West Palm Beach’s popular GreenMarket is back, and bigger, with 90 vendors clustered on a waterfront where car traffic has been halved to make more room for those on foot and bike to enjoy the scene.
The GreenMarket opens its 23rd season Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The city is trying an experiment in urban living, called Flagler Shore, and its start will coincide with GreenMarket season. The two eastern lanes of Flagler Drive will be closed to cars, to help those on foot and bicycles enjoy more of a connection with the waterfront.
New vendors at GreenMarket this year include:
- Ame French Bakery and Cafe, with handmade croissants, breads and pastries.
- Jerry’s Here Farm Fresh, with locally grown produce, including tomatoes, kales, Swiss chard, lettuces, corn, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, strawberries, bok choy, eggplants, fresh garlic and cilantro.
- Heavenly Orchids, with Phaels, Vandas, Dendrobiums and Cattleya.
- Wet Nose Pantry, a human grade, preservative free, delivery dog food company based in Jupiter.
- Gracie’s Greens, makes artisan salads for take-out, served in 32-ounce jars.
- Poke Smash: Poke Bowl, a quick, affordable Hawaiian sashimi-grade ahi tuna or king salmon mixed with a variety of Asian sauces such as soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, onions.
- Rawtenders, with fresh cold-pressed juice blends, nut milks and non-alcoholic cold-pressed cocktail mixers.
Other features will include a Popsicle give-away at Mom’s Pops on opening day, in honor of the recent death of “main Mom” Pam Hardy. They’ll hand out one per person, while supplies last.
The market’s historical walking tours are back, starting at 10 a.m. by the large banyan tree. The tours, hosted by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez, last an hour and a half and will end at the Johnson History Museum. Cost is $10. This year the tours, which take place twice a month, will be amplified with a megaphone, to make listening easier. For information and to buy tickets, call 561-832-4164, ext. 2, or go to www.hspbc.org/events/#historytours[hspbc.org].
Next to the GreenMarket, the West Palm Beach Antique and Flea Market also opens Saturday, for its eighth season, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the old City Hall site on Narcissus. The market averages about 40 vendors per week with antiques, collectibles, mid-century, vintage and crafts items of all types. For information, contact Bill Jacobson at 561-670-7473 or visit www.wpbantiqueandfleamarket.com.