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If you've been making do with brown lettuce and rock-hard tomatoes from your local giant-mega-supermarket and counting the days until you could buy produce with real flavor from the people who actually grow it, you have only a few more days to check off.  Most Palm Beach County greenmarkets will reopen for the season by the end of October, so there's no excuse to be dining on potato chips and Lean Cuisine because you don't want to waste precious dollars on sad-looking, over-priced crap. 


The Bigfoot of local greenmarkets in West Palm Beach

is back in biz on Saturday, Oct. 17. More than 60 vendors, including

such perennial faves as Swank Farms, Farmhouse Tomatoes and Pasta

Amore, will be offering their wares at the 15th annual market, which

will also feature live music in the Greenmarket Café and a Chef's

Showcase on the third Saturday of each month. 

The Boca Raton Greenmarket is

going on 13 years and kicked off this season last Saturday with

everything from fresh mozzarella and pasta (Vito Volpe) to organic

produce and delivery (Healthy World Organics) to the excellent breads,

pastries and confections of Le Petite Pain.  

Both the Delray Beach and East Boynton Beach

Greenmarkets start the 2009-2010 season Saturday, Oct. 31. Delray's

14th annual market boasts a Halloween theme, with pumpkin-carving demos

and trick-or-treating for the kiddies along with the usual greenmarket

stuff, while the East Boynton market augments its assortment of organic

and locally grown fruits and veggies with crafts from local artisans

and health and exercise specialists. 

As for Lake Worth's Oceanside Farmers Market,

organizer Peter Robinson says it may be moving back to its previous

location near the Lake Worth Casino, but it depends on what kind of

support he gets from city government. For now, though, it remains at

the downtown location at North J Street and Dixie Highway. 

Oh,

and if you're all the way out in Royal Palm Beach, Robinson is starting

a greenmarket there too. It begins Sunday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3

p.m. at the Southern Palm Crossing shopping center. He says growers

from Loxahatchee and western Palm Beach are "coming out of the

woodwork" so you should too.

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