Green Markets Deserve The Community’s Patronage

With the return of the fall season and a crisp bite in the air, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the weekend. And with the Royal Palm Beach Green Market’s debut on Sunday, Oct. 20, and the return of the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, Nov. 9, we can enjoy ourselves while supporting the local community.

The weekly green markets are a return to a time when small farmers sold directly to their customers. With modern convenience, our society has moved away from this, especially where food is concerned. But it’s important we support these events, which keep local farmers, bakers and artisans in business.

There’s much to be said for knowing where your food comes from. With the Wellington Green Market offering an exclusive growers market this season, you’ll have more opportunities to buy food direct from farm to table. Both markets offer plenty of great produce, and you know it’s fresh. Not only are you supporting local farmers, but the cost of food is often less than you’ll find in stores. Though fresh produce is a big draw for these events, there is something for everyone. From fresh-baked breads to dog treats, home decoration, jewelry and more, the green markets put on display the best of the western communities. These vendors are usually local, and coming out to support them gives you a chance to meet your neighbors and support the small businesses in our communities.

The green market gives local business owners a venue to promote themselves and their products, and is an opportunity for customers to find and fall in love with their products. Ask any frequent green market patron what their favorite booths are, and they’ll probably list a dozen. There’s a reason people count down the days until the markets return each season — there are some things you just can’t get anywhere else.

The Royal Palm Beach Green Market is held every Sunday through April 27 at Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

The Wellington Green Market kicks off Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through April 26. For more information, visit