It’s midsummer, it’s hot, sticky and it rains almost daily. If the thought of getting out of the air-conditioned house is annoying, the Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket is the antidote to annoying. And the good news: the market is far from done for the season. It will be open through Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STORE, 11010 Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens.
Here are five reasons to get up, get out and go to the Gardens:
- It’s not air conditioned, but it is (mostly) under cover. Prepared foods are sold outdoors on the east side of the building, but everything else is under a roof, so rain and blinding sun aren’t an issue.
- There’s free parking on the south side (around the CVS).
- There’s not a huge number of vendors, but there is a nice level of variety, with everything from olive oil and organic vegetables to cheeses, pickles, chocolate and pastries. And speaking of pastries, Gardens has a newcomer to the marketplace. Boynton Beach-based Susan Levin is the founder and CBO (Chief Baking Officer) of Delicious Town and she’s not a newcomer to baking; she’s been making outstanding biscotti as gifts for years. But Levin recently began selling her treats exclusively at this market. She creates biscotti that’s both decadent and light, and she offers custom and gluten-free varieties. You can contact her at GTprovisions@gmail.com or (561)271-9197.
- With the demise of West Palm Beach’s summer market, the Gardens market is one of four year-round or nearly year-round markets in the county; the others are Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and West Boca Raton.
- You can grab some breakfast pastry (from Le Petit Pan) or a cool snack (one of the wacky flavors from Mom’s Pops) while you’re shopping for dinner at the same time. Whether it’s organic meats from Farriss Farms, seafood from Independent Seafood or produce from Mrs. V.’s Organics, it’s still one-stop food shopping, despite the small size.
It’s a fruit jungle out there: you can buy crabcakes, smoothies, conch chowder or a little something for your garden at Gardens. Or just start from scratch and buy a garden.
Boynton Beach’s biscotti baker
Susan Levin, the CBO (Chief Baking Officer) of Delicious Town, and some of her greenmarket selection. She does custom and gluten-free varieties, too.
What to pick, what to pick…
S’mores and chocolate chip are just two of the flavors in Delicious Town. And yes, it’s difficult to bypass biscotti this good. The South Florida heat softens them up a bit, but they’re still irresistible.
You may not scream for ice pops…
…but you will get in line for the innovative, adult flavors of Mom’s Pops. Less sweet than the childhood treats you remember, they’re all natural and made with fresh ingredients.