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Find the Vendors you Love in the Off-Season: Shop and Support Local Biz

 

shop-localOn October 18, 2014, the wait for opening of the Delray GreenMarket will be over! But until then, we wanted to share how you can find some of our vendors during the off-season.

Dr. Pickle

  • The Fresh Market on US 1 in Delray
  • Alexis Produce 3890 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach
  • Maranda Farms 1401 SW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
  • Bedner’s on US 441 in Boynton Beach
  • Brothers Farmers Markets Stores, 4191 N. State Rd 7, Hollywood
  • Palm Beach Gardens Summer Storage Market, 11010 N. Military Trail, WPB 8-1pm on Sundays
  • Fort Pierce Farmers Market Downtown, Saturdays from 8-12 pm
  • Jupiter Farmers Market Sundays from 10-2pm
  • Yellow Green Farmers Market, 1940 N 30th, Hollywood Saturday & Sunday
  • Pinecrest Farmers Market, 11000 Red Rd, Miami, Sundays at 8-1pm
  • The Big Apple Shopping Bazaar, 5283 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray on Saturdays, 10-4pm

Lip SMAKin’ Good Honey – farmersmarkethoney.com

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Le Petit Pain Bakery

123 S. Third Street in Lantana

The Delray Beach Jam Company –  mangohouse.net
201 SE 5th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483

Finn-Atic Fish Co. – finnaticfishco.com

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Master Gardener

Mounts Botanical Garden, Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Pickle Peddler

Palm Beach Gardens Summer Storage Market, 11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens

Serenity Flows – serenityflows.com

Antonina’s Gourmet – www.antoninasgourmet.com

“A Touch of Spain and More”

  • Volunteers Park, 12050 West Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, Saturdays from 8-2
  • Las Olas Farmers Market, 333 East Las Olas Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, Sundays from 8-2
  • Tamarac Community Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Corner of University Drive and Southgate Blvd., Tamarac, Sundays from 9-2

Paellas de Espana Catering- PaellasDeEspana.com

Nisha’s Indian Food

  • Deerfield Green Market, Cove Shopping Center @ East Hillsboro Blvd. and the Intracoastal Waterway on Sundays from 8-2pm

Farris Farm – FarrissFarm.com

Loic Autret (French Baker)

  • Big Apple Shopping Bazaar, Saturdays from 10-3

Pasta Amore

  • Palm Beach Gardens Summer Market, 11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, Sundays from 8-1

Tweedle Pet Products Natural and Organic –  www.tweedlepetproducts.com (sold online)

  • Available at Wellington Whole Foods Market
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Patriotic (& Healthy) Cupcakes for the Fourth

It may be a few weeks away but we think anytime is a good time for dessert! Recipe compliments of Amy Robison of Amy’s Lil Chunks of Love.

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Cupcakes
1 cup freshly puréed beets – about 3 to 4 large organic beet roots (save the leaves – they make great cooked greens!)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 1/4 cups organic sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoon natural cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 cup almond milkCream Cheese Icing
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1 cup vegan cream cheese
3 to 4 cups organic confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Cover beet roots with foil and bake at 375°F  for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until soft
3. Purée the beets and mix with the oil until incorporated with an electric mixer
4. Add sugar and vanilla extract
5. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder
6. Alternately, add the flour mixture and the milk to the beet mixture
7. Use cupcake liners and fill each tin 3/4 full
8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for regular size cupcakes until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean when poked in the middle
9. To make the cream cheese frosting, whip together the vegan margarine and vegan cream cheese with an electric mixer
10. Add the confectioner’s sugar 1 cup at a time until it reaches desired consistency
11. Frost after cupcakes are fully cooled or chilled.
12. Refrigerate after frosting

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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“Saving the life of one dog may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one dog.”


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Every weekend at the GreenMarket our (furry) friends at TriCounty Humane Society and Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue bring their cuddly, adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes.

When thinking about adding a pet to the family, it’s important to do your research. Adopting a rescue makes your new pet even that much more special. Not only do you find the gift of a loving animal friend, but you give them the gift of hope and a new forever home. Here are some tips to keep in mind when considering adopting a pet especially during the holiday season.

  1. Bring your whole family. Make sure everyone is agreeable and will take his or her own responsibility for the new addition to the family.
  2. Do your homework. Research various breeds and their demeanors along with the care, space and equipment you need to properly care for them.
  3. Narrow your search online. PetFinder.com is a one great resource to locate local animals that need homes and calling shelters directly is an option too.
  4. Consider fostering. Fostering is a great way to make sure the pet and family is a good fit before making a final commitment.
  5. Consider older dogs. Puppies don’t have the best manners so don’t rule out a well-trained and older animal that may better suit your family dynamics.
  6. Consider your lifestyle. Do you want an active dog or a mellower one?
  7. Take time to decide. Returning a pet is not like returning a toy or unwanted sweater. This is an important decision that should not be made on a whim.
  8. Adoption is less costly than a pet store. Adoption fees are minimal and saving a homeless, abandoned animal is priceless. Pet store dogs are mostly obtained from puppy mills and backyard breeders.
  9. Consider waiting until after the holidays. The holidays are a time often filled with stress, visiting guests and other craziness. It is important to ensure your new furry friend is introduced into a comfortable situation where they can more easily adjust to their new environment.

So when you think of adding a furry friend to your family, think about adopting local from a shelter such as TriCounty or Dezzy’s. Visit us at the GreenMarket on Saturdays to see some of their adoptable dogs and learn more if adopting a loving shelter dog is right for you!