1 The well-known West Palm Beach Green Market is filled with more than 70-vendors each weekend. It features fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, plants, and other delicious treats. http://wpb.org/greenmarket/
3 It was a very popular stop - all their baked goods are made without preservatives or chemicals.
4 We saw these beautiful looking yellow skinned watermelons. Most yellow skinned watermelons start out green and change to this golden color as they ripen.
5 And, look at these huge papayas! Papayas are refreshingly sweet in taste. They're also rich in vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
6 There were also lots of mangoes - another popular, nutritionally rich tropical fruit.
7 This fruit vendor sliced the fresh fruit into bite-sized pieces as you waited.
8 Arepas - ground maize dough or cooked flour served with various ingredients, such as cheese, meat, eggs, vegetables or fish.
9 Here, they were frying up some meat and peppers for the arepas.
10 The eggs were fresh and looked so delicious.
11 This booth had lots of shrimp.
12 And, large stone crab legs.
14 We ventured down Dixie Highway and stopped at Culpepper & Company - Antiques, Lighting and Decor. It's the largest wholesale distributor of its kind in the world. One of the first things we saw was this immersion suit - a special waterproof suit that prevents the wearer from hypothermia in the water. The "suit" is sitting on dugout teak and ironwood canoes cleverly made into benches. http://www.culpeppernautical.com
15 These are netted glass floats in various sizes. Hand blown fishing floats were used from the 1800s through the late 1960s. Small ones would keep the nets afloat, while larger ones marked lobster and fishing traps.
16 String buoys were made of wood, and painted bright colors so they could be seen in the water.
17 String buoys and lobster buoys were all hand crafted by the fisherman.
18 The shop was filled with all kinds of ship lights, navigational lights, and fox lights. The hanging fox lights are made of brass, copper or aluminum, and would light the decks for the workers at night.
19 Ship lanterns were used in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Shipmen used these navigation lamps to light their way, so other ships would see them and know in what direction a boat was going.
20 We stopped at Salloum Foods, a Mediterranean market and deli. They had a great selection of salads including quinoa and beet salads - they were so fresh.
21 They also had stuffed grape leaves and stuffed cabbage leaves.
22 Our next stop on Dixie Highway was Hall Hardware, Inc., a small, locally owned full service hardware store since 1945. What a fun place to explore - they had everything, including these cast iron pans by Lodge Cookware. http://hallhardware.doitbest.com/home.aspx
23 Hall carries stoneware crocks, which were traditionally used for preserving vegetables. Today, these vessels are used for kitchen storage. The crocks are lead-fee and food safe. The different numbers indicate the size - one, two or three gallon sized crocks.
24 Cast iron cornstick pans also made by Lodge Cookware.
25 On a separate wall, utensils and other kitchen essentials.
26 A separate housewares sections had handy step ladders - I love a well-stocked hardware store.
27 We also did some "antiquing" on Dixie Highway, and made our way to Authentic Provence Antiques. They carry many beautiful French garden antiques, and vintage and contemporary home decor. Here are some of their fun doormats. http://www.authenticprovence.com
28 This Labrador doormat is made of natural coir fibre. Most of the doormats are about 30-inches by 18-inches.
29 Here's a whimsical doormat decorated with a pair of rain boots.
30 They also had a very large antique rectangular basin planter in the style of the late Hellenistic period. It was made in the 15th century in Sicily, Italy and features impressive carvings of the art muses, goddesses and rope twists along the columns, with dental moulded rim - so beautiful.
31 Authentic Provence also has this lovely collection of garden decorations.
32 This Italian limestone frog family is from the 1970s.
33 Antique and vintage garden tools from England, which were brought back by the owner's husband.
34 I am a big fan of faux bois - here is a faux bois "Maison Canard", or duck house.
35 Made in the 19th century, this piece was priced at nearly four-thousand dollars.
36 This tub was carved by hand around the year 1820, in white, Statuario marble.
37 This beautiful large basket is antique and was used for gathering vegetables in France. It is 33-inches wide by nine-inches tall.
38 Antique French doors with beautiful details.
40 Brass Scale antiques carries many interesting pieces - this large hand blown clear glass cake cover, probably made in the 1940s was the largest they had seen, and now the largest they had sold.
41 This is a Dodie Thayer tureen. From the 1960s through the mid-1980s, Thayer's Lettuce Ware pottery was extremely popular.
42 Here is a trio of vintage flower plates made around the 1950s or 1960s. These plates also come with matching cups.
43 A Moroccan brass table from the late 19th century - I loved it so much, I bought it. On top are hand blown English dinner bells also from the late 19th century.
44 A pair of elegant antique mercury glass lamps made in France in the 19th century.
45 A pair of vintage banana leaf chairs in front of a vintage bamboo screen. The chandelier is made of coral.
46 The dog on the couch is a 1970s hand carved solid wood, spray painted and lacquered in a silvery tone. Other items include a leopard scarf made by Chanel and framed for the wall.
47 Chris and Melanie Hill are the owners of Kofski Antiques on County Road in Palm Beach. Their main store carries lighting, porcelain, silver, furniture, and art. http://kofski.com
48 I bought this bronze crab.
49 Fun glasses with colorful circular shapes. My friend, Lis Barron, loved them and purchased them.
51 Kofski Antiques has lots of silver and table accessories.
52 Here's an elegant large antique table in dark ebony - it also caught our eye. It was in excellent condition.
53 My friend and publicist, Susan Magrino, recommended we stop at Balatro Consignment shop on County Road. While there, I saw this hat, and wondered if it would be a good hat for the Central Park Conservancy "Hat Luncheon" I attend every year.
54 Here's another fun hat.
56 The white Merulina coral centerpieces are all on coquina stone. The blue and white Chinese export porcelain jars are also very pretty.
57 This is one of a pair of huge palmetto palm copper wall sconces - I think Lis was eyeing them.
58 And a stunning Abalone turtle serving bowl. What a fun day.