterfront as streets nearby its regular site are undergoing renovations, part of a streetscape project for the main street of the city—Clematis St. For a span of 4 hours, tons of booths line up Flagler Drive offering delectable gourmet and specialty foods, fresh produce, local goods, exotic plants, and flowers. But there’s much more than that which makes this Green Market an event that evokes great interest.
Beyond a large number of vendors, there are free activities for kids, music, and plentiful green space to create the perfect scenery for families and friends to get together and enjoy a morning of fun and relaxation.
“I usually come to the market to buy my produce,” says Elizabeth Kisner from West Palm Beach. “There’s no other place in the city where you have all this at a time: music, fun for kids, lots of friendly people walking by, and plenty of food.”
The event’s website lists more than 90 vendors of the region’s best farmers and producers usually participating every week, offering fresh, homemade wares. They carry everything from freshly baked bread to pickles, spices, herbs to pastries to exotic flowers and fresh catch.
When it comes to specialty foods, mini cider doughnuts are among the market’s fan favorite. Strollers are seen with paper cup cones from the Cider Doughnuts booth that sell for just $5.
There’s a booth selling handcraft pies called ArtPie. These are very creative pies with names as innovative as the pies themselves—Elenor Roosevelt, Pocahontas, Billie Jean King, Coco Chanel, Celia Cruz. I counted more than 20 flavors and the presentation was unique.
Facing the waterfront, tucked into a corner behind a variety of interior tropical foliage and blooming seasonal patio plants, a local musician delighted a small crowed cozily sitting amidst benches and seats set for the market. Unlimited Mimosas are served nearby for only $10 and the smell of freshly made Arepas fill the space invitingly.
Not far, market strollers are drawn into the Loic Bakery booth. There, Chef Loic Autret sells bread made fresh, but he also shares his passion for food and people as he takes time to talk to the buyers about what to eat the bread with, the ingredients he used to bake it, and how to store it at home.
There are many reasons to love West Palm Beach. The culture, architecture, and diversity – it’s safe to say that the city is leading the way in South Florida with uncommon energy that makes it so special. The Green Market is playing an incredible momentum that seems to come from a broad base of support, including caring farmers and producers, chefs, restauranteurs, other culinary professionals, and people in the community. The vibe here makes no exception—thousands come for the freshest local produce, to relax with scenic views, and to enjoy the myriad community and cultural activities.
If you visit, West Palm Beach GreenMarket happens every Saturday morning from 9 am to 1 pm in downtown West Palm Beach. Check www.wpb.org for information on parking and seasonal events.
The weekly West Palm Beach GreenMarket is a flagship event in West Palm Beach, Florida, building a more livable community for people of all ages.