West Palm Beach GreenMarket Opens with a Grand Celebration

(October 17, 2007) – The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will mark the opening of its thirteenth season with a bounty of new and returning vendors and some exciting new features.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will reopen for the 2007-2008 season this Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. along 2nd Street and Narcissus Avenue, just outside of City Hall, in Downtown West Palm Beach.  Some fun features market goers can find on opening day include:

Ready, Set, Shop! – Market lovers can get out their shopping bags and start browsing through an abundant selection of items from all of their favorite local vendors including farm fresh fruits and vegetables; fresh baked breads and pastries; fresh seafood, poultry and meats; domestic and imported cheeses; homemade sauces, spreads and salsas; fresh cut flowers, tropical plants, native trees and herbs;  assorted gourmet coffee, teas and cider; and prepared specialty foods.    

Floral Ribbon Cutting – To officially kick off the 2007-2008 season of the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, there will be a floral ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:50 a.m. in the center of the market at the intersection of 2nd Street and Narcissus Avenue.  

1st Chef Throw-Down – West Palm Beach’s own Chef John Carlino has been officially named the West Palm Beach GreenMarket Chef.  Carlino and a guest chef will be challenged on the third Saturday of each month to create their own delicious signature dish in thirty minutes with a list of ingredients collected from GreenMarket vendors.  Patrons can watch these talented chefs create unique masterpieces right before their eyes and they’ll also be able to sample the tasty dishes and vote on the winning chef.  The fun begins in the center of the market at the intersection of 2nd Street and Narcissus Avenue at 10:00 a.m.

GreenMarket Shopping Spree – Guests that visit the West Palm Beach GreenMarket on opening day can register to win $100 in GreenMarket Bucks good for any GreenMarket vendor throughout the season.  Guests can register at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket information/merchandise booth where 2nd Street meets Narcissus Avenue, and the winner will be drawn at noon.

Live Music – This season, the GreenMarket Café will feature live music each week by different local artists with Nicholas Marks performing on opening day.  Marks has made a name for himself locally and nationally with his unique style of flamenco pop and by appearing on the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”  A new speaker system has also been installed throughout the market site so that patrons can listen to the music while shopping.  

The grand opening celebration will also include lots of fun from a couple of West Palm Beach’s favorite radio stations.  Sunny 104.3 fm and WIRK 107.9 fm will be at the market on opening day, so listeners can stop by their booths and register to win more cool prizes or pick up some great giveaways.  

Guests to the West Palm Beach GreenMarket can also enjoy some other great new features this season including GreenMarket coupons of the month, a new photo gallery on the GreenMarket website, and different special events every month.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will go even “greener” this season with a new recycling program for customers at the market as well.

The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is the area’s original and most popular green market.  This traditional European-style farmers market has become a Saturday morning staple that welcomes city residents and visitors alike.  Vendors bring an abundant selection of locally grown and “just harvested” produce, plants and specialty items to downtown West Palm Beach.  Each Saturday over 60 vendors offer a variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, tropical and native plants, fresh-cut flowers, artisan foods, and much more.  Guests can also sit and enjoy their made-to-order breakfast or lunch at the GreenMarket Café.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is dog-friendly with thirty pup zones in each block and offers free parking in the Banyan Street Garage until 2:00 pm.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is produced by the City of West Palm Beach, Mayor’s Office – Division of Community Events and is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, The Palm Beach Daily News, WIRK 107.9 fm and Sunny 104.3 fm.  For more information about the West Palm Beach GreenMarket or other City-produced events, please call 561-822-1515 or visit www.wpb.org/greenmarket.