The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will return for its 27th season on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This year’s theme will celebrate the market’s recent recognition as the No. 1 farmers market in the U.S., according to USA TODAY 10Best. The GreenMarket earned the prestigious recognition in April 2021 thanks to a readers’ choice poll.
USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice awards highlight the best of the best in categories such as destinations, dining, hotels, and entertainment. The City of West Palm Beach did not apply for the recognition but was independently nominated. The city’s GreenMarket, the only Floridian market included in the top 20, defeated markets from nationwide destinations, including Seattle, Boston, and Hawaii.
“We are so excited to return this year as the official #1 market in the entire country,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We could not have achieved this recognition without the votes from our GreenMarket supporters, and I, once again, express my heartfelt appreciation for each and every one of them. Congratulations to our Community Events Division for this much-deserved accolade, and for their dedication to providing our residents, visitors and merchants with a world-class market. We hope to see you all there!”
COVID-19 precautions will remain in place, such as hand sanitizer stations, additional space between vendor booths, and free masks upon request. All vendors and visitors are expected to follow any ongoing CDC guidelines while at the GreenMarket.
“We’ve always known our West Palm Beach GreenMarket is special, but now people nationwide know how truly incredible this event is,” said Mary Pinak, community events manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We appreciate everyone who continues to support this important community event, and all of our followers who helped us earn the recognition as the best farmers market in the country!”
With the addition of nearly 30 new vendors raising the total vendor count to 100, it will be the largest GreenMarket since its inception almost three decades ago. New vendors will include: Baguette Plus Baking Co., Bartnick’s Bagels, Brown Family Farm, Crab Island Seafood Company and more. The full vendor list is available on the city’s website: www.wpb.org/events.
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Community Events. It will run weekly through Saturday, April 16, 2022, with the exception of Christmas Day and dates that occur within the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The GreenMarket is free and allows dogs on short leashes.
Parking is available in City of West Palm Beach garages, which are the Clematis, Banyan, City Center, Sapodilla, and Evernia garages. The Banyan garage charges a flat $5 rate during GreenMarket hours (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.). The Evernia and City Center garages will be free until noon, current parking rates will apply afterwards. Current parking rates will apply for all other city garages during market hours. Those interested in arriving by boat can also take advantage of the city’s free public docks. The Clematis Street Dock is the closest dock to the market. Those who wish to arrive by trolley may take either the Green Yellow Line routes, a map of which is available on the Downtown Development Authority’s website. Please note, the Yellow Line route opens at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
The mission of the West Palm Beach GreenMarket is to provide the community with seasonal access to locally grown fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, plants, and agricultural products. The market supports the southeast Florida agricultural community and stimulates agricultural development, particularly in Palm Beach County, by providing an outlet for locally grown crops and specialty products. The GreenMarket has been featured in The Boston Globe and named the number one green market in Florida by Cooking Light magazine.
GreenMarket sponsors-to-date include Jaguar, Land Rover, Next Home Real Estate Experts, Casa Pilates, NW Mutual, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, WPB Magazine, WPBF 25 News, 97.9 WRMF, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, New Country 103.1, PARTY 96.3, Fox Sports 640 South Florida, News Talk 850 WFTL, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket takes place on the Great Lawn (100 N. Clematis Street). For more information about the GreenMarket and other city events, visit www.wpb.org/events, call (561) 822-1515 (TTY: 800-955-8771) or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch. Follow the West Palm Beach GreenMarket on Facebook and Instagram @WPBGreenMarket.