The Green Market in West Palm Beach has returned with 30 new vendors and an expanded entertainment lineup. This year's theme is "Here We Grow Again," inspired by its recognition as the "Best Farmers Market" in the U.S., according to the USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice poll.
The Green Market is situated along Clematis Street and officially opens on Saturday, October 7th, at 9 a.m. Visitors can enjoy free parking at the City Center Garage and complimentary Circuit rides.
With the market's reopening approaching, many vendors are gearing up for the 29th year. One local coffee shop on Palm Beach Island eagerly anticipates Green Market Saturdays' return.
Chik Monk, located at 139 N. County Road on Palm Beach Island, has been part of the market for four years since its establishment in 2019. Owned by the husband and wife duo of Nandini and David, the coffee shop aims to revolutionize coffee consumption and raise awareness about sustainable coffee production.
"We grow our coffee sustainably and oversee every aspect of the supply chain, from cultivation to transportation, right through to your cup. This coffee travels from our mountains to your cup," Nandini said.
When asked about the most rewarding aspect of their job, they emphasized the relationships they build by simply serving a cup of coffee. Their warm and welcoming approach is evident at their main location and the Green Market.
"We are particularly thrilled to reunite with all our returning customers after the summer hiatus. Opening day is always the most exciting since we haven't seen our customers for over five months," Nandini added.
Strolling through the Green Market, it is evident that every vendor is enthusiastic about being there, aiming to establish personal connections with their customers.
"Their produce is consistently fresh, and the staff is friendly, always sparking a conversation with me. I'm looking forward to shopping for new clothes and supporting small businesses," Kamdyn commented.
The buzz around campus is palpable, as everyone is eager to fill their Saturday mornings with a sense of community, fresh produce, and a refreshing iced latte. Despite the hot weather, the West Palm Beach community eagerly anticipates the return of the Green Market.
Keep an eye out for the first pop-up workshop on October 14th. Participants will have the opportunity to create their genuine Mexican salsa under the guidance of Jerry's Here Farm Fresh, a standout vendor. You'll leave with the best salsa recipe to share with others.
The Green Market will host various pop-up workshops, including mastering charcuterie skills, chai preparation at home, cookie decoration, and more.
Lauren summed up the sentiment, saying, "The Green Market feels like a taste of home for me. It's the perfect way to welcome fall with friends on a Saturday morning. It represents more than just a market; it embodies community, excitement, and a glimpse into the heart of such a beautiful city."
By Estella Collmer