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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!


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 for more information.

Well-Attended Pet Parade Leaves ‘Em Smiling

By Paula Detwiller

A Goldendoodle with bunny ears. A Shih Tzu in a tutu. And the most Rastafarian-looking dog you’ve ever seen!

2011 Easter Bonnet Pet Parade

Pets and humans parading down Atlantic Avenue

 Those were just three of the 85 entrants in the Delray GreenMarket’s 10th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade, held on April 23rd.  The pets and their human companions brought smiles to a lot of faces as they walked—and rolled—down Atlantic Avenue from Old School Square to the GreenMarket, and then down the “red carpet” to the judge’s tent.

A Furry Fiesta

Two cats, two goats, a couple of rabbits, and one dearly loved stuffed animal joined the parade of dressed-up dogs. Five-year-old Maitreya Motel, whose dog died recently, carried Tito (a purple stuffed Chihuahua with a sunflower hat) in the parade. The judges were so touched, they awarded Maitreya and Tito “Best of Show.”

Best of Show 2011

Awards were given in six other categories: Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest Bonnet, Most Tropical, Most Frou-Frou, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike. To see more photos of the winners, check out this great slideshow by amateur photographer Rick Schofield. Visit our Facebook page for more Pet Parade pics and other information about the GreenMarket.

Coming Soon: Easter Bonnet Pet Parade!

by Paula Detwiller

Oh, I could write a sonnet
About your beagle’s bonnet
With all the ribbons on it
At the Easter Parade…

When Irving Berlin wrote the lyrics to Easter Parade, he probably never imagined a beagle in a bonnet. But you might see one on Saturday, April 23 when the GreenMarket hosts its 10th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade! Domestic pets of all types are invited to don their finest hats, hoods, visors, bonnets, and other fancy headgear and compete for prizes in one of six categories: Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest Bonnet, Most Tropical, Most Frou-Frou, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike.

 2010 Best In Show

Supporting a Worthy Cause

Registration for the pet parade begins at 9 a.m. at Old School Square; suggested donations of $2 per registered pet will be collected to benefit the Animal Rescue Force. Led by local celebrity judges, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds east along the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk to the GreenMarket at SE 4th Avenue, where participants will line up to be officially judged, photographed, and admired.


See You in A Week!

Remember, the GreenMarket will be closed this Saturday, April 16, when Atlantic Avenue is sealed off to vehicular traffic for The Delray Affair. We re-open on April 23rd for our colorful, always-entertaining pet parade. Don’t miss it!