The upcoming Grandview Public Market, the food hall/gathering place rising in the warehouse zone near downtown West Palm Beach, has a mission beyond its own industrial walls: to reach into the community they hope to attract, and to make it less hungry.
Weeks before the market’s expected opening, this mission has no official name, but already it has worthy gestures. In fact, on Saturday morning (Dec. 10) Grandview is teaming up with Lox Farms to host a day of harvesting produce for charity in Loxahatchee.
A group of about 20 children from Palm Beach and West Palm Beach will pick vegetables and learn about organic farming practices, says Kristen Schonwald-Vila, who co-owns Grandview Public with her husband Chris Vila.
The fruits of the morning’s harvest will be donated to the client families at two local charities, Grandma’s Place and Adopt-a-Family.
Schonwald-Vila participated in a similar kind of harvest session at the farm after Hurricane Irma and describes the experience as “almost meditative.”
“We loved the idea of getting children out there. They will be harvesting vegetables and planting vegetables, and anything they pick will go to a family in need,” says Schonwald-Vila, who also serves as Grandview’s creative director. “The recipients will get fresh vegetables. The kids will get a chance to learn about farming. It comes full circle.”
Lox Farms, she says, will be a vital tenant at Grandview Public. The farm will host a Wednesday evening market in the Grandview parking lot.
Grandview’s food-sharing mission will not end with the occasional harvest days. Schonwald-Vila says there are plans for charitable donations of leftover foods from the market’s restaurant tenants. Details are still being worked out, she says.
Grandview Public Market: Owners hope to open by the end of the year at 1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach