The popular Farmers & Artisans Market makes it return to Camana Bay on Wednesday, October 30, just in time for the peak harvest season.
The market will be held every Wednesday, from 10 am. to 7 p.m., and will feature some 40 vendors selling a mixture of locally grown produce, specialty food items, and artisanal and craft products.
You can expect to see familiar farmers and artisans as well as new faces offering items such as handmade soaps and lotions, handcrafted artwork and souvenirs, fresh and colourful crops including mangos, breadfruit, callaloo, ackee, and more at stalls lining the Paseo. With a range of items, there is something for everyone to discover at the Farmers & Artisans Market.
Made in Cayman
Artist Shilpa Tagalpallewar, who has long been a fixture at Camana Bay’s markets, is grateful for the return of the market during the upcoming holiday season.
“As an artist, working at the Camana Bay Artisans Market since its opening allows me to achieve my dreams and showcase my talents and skills through my art,” Shilpa said. “As an artist [who has worked] in the Cayman Islands for 11 years doing henna tattoos and scenery paintings, the market affords me the opportunity to evolve my [skills] to handicrafts and jewellery.”
Shilpa said she will be coming back with her same spirit and enthusiasm, showcasing her acrylic paintings, hand-painted wooden plaques laced with motivational quotes and many more handmade souvenirs.
“I know many of us artists are extremely excited for the revival of the market and look forward to the many upcoming opportunities to showcase our local art,” she said.
Another artisan who will be returning to the market is Maria Leggatt of Island Girl Crafts, whose craft obsession started back in 2017 after a friend suggested getting a booth at a local Christmas craft fair. She started out making driftwood birthday calendars then added handmade compresses scented with calming scents before showing her support for the plastic-free movement in Cayman by making reusable beeswax food wraps and snack bags. Her latest handiwork consists of recycling cigar boxes and turning them into island-themed treasure chests.
“I’m thrilled for the return of the Farmers & Artisans Market at Camana Bay; there are not a lot of regular venues for local crafters to sell their product,” Maria said. “Camana Bay has such a warm and friendly atmosphere which encourages locals and visitors to come and see what’s going on in the market.”
A family friendly atmosphere
Camana Bay offers a lively, family friendly atmosphere and the relaunch of the Farmers & Artisans Market serves to enhance the visitor experience.
“This ritual event brings hundreds of people to the town every week as visitors pick up special keepsakes to remind them of their island trip,” a Camana Bay spokesperson said. “Residents have the added benefit of collecting fresh produce to make a healthy meal at home. Visitors and locals alike can also take the opportunity to stock up on Cayman treasures and support local artisans.
“The Wednesday late-night shopping at Camana Bay’s shops will also make it easy for patrons to peruse the market, enjoy some evening shopping and then stop for dinner or a movie with the family.”
For more information on the Farmers & Artisans Market, visit camanabay.com/event.