DELRAY BEACH, FL — The Delray Beach GreenMarket, a project of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, opens its 20th season on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Old School Square Park, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in downtown Delray Beach. Opening day will feature a trick-or-treating event and family activities for Halloween. For the first time, the Delray GreenMarket has partnered with the Witches of Delray for their annual charity five-mile bike ride benefitting the Achievement Center in Delray. More than 80 witches in full costume aboard their decorated brooms (bikes) will end their ride on the great lawn at the Delray GreenMarket between 10-10:30 a.m., where judging will take place for best witch’s costume, best broom (bike) and best witch’s cackle. “Each year, the GreenMarket seems to get bigger and better, and this year is no exception,” said Lori Nolan, GreenMarket general manager. “Our audience keeps growing, with more and more people looking to support our local farmers and vendors. It’s really been an incredible 20 years, and we can’t wait to get started!” The GreenMarket will be open every Saturday through May 28, 2016, with just a few location changes and closures noted below:
- Nov. 7 – Relocated to SE/NE 4th Ave. (near the Green Owl restaurant)
- Jan. 30 – Relocated to SE/NE 4th Ave. (Garlic Festival)
- March 12 – Closed for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- March 19 – Relocated to SE/NE 4th Ave. (Bacon & Bourbon Festival)
The GreenMarket also will host several special events this season, including a biweekly Budding Artists Booth for kid-friendly arts and crafts and the Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade on March 27. Launched in 1996 by the CRA, the Delray GreenMarket has become one of the most popular and charming aspects of the “season” in Delray Beach. Guests will find a wide variety of fresh, local produce, exotic fruit and citrus, grass-fed and finished (antibiotic-free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, farm-fresh eggs, raw milk, butter and honey, fragrant, artisan baked goods, gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free products, fresh-cut flowers, plants and other hand-crafted food specialties. The GreenMarket also features live entertainment each week and Human Powered Delray (HPD) will offer complimentary bike valet parking at the market each weekend. This is the only South Florida GreenMarket that provides this eco-friendly transportation service. More than 65 vendors will participate in the 2015-2016 season, including many veterans and several newcomers. Vendors include: Amazing Creations (fresh flowers); Anita’s Guacamole; Antonina’s Gourmet (marinara sauces); Bistro Blends (balsamic vinegars and olive oils); Ceviche; Cottage Garden Teas; Delray Beach Jam Company; Doctor Pickle; Eddie’s Organic Dark Chocolate; Empanada Lady; Farmer Jay Pure Organics; Farming Systems Research/Cat’s Garden; Farriss Farm; Fratello Sole (cheese); Fun with Food; Grandma’s Kitchen; Herbeque BBQ; Independent Seafood; Inika Foods; Jerry’s Here Farm Fresh (produce); Jolene’s Jar; Juice King; Kettle Corn; La Petite Pain; Laurie’s Pantry; Loic Autret Artisan French Bakery; Mozzarita Inc. (cheese)/Capt. Red Beard; Nisha’s Flavors of India; A Touch of Spain; Orchid Doctor; Organic Juice Booth; Paella – Dana Bass Catering; Paperdelle’s Pasta; Pasta Amore; Pop Nature (gourmet popsicles); Road Runner Chili Company; Sassy Palate; Serenity Flows; Smack Attack Honey; Starz Bakery; Taste of Africa; Tespen’s Organics; Thomas Produce; Delicious Town Biscotti; Tweedle Organic Pet Products; Two Cousins; Volker Farms; Wonder’s of Nature (exotic fruit); and many more. For more information, email Lori Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 561-276-7511.