At the 1913 Delray Beach County Fair, crates of pineapples were prominent. / All photos courtesy Delray Beach Historical Society

The Delray Beach Historical Society will host its fifth annual Spring Harvest, a celebration of Delray’s agricultural heritage, on Wednesday, May 2.

The Spring Harvest merges past with present, boosting awareness about local farms and the restaurateurs who support local farmers and environmental sustainability.


This, the main fundraiser for the nonprofit historical society, has become one of Delray’s most popular “foodie” events.

Meet local farmers

The Farmer Showcase on the north lawn will feature local produce growers, dairies, microgreen farmers, beekeepers and a host of specialty farms, as well as greenspace advocates.

George Morikami on his Delray Beach farm, circa 1920s. The woman is unidentified. Mr. Morikami was one of the founders of the Yamato Colony, a group of young Japanese farmers who arrived in the Delray Beach area in the early 1900s.

Guests can mingle with the farmers and fill up their market bags.

During the evening, guests can learn about local history by touring the three new multimedia exhibits, which explore Delray’s history — from the first inhabitants through to the visual display of Delray as the “Last Frontier” and its transition to a beautiful seaside resort town.

Enjoy great fare

This year’s chef line-up includes William Ring with Harvest Seasonal Grill, Blair Wilson with Max’s Harvest, Joe Giannuzzi with Farmer’s Table, and Jamie Mattocks with Flamingo Seafood.

The focus of the Delray Beach Historical Society is to bring together families and several generations to share in fun-filled, contemporary-themed events that showcase the colorful stories of the city’s past.

Lots to see at DBHS

Three buildings constitute the society’s campus. Authentically furnished, and reflecting the South Florida lifestyle from 1915 to 1935, the Cason Cottage Museum is devoted to the preservation of Delray Beach history. It’s named after J.R. Cason Sr., the town’s first physician. Visitors see rotating exhibits of art, artifacts and records pertaining to the city’s past.

Delray Beach was, at one time, famous for its gladiolas.

The 1926 Florida Bungalow provides the museum with additional space for exhibits on local history.

The Hunt House is an original Florida farmhouse that was, in 2009, named the Ethel Sterling Williams Archive and History Learning Center. This building houses the city’s archives and is open for local research, school classes and exhibits.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit programs, exhibits, archiving and staffing at the Delray Beach Historical Society.

For more information about the historical society, visit www.delraybeachhistory.org.

What: Spring Harvest, a five-course food-and-wine pairing featuring the Farmer Showcase
When: Wednesday May 2, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 NE First St., Delray Beach
Cost: $200 per ticket; to buy, call 561-274-9578
Parking: across the street in the Old School Square Parking Garage
Premier event sponsor: The Colony Hotel