Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. The GreenMarket hosts neighbors and small growers who bring seasonal, very limited crops to market. Do you have fruit from a few backyard trees, a good tomato crop from the kitchen garden, or some berries gathered in an outing? If so, we’d like to help you bring it to the community. Barter is encouraged, trade your small crop for market items you may need!
Following a nearly 10 year tradition, the Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket will host free summer workshops every Saturday this June at 10:30 a.m.
The first workshop begins June 2 and continues during subsequent June Saturdays to offer visitors an opportunity to learn five different recipes using locally grown ingredients. Visitors will get a taste of the finished product and complimentary refreshment at the end of each class.
The first presentation is instructed by local farmer, gardener and GreenMarket manager Santiago De Choch. De Choch will introduce students to Poor Man’s Caviar, a vegetarian dip that combines eggplants and sweet peppers as the main ingredients, both abundant and easy to grow this time of year in southwest Florida.
The recipe comes from De Choch’s grandmother, a music lover, Holocaust survivor and prodigious cook, who in turn learned it from her own mother in her native Sofia, Bulgaria.
Saturday recipe presentations continue with Tatiana Logvinova, Green Paradise Eco Farm; Robert Pascuzzi, owner of Brisket Brothers restaurant in Fort Myers; Ana Escalon, SOL Urban Farm; and Gina Ortiz, Gina’s Tamales and Oaxacan Cuisine. Recipes will be vegetarian, although eggs and dairy products may be used. Each workshop will feature as many local ingredients as possible, all of which are available at the GreenMarket.
Free Weekly Yoga Sessions!
Join registered yoga teacher Anna Withrow for free yoga sessions beneath the shade trees during GreenMarket. The sessions are suitable for all levels and beginners are welcome. Supervised children are also encouraged to join in. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen and water. Click HERE to learn more about Anna’s Yoga Bird Studio.
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How much does it cost to be a vendor at the GreenMarket? Food vendors pay $25 per Saturday, or $80 per month. Non-food vendors pay $30 per Saturday, or $100 per month. We offer special rates to non-profits and fundraisers, please contact us for details. The Alliance for the Arts is a non-profit organization, and vendors’ payments help cover insurance and promotional costs for the market.