By Dawn Krebs
PORT ST. LUCIE - It has been said, "If you build it, they will come."
In the case of a community green market, Port St. Lucie residents will see the results of a months-long effort to build support on Sept. 8 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through May 2013.
There, they can wander among the dozens of vendors offering a mix of art, crafts, fresh produce and more.
"This was formed to enhance the overall prosperity in the city," said Arthur D'Amato, founder and organizer of the market. "Green markets attract thousands of people to them, and sales have stimulated the community coffers, as well as publicized the area the event is held in."
In addition to vendors, the green market will eventually also display the city's history and uniqueness. The city council agreed in June to partner with the green market, and unanimously voted for the project.
Since the event was announced, a number of businesses have helped sponsor the market, including Kelly's Animal Hospital, the Wellness Center, Gordon & Doner, and Bagel Brothers. The sponsorships enable the market to help nonprofits in the area to share their message.
"This will be the perfect family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy," said Mr. D'Amato. "And it will help support the neighborhood businesses and the city."
For more information about the green market, call (772) 345-3797 or (772) 446-7976.