The GreenMarket Goddess: LORI NOLAN, Delray GreenMarket Manager
Delray’s GreenMarket is celebrating its 18th year in 2014. The popular open-air market now features more than 60 vendors, and the variety of items and entertainment offered each week just continues to expand. So, who is behind the success of the Delray GreenMarket? The GreenMarket Guru or Goddess, of course! Meet Lori Nolan, Delray GreenMarket Manager.
Q: How many years have you been the manager and what has been your greatest accomplishment?
A: This is my 15th year, and one of the greatest achievements would be when we relocated the Market to Old School Square Park in 2012.
Q: What is a tip you would share for a GreenMarket newbie?
A: Shop early for best selection of items. Many of our vendors sell out of their most popular items early in the day, so definitely, the early bird gets the worm!
Q: When not at the GreenMarket, where would we most likely find you?
A: You’d find me at home, on the Avenue, or at the CRA office (my home away from home).
Q: What are your favorite restaurants in Delray?
A: I have lots of favorites and I am such a creature of habit! On Monday my favorite is Marianne’s; Tuesday, Papa’s Tapa’s; Wednesday is Ziree’s; Thursday is the Green Owl; and Friday’s is City Oyster. Saturdays of course, I eat at the GreenMarket!
Q: What is your favorite Delray event (beside the GreenMarket of course)?
A: Hands-down I would say the Delray Affair. It is such a fun event with an eclectic mix of art, music and food, and it brings so many interesting, vibrant people to the city.
Q: If we opened your pantry, what could we always find?
A: I always keep sea salt, organic olive oil and Pascale’s Jams readily available.
Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island, what are the three things you would want?
A: Exotic fruit and nut trees, fresh water supply and a thatched roof tree house (Swiss Family Robinson style).
Q: What are your favorite words to live by?
A: On Saturday’s it’s Chop-Chop!
Q: Dogs or cats?
A: I am a dog LOVER and have always had them in my life. I currently live with two rescues, Phish our Chihuahua, and Gabby our Bassett Hound. Oh, and Jim my hubby!