The entire Stuart greenmarket pretty much fits in the city hall parking lot, with room to spare for parking, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy shopping stop.
When the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy left these shores and the weather turned spectacular, Sunday was a perfect day to check out what’s offered at this smaller, more personal market:
- You can get your carbo-load’s worth from Hayes Gourmets Bakery and Cafe’s selection of challah, croissants, muffins, sourdough loaves, tea breads, bagels and cookies. And all this is just a representation of what Hayes really does as a full-service breakfast and lunch establishment, offering quiche, pancakes, waffles, wraps, melts and salads at their Jensen Beach location. If you need a specialty cake, celebration cake or something sugar-free, Hayes can do it for you as well.
- Pat Bradley is literally a honey of a guy. He owns hives all over Florida’s east coast, and the product of those hives is what his Palm City-based PJ Ranch Honey is all about. He offers Tupelo, saw palmetto, orange blossom, wildflower and other honey flavors in season. He sells at both Stuart and Fort Pierce greenmarkets, or you can order through his website.
- Fran Massey spent years in New York City’s garment industry, which is one tough place and one tough way to earn a living. Living and working in Hobe Sound now and baking her sugar high-inducing cookies, bars, brownies and whoopie pies has to be more fun. Her company, Creating Kitchen Magic, is certainly a sweeter lifestyle choice. The brownies and bars are dense and need only the accompaniment of a strong cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk to make them truly complete. This year, Massey is also making jams and preserves for sale at the Stuart Market, the only one she attends. For a really unusual fix in a jar, check out her banana jam, made with fingerling bananas. It’s not something you’ll find on any store shelf anywhere. No website is available, but Massey can be contacted at (772) 546-6768 for information.
- Sharon Gilbert of Culinary Escapes is a retired educator whose cooking and baking skills showcase her travels. Her table at the greenmarket is a trip around the world, with Spanish empanadas, Greek pastries, Australian pies and American tea breads. Her blog is packed with food history, recipes, trends, stories from her travels and while it’s nice to look at, it’s also a serious food blog aimed at people who want to get to the “meat” of an issue without much fuss. She can cater corporate events, receptions and business luncheons, attends the Vero Beach greenmarket as well, and can be reached at email@example.com.
The Stuart greenmarket is open Sundays year-round in the city hall parking lot, 121 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking is located on SW Flagler and along Osceola Street, one block east of Flagler.