Let’s get fresh

It’s time for all cooks in the Cayman Islands to get fresh…at Market at the Grounds, that is.

Former Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts had it right when, under his administration, the Market at the Grounds became a reality in Lower Valley.

If you haven’t been, you need to set your alarm clock any Saturday morning and make the trek to the grounds of the Agriculture Department.

There is signage on the road to let you know where to turn onto Agricola Drive.

Once parked, you’ll find yourself surrounded by all things natural and good for you.

And if you’re not sure about what to buy, just ask.

All of the vendors are friendly and willing to answer questions and offer advice.

As you can read in our front page article in today’s Observer on Sunday it’s easy to craft a meal from the farmers and vendors at Market on the Grounds.

And in most cases, it’s cheaper than what you can find in our many supermarkets. Besides that, it’s guaranteed fresh.

Eating locally is also good for the environment. We just celebrated another Earth Day this past week and our environment is uppermost on many minds right now.

Farmers who sell direct to local consumers need not give priority to packing, shipping and shelf-life issues and can instead select, grow and harvest crops to ensure peak qualities of freshness, nutrition and taste. Eating local also means eating seasonal; a practice much in tune with Mother Nature.

Too, local food is safer. Small farms are less aggressive than large factory farms when it comes to using harsh chemicals.

Fresh, local food is also healthy. Research shows that many essential nutrients in fresh produce may protect you from cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. They also give you more energy, help reduce weight gain and could help reduce the effects of aging.

Besides getting fresh, local food at Market on the Grounds, you’ll also get a sense of feel good.

There are no negative vibes to be found at Market on the Grounds. Everyone is usually in a good mood and it’s easy to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Some of the vendors at Market on the Grounds will even invite you out to their farms to find other fresh, local ingredients not on offer at the farmer’s market.

Go discover this sweet gem on Grand Cayman.