By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The GreenMarket returned on October 31st for its 25th Anniversary in Delray Beach, bringing over fifty of South Florida’s premier growers and artisan food producers back to the Old School Square Park. After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the weekly Saturday outdoor market reopened with strict CDC rules.
The Delray GreenMarket has become weekend favorite for locals and visitors alike, and a great family-friendly activity. At the Market one can find farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus, tropical fruit and juice, farm fresh eggs, artisan cheese and jams, baked goods and more.
Although the pandemic is not over, organizers decided it was time to reopen. “Farmer’s Markets are considered essential businesses by the CDC and we felt it was important to the community to return a bit of normalcy to our lives,” said Lori Nolan, Delray GreenMarket manager.
“We have the same great vendors along with some new ones, and still have live music,” said Nolan. “This year, Old School Square is offering socially-distanced dining pods on the center grounds, along with full bar service, so you can buy lunch at the Market, have a seat in a sanitized dining pod, and order a bloody Mary, mimosa or any beverage of your choice.”
A recent visitor said on their social media, “I was there and vendors wore masks, some had gloves. Most people in attendance were masked and maintained a degree of social distancing, maybe not six feet, but a few feet as stands are sort of close together. It is Better than in town Delray in the evening!”
“The Delray CRA started the GreenMarket in 1998, the original goal was to provide fresh local food to the community, and that goal still remains true today,” Nolan said.
Adding, “The Market allows the consumer to speak to the person who grew or produced the food they are buying. Consumers today have lots of questions and concerns over where their food comes from and how it was grown.”
The Market is open every Saturday from 9AM to 2PM in Old School Square Park through May. Located on the east side of the Old School Square campus and fronting NE 2nd Avenue (Pineapple Grove) in the heart of downtown Delray Beach.
This year will also see the third edition of the Community Cookbook, so visitors will be able to take a little bit of the Market home with them.
Free parking is available in the City parking garage next door to the Market until 4PM, the Market is dog friendly, and everyone is encouraged to bring their reusable bags.