Palm Beachers: We Don't Need a Green Market; We Have Maids

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We don't need no fresh veggies.
Green markets, with their mountains of fresh veggies and artisan bread, have long been the yuppie alternative to slumming it with the wilted lettuce at Publix. But in the Town of Palm Beach, where the millionaires roam, fresh kale and organic tea are still no match for blue-blooded snobbery.

This week, the town's Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a proposal for a Sunday-morning green market because, apparently, the wealthy don't need fresh produce. They have maids.

"We have beautiful supermarkets to send our maids to," Palm Beach resident Ruby Rinker
told the commission, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. "If we were starving people that needed discounted food, that would be different. But we just don't need it."

One commissioner called the proposed market a "carpetbagger." Others worried that an open-air market would attract "trash" from the mainland. West Palm Beach has a popular, long-standing green market on Saturday mornings, and Palm Beach doesn't want those unsavory crowds drifting across the bridge to the island.

"The crowd at these things is a bit less than what you would expect in Palm Beach," Commissioner Floyd Wideman said.

Ah, yes. Yuppies walking their Shih Tzus with BabyBjörn carriers strapped to their chests are so lowbrow. Can you believe those people have the nerve to buy organic olive oil?

Clearly, Palm Beach dodged a bullet on this one. Just think what might have happened if the island served up crepes and fresh orchids on a Sunday morning. Residents like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter would never get over the shame.
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Mary
Mary

Oh my!  What is the average IQ in Palm Beach?  I've heard that some of "them" are allowed to overpay for land and clothes, but I really think that they may need help with the food!

Katie
Katie

What miserable snobs...in this economy, to actually make those statements!  Get real get a life, I am very sure that if your money disappears, so will your "friends" .  Take your designer puppy to his psychologist and get a life   

Ellysa Gimignani
Ellysa Gimignani

Aw. What a shame. I guess more SUPER FRESH organic locally grown produce for us "trash". I don't know about you but I personally love produce that's days even weeks old, that's been shipped across the US in tracker trailers. You know, the more fuel we waste the better. And the more money we squander out of our community just increases our fabulousness. Why would I want to support my neighbors when I can send my maid to Publix where she can buy less quality produce for more money while supporting the strangers half across the US, even sometimes across the world,that don't care about us our children or our environment. How silly... 

FQS9000
FQS9000

They are totally correct.  Snobs, but correct.  There is utterly no need for peasants in Palm Beach unless they are serving someone too rich to bother doing it themselves.

PamelaHaley
PamelaHaley

Oh well bluebloods, PLEASE DO continue ingesting high concentrations of pesticides and GMOs spliced with weevil DNA. Please, continue to enjoy your rotten, wilted broccoli refreshed in color and texture by that secret dash of vinegar your maid uses to cover it up. God forbid you should send your little scullery to market with your money to purchase locally grown produce that hasn't been sitting on a shipping crate from Peru for over a year. Please do ENJOY ALL THAT... and a bag of chips (for the heart attack that will leave your bloodsucking, gold digger wife with all your money).

Connie
Connie

Ruby Rinker needs to increase her intake of fiber.

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