By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer
If your New Year’s Resolution starts with eating more healthy, incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, be sure to stop by Boca GreenMarket some Saturday in January to sample all the local flavor.
The GreenMarket, now in its 23rd year, meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the banyan-tree-lined Boca City Hall Parking Lot.
This is the second season at this location. Previously, the Market started by Emily Lilly, met in Royal Palm Place.
On Saturday morning, Dec. 7, proud parents encircled the steps leading up to City Hall, as the parents watched and videotaped their 1st and 2nd graders from Boca Raton Elementary performing songs like “Candles, Candles,” under the creative direction of music teacher Liese Connell on guitar.
One new vendor at the market in December was Organic Kennesaw Fresh Squeezed juices. Samples are served up in exotic flavors such as Blood Orange, Orange Strawberry, Grapefruit, Lemonade or Orange by 16-year-old Max and his friend Logan, 17.
Max told his parents he wanted a car. They told him he could work for it.
The company was founded in 1923 by Bubba Humphrey, who would bring fresh pineapples grown in Boca Raton up to Georgia; bringing Georgia peaches back to Florida on the return. Eventually they focused on citrus.
In 1990, Max’s family bought the company located in Pompano Beach. It is now owned by Roseberg and Zutterman. For more information, go to kennesawjuice.com.
The Market boasts two produce vendors who have become like old friends to market goers.
The personable Greg of MisGreg’s Produce goes back to Day 1 at Boca GreenMarket. He used to come to market with his pet pig Maxwell, much to the crowd’s delight. The produce stand is named for Greg’s wife, Missy, who was familiar to customers for ringing up their purchases. Sadly, she died unexpectedly this past year, shortly after the passing of one of her parents.
Greg is raising up his four daughters to also work at the family Produce Stand. His youngest daughters Nathalie and Heather were manning the booth in December when he stopped in to check on them. Daughters Melissa and Kimmy also sometimes help out.
MisGreg’s Produce offers an extensive array of vegetables, greens and fruits grown in the West Palm Beach area.
At the other end of the market, Brianne and her little dog Toby greet guests to Benny’s fruits and vegetables. Most of their produce comes from Immokalee. They also have a friend who grows for them, pesticide free, in Homestead, she said.
Market goers looking for interesting breakfast pastries will find no shortage.
Lisa Bresnihan and Susan Weber of “Baked In Boca, Made in Boca” serve samples of moist and delicious homemade banana bread – made from the fruit of banana trees in their backyards. Other regular bread flavors are lemon and zucchini. Gluten-free bread flavors are anisette toast, peanut butter/chocolate chip, and sugarplum.
Christine Semenza of Mimi Bakes, at market with Dominic, brings a twist on New York style crumb cake. Available in festive flavors like apple crumb, classic crumb, and a red-and-green crumb around the holidays, she brings a taste of the northeast to those hungry for it. Goes great with coffee.
Two traditional French bakeries also have a presence at the GreenMarket.
Le Petit Pain, whose owners spend part of the year in France/part of the year at their bakery in Boynton Beach, features beautiful squares of mixed berry, apricot or pear tarte, croissants and baguettes, and deep-dish quiche.
Le Vinois, from Ft. Lauderdale, is known for its Rugelach in strawberry-raspberry, orange-chocolate, or apricot. They also serve rustic pizzas and loaves of bread.