The Market at the Grounds in Lower Valley on a Saturday morning has created something that is quite special, a place where farmers sell the crops they grow and the public gets a chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce and meet with the people who grow it.
Since it started in 2007 the Market has been a huge success and it’s not hard to see why; apart from the fact local produce tastes way better, if you want to commit to a greener lifestyle, being able to buy produce that is grown locally in a sustainable way, is better than buying food that has a huge carbon footprint after travelling thousands of miles and taking days to get here.
In contrast, the food that can be bought at the Market is at its peak of freshness, much of it is natural or organic and therefore it retains the health giving benefits of vitamins and minerals. Indeed the Market at the grounds reflects what has become a growing demand worldwide for local produce both from top chefs and consumers.
The initial idea behind the market was a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society. The plan for setting up Market at the Grounds was to give farmers support and an arena to sell their produce.
As people on Island realised that they could buy food that was fresh and wholesome, the market has became increasingly popular and continues to expand its range.
You can buy vegetables and fruit in season ranging from crops like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, coconuts and mangoes, to basil, romaine, lettuce and salad greens, garlic and red onions. There is a choice of fresh caught fish, goat meat and savoury specialty sausages. You can also buy herbs, breads and baked goods and locally made pepper jellies, all uniquely Caymanian .
In addition to the food products, the market also features a range of unique local craft items from Cayamanite jewelry to traditional straw work, perfect for gifts or souvenirs.
For anyone who cares about what they eat, about the health giving properties of food and supporting local businesses, the Market on the Grounds is the place to go.