Fifth Annual Summer Delray Greenmarket Offers Farm-Fresh, Homemade Fare

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By: David DiPino Contributing Writer

Pit Bull BBQ of South Florida owner John Holbrook is excited about meeting residents, marketing and selling his new Mango Pineapple Habanero bottles sauces at the Fifth Annual Delray Beach GreenMarket, running each Saturday morning in downtown Delray Beach through July.

“It’s a new sauce I’ve been working on best described as spicy at first followed by a cool sweetness,” said Holbrook.

“Pit Bull BBQ of South Florida’s sauces are all natural, and we have Sugar-Free Dry Rubs too.”

The Fifth Annual Summer Delray GreenMarket is located in the parking lot of the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 206 E. Atlantic Ave. and runs Saturday mornings until noon through July.

One of the recent added amenities of the Summer GreenMarket includes a shade screen high over the perusing GreenMarket customers and vendors to reflect the strong summer sun rays.

Lori Nolan, Delray GreenMarket Manager, leads the GreenMarket. Nolan is often on-site prior to sunrise coordinating the vendor’s tent set-up spaces. She and her dedicated two-man team are willing to stop on a dime to answer customer’s questions, set-up each week and support vendor teams. Last year, Nolan even brought in a petting zoo one Saturday morning for children and their families to enjoy.

Brenda Ezeilo, owner of the Taste of Africa catering and grill, says she’s still offering all of the customer favorites which makes her popular at main Delray GreenMarket each fall into spring.

Ezeilo is offering A Taste of Africa’s grilled chicken skewers with her homemade BBQ sauce, Nigerian Akara fritters homemade from black-eyed peas, turkey legs and Jolof Rice, a West African staple. Ezile’s cooking mirrors her Nigerian roots.

Since 1996, the Winter Delray GreenMarket, which is normally held the last week of October around Halloween until mid-May at Old School Square, has become part of Delray Beach’s fabric. The Delray GreenMarket is made possible by the Delray Beach CRA – Community Redevelopment Agency.

Myles Viana has also joined the Fifth Annual Delray Beach GreenMarket with his Produce Buddies business and vendor tent full of fresh vegetables.

“Each week we have farm-fresh eggs, tomatoes, lemons, limes, pineapple, bananas, watermelon, corn, squashes, cucumbers and sweet potatoes just to name a few,” said Viana.

Viana, started a Produce Buddies delivery business, which was born and incubated at the Delray GreenMarket.

The Fifth Annual Summer GreenMarket at the Delray Beach Tennis Center features over 25 local vendors. According to Nolan, vendors include bakers, and small batch culinary artisan’s offering fresh summer produce and fruit, exotic mushrooms, sprouts, farm eggs, fresh squeezed juice and smoothies, baked goods, local cheese, honey, pasta, granola, kombucha, pickles, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, nut butters and hummus. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free products.

Nolan added there’s a free yoga class, 9-10 a.m., cooking demos, live music petting zoo, raffles and free weekly GreenMarket Bucks while supplies last. The GreenMarket is dog friendly. Free parking is available behind Dunkin Donuts. Follow Delray Beach GreenMarket on Facebook for their weekly schedule of Market events, www.facebook.com/delraygreenmarket for more information visit: www.delraycra.org/greenmarket.