Sunday 18 August, 2019

The Hamlin Stephenson Farmer's Market Is A Must-Do In Cayman

Delrose “Miss Dell” Irwin, a vendor at the Hamlin Stephenson Market

Delrose “Miss Dell” Irwin, a vendor at the Hamlin Stephenson Market

This weekend LOOP News Cayman visited the Hamlin Stephenson Market at the Cricket Grounds. The market is full of colors, scents and tastes and is a must see for exotic fruit enthusiasts and foodies alike. On location we found a variety of fruits and vegetables such as coconuts, ackees, mangoes, okras, avocados, guineps and plantains, all grown locally.

We met Delrose “Miss Dell” Irwin, a vendor at the market who sells some of the largest, juiciest mangoes we’ve seen. Miss Dell also sells pumpkin, bananas, plantains, mangoes, callalloo, fresh eggs, long beans, cucumber, hot peppers, sweet peppers, scallions, melons, tomatoes, ackees and breadfruits. She is on location 6 days a week and is extremely proud of the service that she has provided in Grand Cayman for the past 29 years.

We also met local artisans and chefs, selling delicious cooked food, jams, jellies, hot sauces, jewellery and natural cosmetics, among other goods and services.

Patronage of the farmer’s market is of strategic national importance. Consuming locally grown fruits and vegetables is not only delicious, but it is less-expensive and healthier than store bought imported produce. Supporting local farmers keeps money on our shores and helps to reduce Cayman Islands’ sizeable food import bill, with a cost of imported food that is estimated to be 79% higher than that of London (Expatistan). Reducing reliance on imported food is also good for the environment. According to worldwatch.org, “a typical meal using local ingredients results in four to 17 times less petroleum consumption in transport than the same meal bought from the conventional food chain.”

The Farmer’s Market is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 and on Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

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