Holders Farmers Market is an organic market held on the historic Holders House grounds every Sunday from 9am-2pm.
A shaded canopy of trees lines the driveway entrance
Holders House (owned by the Kidd family) is a 17th century plantation house which happens to be one of the oldest plantation houses on the island.
Holders House also hosts Holders Season, a musical and theatrical event which is staged in an open-air theatre style.
Holders is also the home of the first polo field in Barbados, and hosts many international tournaments annually.
The market is the brainchild of Jack Kidd, whose philosophy is to give back and you will always get back.
The Holders organic farmers market strives to host vendors who are truly interested in the environment and whose produce is pesticide free.
Here you can find both locals and visitors alike enjoying the atmosphere and chatting with each other, and purchasing whatever tickles their fancy.
Vendors offer for sale a wide variety of items such as arts and crafts, sculptures, paintings, soaps, plants, home made jellies, jams, chutneys, flavoured oils, local fruit wines, and of course local produce.
Locally made soaps and skin products
Lots of incense and Bugg Off sticks to choose from
BPA (Bisphenol A) used to make plastics is now declared a toxic substance
Flavoured oils and marinades
Locally made wines from every conceivable fruit on the island
Pottery and sculptures
Trinkets made from our local Mahogany tree wood
I didn't try the bangers, but I'm told they're GREAT!
Healthy cakes and pastries
All different kinds of honey
A large jar of honey filled with delicious honeycomb
Honeycomb on display..how intricate and amazing at the same time
My friends also had some produce for sale
What mangoes? They were gone in a flash!!!
Local fruit juices
Plants and more plants
Yes, there were massages available as well
Look who's really running the whole show
Reminds me of the black and white scotch whiskey dogs
You know I have griped before about our agricultural lands being sold off for housing projects. This has led to a high food import bill (about 90%) for the island.
The organizers of the farmers market are trying to create an awareness of organic foods in Barbados, and to this end they are doing a great job.
Can you guess what I came home with?
Yup, a bottle of local wine (Bayleaf) and a jar of All Purpose Marinade suitable for vegetarian meals......perfect for moi.
What a lovely day!