Just because the Delray GreenMarket has closed for summer doesn’t mean you have to settle for supermarket produce and commercially processed eggs and dairy.
Here are three suggestions on where to find the freshest local farm provisions all summer long. Two are GreenMarket vendors, and the other is a great little market a short distance north of downtown Delray.
- Green Cay Produce. This privately owned farm in Boynton Beach isn’t open to the public, but sign up for their Summer Membership Program and you can drop by on Tuesdays or Fridays to buy their fresh-picked summer veggies. These may include summer squashes; greens such as arugula, baby kale, mustards, purslane, and Asian greens; cucumbers; winter squashes such as butternut and large calabaza; eggplants; okra; southern peas; melons; and corn. Once you become a member, you’ll be sent specific directions to the farm. And for your convenience, Green Cay will email you a list of what’s available each week, so you can plan your menus accordingly.
- Heritage Hen Farm. Svetlana Simon’s rare-breed hens lay their nutritious eggs year-round. Likewise, her dairy cows remain perennially productive. So stop by the Heritage Hen Farm Gate Store Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. throughout the summer to pick up farm-fresh eggs and raw milk, cream, butter, yogurt, kefir, whey, and cheeses. Raw honey, too! The farm gate store is located at 8495 South Haverhill Road in Boynton Beach, near Military Trail and Gateway Boulevard.
- Woolbright Farmers Market. Located on Woolbright Road just west of Seacrest Boulevard, this friendly market packs a lot of fresh food into a small space. You’ll find whatever fruits and vegetables are in season along with nuts, cheeses, desserts and more.
Remember: produce that’s in season is at the peak of its flavor, more nutritional, and often more economical. Buy local and enjoy!