LIKE GREEN MARKETS AND FARMERS MARKETS? Farmers Markets are sprouting up all over South Florida. Local and organic fruits and vegetables are plentiful as well as many artisan products such as baked goods and breads, jelly’s, cheeses, eggs, flowers and plants. Every market is different yet they all continue to grow and expand weekly with more vendors and visitors. They’re booming in South Florida! Many markets are still traditional weekend markets but there is a year round and weekday trend starting to take hold. See the list of Markets in Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami Dade County: CLICK HERE
Here are some specific ones!
Downtown Open Market- Boca Raton-Boca Raton GreenMarket, every Saturday from October to May, 8am to 1pm, Royal Palm Place Shopping Center south parking lot, intersection of S Federal Hwy and S Mizner Blvd. For information (561) 299-8684–offers 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. Address: 308 S. Federal Highway; Boca Raton, FL 33432 Email: info@DowntownOpenMarket.com Website: www.downtownopenmarket.com
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, too!), the market also offers children’s activities so parents can focus-( Face painting and train rides) Catch the fun year-round at Olympic Heights High School.Address: 20101 Lyons Road; Boca Raton, FL 33434- Phone: 561/929-0237Website: www.westbocagreenmarket.com
Green Market at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton–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 eco-systems 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-Phone: 561/297-2211-Website: www.fau.edu/missiongreen
Parkland Farmers Market-8350 Ranch Rd., Parkland-(954) 757-4120-Open seasonally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, November-April, 9 am-1 pm-–Parkland’s popular Farmers Market at the Equestrian Center attracts locals and tourists who haul out bags full of fresh produce, homemade pastries, crafts and flowers. Live performances and children’s activities make a morning at the market a special outing for the entire family.
Delray Beach Green Market–Saturdays 9am -2pm-SE 4th Street 1/2 block south of Atlantic Avenue, downtown Delray Beach 561-276-7511–(Note: Open between October and May-Always call first-Market schedules change)-This outdoor green market is held in historic downtown Delray Beach, attracting health-conscious residents who love to cook and shop for local produce, herbs, dairy products, all natural chicken and grass-fed meats. You’ll also find gourmet foods, plants, flowers and gift items. Every week brings a different live performance and animals from local farms.
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, FL 33435-Phone: 561/714-2745-Website: www.communityfarmersmarketsofsouthflorida.com
Lake Worth Farmers Market–Saturdays 8am-1pm-At 1 South Ocean Boulevard (NE corner of Lake Ave and A1A) Lake Worth (561) 547-3100–(Always call before going-market schedules change)
West Palm Beach Green Market-Opens October 5-Saturdays 9am-1pm-Inspired by the public markets of Europe, the West Palm Beach Green Market promises quality. 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-.At 101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach (downtown at Clematis Street and Flagler Drive in Waterfront Park)-561-822-15215- Season is October to May- www.wpb.org/greenmarket/
Note: South Florida is one of the nation’s top growers of produce, and the prolific winter growing season helps the local farm-to-table movement thrive. Whether open seasonally or year-round, there are plenty of choices when it comes to finding a fabulous farmers market in the Fort Lauderdale area:
Marando Farms in Ft. Lauderdale–Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm-1401 S.W. First Avenue, downtown Fort Lauderdale-954-294-2331-Open year round- Info: CLICK HERE
Sun Fresh Farmers Market in Ft. Lauderdale-1305 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale-(954) 771-9700-Hours: Year-round, Monday-Saturday, 8 am-7 pm, Sunday 8 am-6 pm-This indoor neighborhood market in Fort Lauderdale is known for its fair prices and wide selection of produce, eggs and nuts. The spacious store is well organized and uncluttered, making it easy to shop. The market offers weekly specials.
Batten’s Farmers Market in Davie-6807 Stirling Rd., Davie-(954) 990-7820-Hours: Year-round, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 am–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm-Batten’s Farmers Market is a local icon, acclaimed for its abundance of delicious strawberries that grow during winter and spring. The farmstead experienced difficult times and closed in 2008, but it reopened in 2011 under new ownership. Batten’s continues its tradition of selling fresh conventional and organic produce from local farmers, in addition to breads, raw honey, nuts, jams and jellies. There’s also a milkshake and smoothie counter. Kids enjoy the petting zoo, and can take cooking and gardening classes.
Pompano Beach Green Market– 100 N.E. First St., Pompano Beach-(954) 782-3015-Hours: Open seasonally on Saturdays only, late October-April, 8 am-1 pm-Located in downtown Pompano Beach, this outdoor market is a favorite for locals. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, seafood, coffee and packaged gourmet foods. There are also books, historical photos, orchids and plants for sale. Some market days coincide with other city events such as art festivals and historical walking tours. Live entertainment is provided every week.Saturdays, 8am-1pm-across from City Hall Pompano Beach- (Call before going; market schedules change)- CLICK HERE
Josh’s Organic Garden and Juice Bar in Hollywood-Ocean Walk, 101 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood-(954) 456-3276-Hours: Year-round on Sundays only, 9 am-5:30 pm (Occasionally the market closes, so call first.)-Tucked away under an awning at Ocean Walk right on Hollywood Beach, this 100% organic market sells the freshest local produce in South Florida. Many of the vegetables are picked the day before the market opens, bringing new meaning to the word “fresh.” The prices are high, but given the superior quality of the produce, they’re not unreasonable. Josh can usually be found at the market, setting up displays, hugging customers and yelling out the specials of the day. Patrons line up at the juice bar to sample the latest exotic organic delights. Arrive early to avoid the crowd and long check-out lines.
Yellow Green Farmers Market-1940 N. 30th Rd., Hollywood-Hours: Year-round, Friday 7 am-10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8 am-4 pm-(954) 513-3990-Housed in an old, open warehouse with a metal roof, this market was created to support local farming and to educate the community about healthy seasonal eating. Dozens of vendors sell conventional and organic produce, herbs, grains, fresh fish, dairy and eggs, pastries, packaged and bottled foods as well as clothing jewelry, home goods, pet and garden supplies. There are several food stands where you can buy lunch and eat in a large covered dining area behind the market, where live performances are sometimes held. Leashed dogs are permitted in the market.
Brothers Farmers Market in Hollywood Location, 4191 N. State Rd. 7-(954) 962-9292-Davie Location, 6807 Stirling Rd.-(954) 585-2225-Hours for both locations: Open Year-round, Monday–Friday 8am–5pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm-Established in 2003, Brothers Farmers Market supports Florida farming by offering a bounty of fresh organic and conventional produce at reasonable prices. The market is very popular, so the produce cases are constantly being restocked. Beyond fruits and veggies, the shelves are filled with so many unique gourmet products that shoppers tend to spend a lot of time here browsing. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market in Davie-1655 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie-Hours: Year-round, Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm, Saturday 8 am-7 pm, Sunday 9 am-6 pm-(954) 476-7878-This colorful, supersized nursery also sells fresh, local produce–such as ruby red, vine-ripened hydroponic tomatoes–in a quaint market on the property. In addition, there are gourmet foods, a mouth watering sweet shop with luscious handmade chocolates and pastries, and a Boar’s Head Deli and sandwich counter. While there, check out the plants, fountains and other garden items on the sprawling grounds, plus the 7,000 square foot gift shop.
Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market-Saturdays 10am – 7 pm-At 3300 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove-(Call before going; market schedules change) 305-238-7747 or CLICK HERE