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“The earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry

This Saturday (April 19th) there will be lots of family-friendly activities going on at the Delray GreenMarket. Between the 60+ vendors, the13th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet parade and an Earth Day _MG_0125celebration with the City of Delray, there will be no shortage of (green) outdoor festivities to keep everyone busy – children, parents, grandparents and even your pets! All are welcome and the events are free to attend.

Here’s just some of the reasons why you should come out to Old School Square Park:

1. The 60+ vendors. Need we say more? There is no shortage of variety at the Market. Everything from organic veggies, natural shea butter, spices from around the globe, gluten-free items and more!

2. Furry Friends. The 13th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet parade starts at 10 a.m. in front of the amphitheater at the Big Top. So swing into the spirit of spring and bring out your pets (goats, pigs and other pets are all welcome) or be a spectator and watch as they parade in their best, pastel attire around town.

3. Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue: A donation of $3 from all parade participants will benefit this local animal rescue group (and they will have adoptable pets too!) Click here to learn more about this organization.

4. Cultural experience:  Earth Day will be marked with a Native American Earth blessing. How many times can you say you have seen attend such an event with the chance to learn more about Native American culture?

5. Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Display: Delray is all about being “green” and this car show will highlight energy efficiency.

6. Activities for the kiddies (and kids at heart):  Chalk art, face-painting, arts and crafts along with The Budding Artists booth will keep everyone entertained all day long.

The GreenMarket will be open from 9-2 p.m. with the registration for the parade beginning at 9 a.m. and the parade commencing at 10 a.m . Earth Day activities will begin at 10 a.m. until noon at the Old School Square Park. See you there!

Spring has Sprung: Flower Power!

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Spring has officially sprung! And with spring comes beautiful weather and fragrant flowers – the perfect gift if you are a guest this year for an Easter or Passover meal with friends or family. At the Delray GreenMarket there are several vendors that retail gorgeous budding beauties including: Amazing Creations, Orchid Doctor and Kaler Orchids. 

Flowers in season during April include:

  • Tulips
  • Gerbera
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Mini Polymin
  • Peonies
  • Roses
  • And more!

Here are some tips to keep those fresh flowers, staying fresh and fragrant even longer

  • Soda: Pour about ¼ cup of the fizzy drink into the water. The sugar will help make the blossoms last longer.
  • Hair Spray: Just a quick spritz will make they look fresher longer (just like your hair!)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix 2tbps of apple cider vinegar along with 2tbps of sugar and add it to the water – make sure you swap out the water mixture every few days
  • Vodka: This helps minimize the amount of bacterial growth in the water. Add a few drops of any clear liquor along with 1 tsp of sugar
  • Aspirin: Crush an aspirin and mix it into the water (you will still need to swap out the water every few days for max freshness)
  • Bleach: This will help eliminate bacteria growth and keep the water clear. Don’t overdue it. You only need ¼ tsp per quart of water
  • Coins: Copper penny + sugar cube also helps to slow bacteria growth since it asks as an acidifier
  • Sugar: Even flowers can have a sweet tooth! Create a mixture of 3tbps of water along with 2tbps of white vinegar per quart of water to inhabit bacteria from growing

And remember that on April 19 if you spot some dogs, cats, goats and other fuzzy creatures (along with their human owners) roaming around with flowers, pastel hats and other festive attire, the 13th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade is underway. Registration for the furry friends will go from 9-9:45 with the parade commencing at 10am. There is a $3 entry free that will benefit Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue. Judging for prizes for the pets and their owners will take place on the front lawn of the Cornell Museum for Prizes. Email Lori at greenmarket@delraycra.org for more information.

The History of Chili

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In honor of Delray GreenMarket’s 17th Annual Chili Cook-off, we thought it would be fun to find out how this delicious concoction of beans, meats, spices, cheese and veggies came to be.

According to the International Chili Society (yes, that actually does exist), the origin of chili seems to have its own bowl full of spicy and controversial beginnings; and who serves up the best bowl in history may forever be an unanswered question and area of debate.

