They’re back! Local green markets make their return

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Fall has arrived, and with it so has the area’s popular green markets, where the aromas of hot coffee, spices and specialty products waft through the air on weekend mornings.

Though the markets may differ in size, they all feature just-picked fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, fresh flowers and market favorites like decadent baked goods, coffees, teas, vegan offerings and honey. Each also has an array of local artisans selling jewelry, handicrafts and other interesting wares.

Here’s a quick rundown of the local green markets:

Wellington

Dates & Times: The Green Market at Wellington returns Saturday, Oct. 20 for its fourth season. It runs Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 27, but will be closed the weekends of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, in addition to Jan. 26 and March 23.

Where: The Green Market at Wellington is held right next to the Wellington Amphitheater at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd.

Why You Should Go: Not only are visitors encouraged to bring their furry friends on a leash, but nearby amenities include a shaded sitting area, lush green space, restrooms and Scott’s Place, a barrier-free playground designed to meet the needs of all children. There’s also tons of free on-site parking.

To learn more: Visit GreenMarketatWellington.com.

Royal Palm Beach

Dates & Times: The Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar kicks off its sixth season Sunday, Oct. 21. The market runs through April 28 on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter weekends. As an extra bonus, the market will run mid-week on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. beginning Nov. 7

Where: The green market is held at Royal Palm Beach’s beautiful Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.

Why You Should Go: Along with exciting new vendors, there’s live music and lots of fun for opening day. Visitors love the leisurely strolls along the walkways under the park’s shaded pergolas and the family-friendly amenities including a playground, waterfall and an interactive splash fountain. Oh yea, there’s plenty of free parking.

To learn more: Go online to RPBGreenMarket.com.

West Palm Beach

Dates & Times: West Palm Beach’s GreenMarket returns Saturday, Oct. 6. It’s held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but will be closed March 30.

Where: The GreenMarket is held downtown on the Great Lawn at the corner of N. Clematis Street and Flagler Drive.

Why You Should Go: More than 90 vendors are on site each week, and if that’s not enough, there’s live music, unlimited $10 mimosas and free kids’ activities. On the third Saturday of the month starting in November, take advantage of “By the Banyan” walking tours, which highlight historical locations throughout downtown.

Be sure to bring your favorite pooch, as long as it’s on a short leash. There’s even free parking in the Evernia/Olive garage during market hours.

To learn more: Go online to wpb.org/events.

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