West Palm Beach's Green Market has been a staple Saturday attraction during South Florida's "busy season" going on 20 years now. This year's iteration features some novel twists that are sure to attract new crowds and undoubtedly retain the usual patron flow.
The Green Market sets up shop throughout the bustling end of Clematis Street, filling up the area around the fountain through the lawn, all the way down to the waterfront by Flagler. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on most Saturdays between October and May, guests are privy to sample and purchase local organic fruits, vegetables and meats.
The Green Market offers up numerous breakfast options — Photo courtesy of Discover West Palm Beach
There are vendors selling lobster rolls, fish dip, kettle corn and apple cider donuts. One of the top booths is run by a French bakery, which churns out delicious breakfast sandwiches (on croissants, of course), as well as quiches and delectable pastries.
All in all, there are over 70 vendors occupying the space, which guests can slowly peruse over the course of a Saturday morning. The crowd is always diverse, with locals recently finished with yoga mingling with tourists and over-the-bridge yacht owners.
Besides food, there are massage booths, candle and incense sellers, herb vendors and more. If you walk over a block to Banyan, you can even find an antique tag sale going on with another 15 to 20 tents. Check this section out early to ensure you find the diamond in the rough before everything is picked over.
New for this year is the "Waterfront Oasis" section. This area is an expansion of the traditional Green Market space, and it allows for guests to really relax and enjoy the intracoastal waterfront. There's always a live band playing Jimmy Buffet-type music, comfortable furniture, misters and shade for guests to enjoy.
To top it off, this year the market offers $10 all-you-can-drink mimosas, giving the weekly event some edge.
The Green Market really serves to bring the city together. To help do that, there are many free kids activities to attract families. Local gym Ulitma Fitness will be out every week to help entertain the kiddos and keep their hyper-activity at bay.
During market hours, parking is free at two of the nearest garages. If you come by sea, three docks jutting out of Flagler offer free public docking. In case it wasn't clear earlier, admission to the event itself is also complimentary.
So . . . mimosas for the adults, moon bounces for the kids. What about the pets? The Green Market is a dog-friendly event. In fact, you'll never see a greater collection of dogs – big and small – out and about in the city.
In summary, rise with the sun on Saturday mornings in West Palm, and get out to North Clematis to enjoy the city's famed Green Market. Grab a drink, a lobster roll and a seat under the mister.