Neighborhood green markets are sprouting in parks around South Florida.
For a few hours each week, these city-run popups make it easy to stop and shop local from vendors who are your neighbors.
Some urban markets have been around for years and are thriving, while others take root as the concept grows in popularity, thanks to community redevelopment agencies and relaxed cottage food laws.
Home-grown purveyors sell organic produce, grass-fed beef, seafood, honey, fresh juices, artisanal breads, pasta, jellies, jams, flowers, plants and prepared foods. Many vendors visit multiple markets each week, traveling from city to city with their smorgasbord of specialties.
We give you a sampling of some green markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties, but keep an eye out for one germinating in your neck of the woods.
Oakland Park Farmers Market
3-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through May 6, on the corner of Dixie Highway and Northeast 38th Street
Highlights: More than 30 vendors participate in one facet of the city's growing culinary arts district anchored by Urban Farming Institute and the Funky Buddha Brewery. Catch the Farm to Chef Showcase at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. This week's cooking demonstration features chef Pascal Zeimet of Rendez-Vous Bakery & Bistro.
Info: 954-696-9577, OPCulinaryArts.com
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through May 10, on the southwest corner of Northeast Second Avenue and First Street
Highlights: Founded in 1996, this market gathers more than 50 vendors in Old School Square park in the heart of downtown Delray Beach. Look for produce from Green Cay and Alderman Farms, both from Boynton Beach, and fresh fish from Eric and Lisa Finn of Finn-Atic Fish Co. of Delray Beach.
Info: 561-276-7511, delraycra.org
Plantation Farmers Market
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Highlights: About 25 vendors set up year-round, including Jerry Kugel, of Happy Dog Bakery in Lake Worth, with his all-natural pet treats like organic catnip and bacon cheeseburger biscuits.
Info: 954-452-2558, Plantation.org/City-Government/farmers-market.html
Boca Raton GreenMarket
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May 10, on the corner of South Federal Highway and Southeast Mizner Boulevard
Highlights: More than 40 vendors set up in the city's downtown, rain or shine. Meet Vito Volpe, of Mozzarita in Pompano Beach, who sells hand-stretched mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, scamorza and homemade whey butter.
Info: 561-299-8684, downtownboca.org/?p=8258
Pompano Beach Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 26, on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Cypress Road
This sprawling collection of 50 vendors was founded in 2003 and sits a mile east of the Pompano Beach State Farmer’s Market, a wholesale produce exchange not open to the public.
Highlight: Check in with Lip SMAKin Good Honey of Coral Springs to sample and buy more than 20 flavors of local honey.
Info: 954-292-8040, www.greenmarketpompano.com