Market at the Grounds, Grand Cayman’s new farmer’s market, kicks off Saturday, and organisers are promising customers a shopping experience unlike anything else on the Island.
Beginning 7am at Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion, Lower Valley, Market at the Grounds will sell only local grown produce, Cayman-made products, cooked foods, baking, fresh fish, arts and crafts
But according to James Sherieff, president of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, if there is anything market-goers should be looking forward to, it is great taste.
‘It’s fresh local produce that doesn’t use any of these pesticides like they use in the US,’ he said. ‘100 per cent, our advantage is the taste.’
Mr. Sherieff expects the new weekly market to be a boon for local farmers.
‘It will give the farmers and the consumers a chance to meet each other. It will give the farmer a lot of satisfaction to know he has sowed the crop, reaped the crop and then taken it to market with pride.’
Vendor and market committee member James Galbraith says the market will be open to all types of vendors – from the full time gardener to the backyard gardener. ‘We’d like to see everyone participate,’ he explained.
He is hoping the weekly market will be more like a social day-out than a shopping trip
‘I’m hoping that it is a great family fun day. I also hope it is a very cultural day. I hope it helps raise people’s interest in growing produce and agriculture.’
Mr. Galbraith predicts there will be plenty of bargains on offer and a chance for people to save on their grocery bill.
‘But beyond that, for taste and nutrition, the produce you will get at this market will leave the North American stuff for dead,’ he added.
The market is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture, the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society and local vendors.
To help protect the environment, organisers are asking consumers to bring their own bags.
According to a market press release, bus operators will make a stop at the market if asked.
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor is encouraged to call Gina Bodden at the Department of Agriculture on 947-3090.