It is said that chili began “…somewhere west of Laramie, Wyoming in the early nineteenth century – being a product of a Texas trail drive – to a grisly tale of enraged Aztecs, who cut up invading Spanish conquistadors, seasoned chunks of them with a passel of chile peppers, and ate them. The mixture of meat, beans, peppers, and herbs was known to the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayan Indians long before Columbus and the conquistadores.”(Source: International Chili Society)

YIKES! Thank goodness for the Industrial Revolution.

So the age-old question of where it all began may be up to debate. But, there are a few things we do know:

Fact: Chile peppers were used in Cervantes’s Spain and show up in great ancient cuisines of China, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Caribbean, France, and the Arab states. (Source: International Chili Society)

Fact: Don Juan de Onate entered what is now New Mexico in 1598 and brought with him the green Chile pepper. It has grown there for the nearly four hundred years since. (Source: International Chili Society)

Fact: Canary Islanders, transplanted in San Antonio as early as 1723, used local peppers, wild onions, garlic, and other spices to concoct pungent meat dishes – improvising upon ones they had cooked for generations in their native land, where the Chile pepper also grew. (Source: International Chili Society)

We also know that in 1998, Chris Brown, the former CRA director, started the Delray GreenMarket’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, and Lori Nolan the GreenMarket’s current GM, has carried on the tradition ever-since.

“The chili cook-off has always been a popular event for both professional and home chefs to really showcase their chili creativity,” said Nolan. “Everyone enjoyes the camaraderie between the chili lovers and chili creators.  It’s always a spicy good time!”

This year the battle for bragging rights and the best chili (at least in Delray Beach) will be quite heated. Amongst the  13 entrants: Jarrett Jackson, Hank Langa, Joe Farrell, Jim Nolan, Inika Foods, Carolina Ale House, Dave McBride, Mary Schroeder, Lisa Mark, Nancy Simon & Sally Poe Hackman, John Hackman, Steve Savino and Susan Shaw.

The 17th Annual Chilli Cook-off is this Saturday, February 22 from 10-12pm at the Old School Square Park. Entry is FREE and samplings from the competitors will be given out. So come dance along to Heidi and the El Cats, while sampling unique and scrumptious chili dishes, voting on your favorite and do some shopping with all the varied vendors at the Market.

2014: New Year, New You!

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Resolutions. Everyone makes them when the New Year rolls around, but the question is, do you keep them? And are they even attainable?

Setting achievable goals for the upcoming year to make a better you is important. Eating well and shopping local are two attainable resolutions you can make – and keep! – with the help of the Delray GreenMarket.  Here are some ways you can start the New Year right and keep them going the whole year through.

1. Be bold and try new things! The GreenMarket is full of tasty, unique and hard-to-find products such as olives stuffed with blue cheese, organic empanadas and whey better butter, you just might find something you never knew that you’ve always loved!

2. Get your daily servings of fruits and veggies. Most of us don’t eat enough fruits and veggies. At the Market they are plentiful, with Interesting varieties and options for anyone to enjoy. In season right now are varieties of peppers, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant, corn, lettuce, arugula and herbs.  And, for citrus lovers, enjoy oranges, grapefruit and tangerines.

3. Healthy dietary/lifestyle choices. There are lots of choices at the Delray GreenMarket, whether you choose to eat organic, vegan, free-range, gluten-free or sugar-free, there is something for everyone’s dietary preferences or needs.

4. Support local businesses. The products you buy and money you spend at the Delray GreenMarket stays in the local community and directly benefits the vendor. Skip the grocery store and find delicious treats from your neighbors instead of products that are transported from thousands of miles away.

5. Get some fresh air & exercise. Enjoy the warm weather and Vitamin D from the South Florida sun as you stroll around the market. After shopping, venture a little east and head down Atlantic Avenue to the beach!

And remember to visit us on Saturday, January 18 between 10am and 11am to receive $2.00 in GreenMarket bucks to spend with any GreenMarket vendor!

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