The Farmer’s Market in Grand Bahama has been around for some time now. I’ve always seen large crowds there but I never really took the time to check it out… until now. Over the weekend I decided to check it out and it exceeded my expectations!
Situated in the Princess Park, right next to the International Bazaar, walking around this area brought back a sense of nostalgia. Anyone in my age bracket would remember Junkanoo on New Years Day around that very circle, how lively the International Bazaar would be during this holiday season with shoppers, and the Princess Hotel during Christmas with visitors trying to escape the cold weather from their hometowns. It felt great to see a crowd there again.
Walking into the farmer’s market was a bit overwhelming at first because I didn’t know where to start. With lots of booths selling a wide array of things, Bahamian music playing on the speakers, and the smell of smoke from the grill rearing to go I was just amazed at what I was seeing. Each booth was unique and different.
There were handmade jewelry, cosmetics made with natural ingredients, hand-poured soy candles, straw vendors with purses and hats, natural honey bottled up with the honey coming from bees in Exuma, fruits and vegetable pots for sale, canvas paintings, just to name a few. The booths that stood out to me were Scents to Remember, Naturally Rihanna’s, and Art by Jaden.
I first stopped at Naturally Rihanna’s booth as her cosmetics caught my attention. They were gorgeous to look at so I asked her about her products. She was able to explain all her items to me in detail. This shows that she’s really is passionate about her product and her business. I asked her how old she was and she said she is 15 years old and a high school student. I told her to keep up the good work and stay consistent with her brand.
Scents to Remember
As I was walking away from Rihanna’s booth this wonderful scent caught my attention. It was as if someone had made peppermint hot chocolate right there in front of me. That led me to Scents to Remember. I picked up the first candle which was in fact named Peppermint Mocha and I could not stop smelling it. When I picked up the Pumpkin Spice Candle I almost drank it how good it was. The owner laughed at my reaction and even caught me on video describing how I felt while smelling the candles. Feliz Navidad and Island Escape were also two of my favorites! I absolutely did not want to leave here as it made me feel the holiday season more than ever. They truly are scents to remember!
Art by Jaden
The last booth that really stood out for me was one where a young woman was holding up this beautiful painting of planet earth. It caught my eyes immediately! I am a lover of all things astrology and art so this booth really took me to my happy place. Planets, stars, wildlife all on canvas big and small beautiful painted by the owner of this booth. Her name was Jaden and her sister Ashley was there assisting her. The energy from these two was amazing! We talked for a while about the different types of painting she does, where she is located and the youtube channel Ashley has starring both of them.
Gifted Hands Nursery
Lastly, I couldn’t go to a Farmer’s market without stopping by a booth that sells fruits and veggies. I stumbled upon Gifted Hands Nursery where the owner Clint Wilson was tending to his plants. He explained the different fruits for sale, what strawberry guava is and which vegetables are the best natural remedies. It was nice to connect with all of the people at the Farmer’s market.
Overall my trip to the Farmers Market was a success. I got to meet such talented entrepreneurs, passionate about their crafts. I appreciate this initiative because it’s promoting the purchase of homegrown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also encouraging entrepreneurs to use the platform to their advantage for their business.
If you haven’t visited it yet they have the Farmers Market once a month at the Park at Princess. You can follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centralgrandbahama for more updates. Also thank you to all the vendors that I had the pleasure of meeting that day! I’ll tag their pages below.