History of the GreenMarket

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Green Market opening day 1995 with Mayor Nancy Graham

After visiting public markets throughout Europe, former Mayor Nancy Graham envisioned a weekly greenmarket for downtown West Palm Beach. She imagined a gathering place not only for buying fresh produce from local farmers, but also as a destination to see friends and interact with neighbors. “In the greenmarkets I visited, people selling the produce knew their shoppers’ names, and the shoppers could ask questions about the products,” Graham commented.
InNovember 1995, the first West Palm Beach GreenMarket -and the first weekly, public farmers market in Palm Beach County -opened, featuring 13 vendors, and took place in the parking lot of the Old City Hall. With no actual farmers available with fresh produce for the first couple of weeks, City staff purchased fruits and vegetables - and resold them until local farmers had crops to bring to the market. Despite the original location and small selection, the GreenMarket was a hit! Residents and visitors loved the GreenMarket and made it a part of their weekly routine.

Green market opening day 2006 with Mayor Frankel

Storm Team 5 meteorologist Glenn Glazer with Community Events manager Mary Pinak in front of old City Hall 2006

By the end of the second season, the Market outgrew the parking lot space and moved to Narcissus Avenue and 2nd Street, where it operated with about 45 vendors throughout the 2009-2010 season. In October 2010, the GreenMarket relocated and expanded to its current, scenic home on the new West Palm Beach Waterfront. The Waterfront's lovely trellises and plazas, not to mention the breathtaking views and Intracoastal breeze, are the ideal setting for hosting 90-plus vendors and organizations annually.
Having secured their spots through a competitive, annual jury process, the West Palm Beach GreenMarket vendors are the finest in South Florida, offering a variety of local food and products. In addition to serving as the premier place to stock up on everything from fresh produce and flowers, to doughnuts and cheese, the Market has become a community gathering spot. Patrons also attend for the relaxed atmosphere and incredible entertainment, including in the shade “By the Banyan” tree and during once monthly historical Walking Tours with local historian Rick Gonzalez. Proceeds for the popular tour benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

GM Opening Day 2010 move to the current location ceremony with Mayor Lois Frankel and commissioners

Mayor Muoio and city commissioners with children from the Farmers in Training program. Opening Day 2016

The WPB GreenMarket has been awarded more than two dozen awards over its more than 20-year history, including standout recognitions by New Times magazine in its “Best Of” issue, and as the best market in Florida by Cooking Light magazine – in its list of “America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets.”


On October 5, 2019 West Palm Beach kicked off its 125th Anniversary during the opening of the GreenMarket's own 25th seasoncelebration. Mayor Keith James and local dignitaries put sentimental items and artifacts into a “thyme” capsule including current zoning maps of the city, T-shirts, newspaper articles and postcards. Former mayors including Rep. Lois Frankel, Mayor Nancy Graham and Mayor Jeri Muoio were on hand to celebrate, as well as current and former city commissioners.

The GreenMarket is THE place to see and be seen on Saturday mornings. We look forward to seeing you here!
green market 25th season opening day photo