12 Vendors to Try at the 2016 West Palm Beach Green Market

Summer is finally over, and that means it's green and farmers' market season. For the 22nd year in a row, West Palm Beach's long-established green market returned to the city's downtown on Saturday, October 1.

Every Saturday through April 22, the West Palm Beach Green Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with the exception of Palm Beach International Boat Show and SunFest). The dog-friendly waterside market offers goods from more than 80 local vendors, farmers, and artisan food crafters, free city garage parking, and activities for children.

This year we discovered a few more reasons to hang out at the city green market: In addition to an all-new Farmers in Training Program designed to inspire students to learn about growing their own food, the market expanded its offerings with a shaded patio lounge area serving up endless $10 mimosas (for adults only, of course). The Waterfront Oasis space, complete with live music, will be open throughout market season.

PS: If you need more green closer to you, check out our list of local South Florida green and farmers' markets in Broward and Palm Beach.

Here is a quick list of our favorite items and vendors from the 2016 West Palm Beach Green Market:

12. Bone Broth From Farriss Farm
Farris Farm opened at the 2016 West Palm Beach Green Market with an impressive booth offering everything from pasture-raised heritage chicken and pork to dry-aged, grass-fed beef and handcrafted bacon, hams, and sausage from Napa, California. They also sell raw dairy; soy-free organic eggs; Groff's Content beef, pork, bison, and chicken broths; and shiitake, maitake, oyster, trumpet, white beech, and chanterelle mushrooms.

11. Apple Green Chili Chutney (and Pumpkin Paratha) From Nisha's Flavors of India
Fort Lauderdale-based Nisha's is sold at the Hollywood Yellow Green Farmers Market. That's where we recognized her delicious (and addictive) array of creative, Indian-inspired chutneys, sauces, and breads. If you go, don't leave without a package of pumpkin paratha (a chewy flatbread similar to roti) and a few jars of jalapeño, apple green chili, or mango chutney. 

10. Microgreens From Swank Specialty Produce
Microgreens are ready to eat (or take home) direct from Swank Specialty Produce. The farm is best known for its seasonal farm-to-table dinner series, which have become one of the area's most popular dining events according to Jodi Swank, who founded Loxahatchee Groves-based Swank Speciality Produce with her husband, Darrin, in 1999. Today, the 20-acre farm sells specialty organic produce to area chefs and restaurants.

9. Swizzle and Kombucha From One Kombucha
Get your dose of daily probiotics with Palm Beach Gardens-based One Kombucha. On Saturday, October 1, owner Danny Mancini offered samples of his spiced apple and Swizzle, a lemonade-style kombucha — a lightly effervescent fermented drink made with black or green tea. At the One Kombucha taproom, guests can grab a seat at the bar for a glass of seasonal rotating flavors or flagship brews including hibiscus-rose, available by the bottle or on tap for use with refillable glass growlers.

8. Homemade Jam From Ms. V's Organic Produce
Fort Lauderdale-based Ms. V's Organic Produce is one of the market's largest purveyors of organic produce. They also offer a few added bonus items, including a number of homemade jams with fun names, like the Bad Mamma Jamma (strawberries, blueberries), South Florida Sunshine in a Jar (mango), or West Palm Beach Traffic Jam (strawberry).

7. Ras El Hanout From Hadaya 
Palm Beach County-based Hadaya specializes in hard-to-find, exotic spices and herb blends. At the West Palm Beach Green Market, they offer a diverse array of spices, sea salts, Moroccan tagines, and loose-leaf teas. Ask for the shop's Moroccan ras el hanout, Arabic for "head of the shop" and similar to the English expression "top-shelf," a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer. The ras el hanout blend can be used to flavor any savory dish using meat or fish or stirred into couscous or rice. The mixture usually consists of over a dozen spices including cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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