Thanks to Hurricane Matthew’s bluster, West Palm Beach cancelled its waterfront green market for this Saturday.
But those who flock to Swank Farm’s fresh produce stand won’t have to wait one week for their lettuces and baby greens.
They’ll only have to wait one day. The Loxahatchee Groves farm is hosting its own mini-market on Sunday.
The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the boutique farm, which is now harvesting a heap of hydroponically grown greens.
“We’ll have lots of lettuces and lettuce mixes, watercress and upland cress, squash blossoms and squash,” says Jodi Swank, who owns Swank Specialty Produce with her husband, farmer Darrin Swank.
She has invited various vendors to join her Sunday. Among those selling their goods will be Delray Beach-made Pascale’s jams, Koroneiki olive oils and vinegars, and West Palm Beach-based Accomplice Brewery, which will offer flavored ciders.
Swank’s farm market will become a regular event after the West Palm Beach GreenMarket season wraps at the end of April. The Swanks will host Saturday farm markets throughout May and the first two weeks of June. Like this Sunday’s market, the 2017 markets will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Growing season has kicked off at Swank Farm, which means party season is on the horizon at Palm Beach County’s premier hydroponic farm.
Farmers Darrin and Jodi Swank have stepped up their farm dinner schedule this harvest season, booking nine “Swank Table” events beneath their newish, soaring, open-sided barn between December and April.
That’s one more dinner than last season. But as Darrin Swank puts it, the chef-driven feasts signal a shift in the farm’s identity and goals.
“We’re going more from a production side to more of an educational, entertainment, tourism side,” says Swank, whose 20-acre farm sits on a dirt road in Loxahatchee Groves. “Our idea is to keep bringing more and more folks here to educate them about the values of using local produce.”
The Swank Table events draw carloads of South Florida foodies in farm-hip garb. They travel west for chef-made dishes inspired by just-harvested ingredients, locally brewed beer, sommelier-poured wine and live acoustic music.
This year’s lineup features a night with the chefs from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood and Coconut Creek restaurants, a specialty farm market, a Chinese New Year celebration, a Valentine’s dinner, a 70s party, an Argentine barbecue, a vegetarian feast, a white party and a pig roast.
Call it cinema vérité, farm style: a menu of movies and plates to match, all served and seen at Swank Farm.
The Loxahatchee Groves boutique farm will host Devour!, the world’s largest food film festival, on Sunday, May 22.
Farmers Darrin and Jodi Swank will transform their grand, open-sided barn into a rural screening room where one can enjoy film shorts and one 50-minute documentary between bites of pricey, big-city cooking.