The George Town farmers market has been open only seven months, but already it is making a mark in the community for the fresh produce it offers.
The market is on Huldah Avenue, beside the Cricket Grounds by the airport, on the site of a farmers market that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
“We know that some days are busier than others, but the market is doing good and holding its own,” said Hamlin Stephenson, one of the vendors spearheading the initiative. “We still have room for expansion and more vendors.”
The market is open six days a week, with Fridays and Saturdays being the busiest days for farmers, Mr. Stephenson said. Sometimes as many as 32 vendors are on the premises, offering their produce, crafts, baked goods and more.
“The fresh produce is reaped and sold often on the same day by farmers,” Mr. Stephenson noted.
For people looking for a change from their morning coffee routine, vendors like Zippy Farms offer enticing alternatives, such as a powerful morning blend of oats, bananas, mangoes and berries. At lunchtime, you can choose from many vegetable and fruit blends, such as avocado, papaya, carrot, callaloo and okra.
At Zippy Farms’s bright-orange juice truck, parked at the side of the market, customers are served blended drinks made for those who are health conscious, or anyone who enjoys a refreshing beverage.
“I love how the smoothie tastes, not really for its health benefits,” said Kenisha Ebanks, who was buying one for the first time.
Right now there are lot of mangoes at the market, but it has not been a good year for avocados, according to Mr. Stephenson. He said they hope to have some come into the market within the next two weeks.
Throughout the work week, he said, things slow down at this time of year, but he was expecting business to pick up for the weekend.
“It’s slow time and children and teachers are all taking vacations, but vendors are still doing business,” he said.