Where to Go for Greens: Top Ten Specialty Markets

​ As fall signals the end of the growing season elsewhere, it has just begun here in South Florida, so I'm learning.

Though I'm impressed with the scope of what I've seen so far, markets down here aren't as militant when it comes to local and organic. Here's a slew of several I've visited and a couple more on the list.

10.Yellow Green Market: For the cocktails. 
This Sunday green market is a mostly shabby, semi-chic flea market/ food mall/ farmers market where you're as likely to find socks as spinach.Though where produce is from and whether it's organic is anybody's guess, the selection of native and exotic goods is a feast for gawkers. Homemade olive oils, desserts from local chefs, artisan cheeses, and of course, cocktails at some of the sit-down stalls are among the many goodies to be had here.

More farmers markets after the jump.

9. Battens Farm. For the size. Over 150 Broward County farmers sell wares at this giant market that's been operating in Davie since 2008. Heads up: only some produce is organic. The market, located at 5151 SW 64th Street, is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and now Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8. Marando Farms. For live animals. Who knew you could see live chickens and pigs in Fort Lauderdale? The farmers market, open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. offers home-grown produce, seedlings, jams, and honey. 

7. Lake Worth Farmers Market. For the waterside location. Rent kayaks and shop at the market Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with booths from forty vendors selling anything from coffee, to prepared foods, to produce. 

​6West Palm Beach Farmers Market. For goods to please a swishy clientele. Burritos and bakeries compete with farmers at this Saturday morning market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fancy people and their help. The dubiously named Sweat Swamp Farms, R&R Orchards, and Stephen's Produce represent for leafy greens, as do vendors selling jerky and jerk, bagels and burrata, dog treats and homemade fish dip.
.Las Olas Farmers Market. For the parade. Produce, baked goods, and super gourmand gear like selections of salts are available at this market that's a parade of locals, tourists, and their pets on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Get there early for such coveted items like stone crab claws. It is, after all, in season. 

4Sunset Green Market: For Farmer Jay.Thirty four vendors make up this Wednesday evening market in a lot on NW 19th Street with a Hooters backdrop. Farmer Jay reigns among the sellers, a local drumming up awareness for all things local at restaurants, schools, and the recently unveiled community garden. Other goods to be had include honey, baked goods, pickles, soaps, and empanadas. This market has vetted vendors for their organic cred. 

3. Delray Greenmarket. For the community. This market, that started in 1996, offers coffee, baked goods, farm-grown produce, and grass-fed beef every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you're really die-hard, check out the market cookbook

The Boys Farmers Market. For terrific produce and people watching. Reasonably priced, organic produce, just-baked breads, flavored olive oils, fresh seafood, and artisan cheeses fall among the offerings for this top-notch shopping extravaganza. Though it's ​open daily, Sunday is best for people watching, though be careful of your car in the parking lot, where fender bending is a weekend sport.

1.Bedner's Farmers Market. For pick your own produce. This 60-year old, family-run farm offers locally-grown produce that's half the price of what's sold at supermarkets. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the farm has a pumpkin patch and various options throughout the season to pick your own fruits and berries. 

What did I miss? Let us know in the comments.

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