Camana Bay’s bustling Farmers & Artisans Market returned to the Paseo on 30 October.
The full Farmers & Artisans Market along the Camana Bay Paseo has returned and will remain through the peak harvest season next spring.
The return of the popular market, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, will allow 40 vendors to showcase and sell a mix of local produce, speciality food items, artwork and craft products. The market’s return on 30 October also corresponded with a new initiative that will see many of the shops of Camana Bay stay open later, until 7 p.m., on Wednesdays.
Artist Shilpa Tagalpallewar, who sells her acrylic paintings, hand-painted wooden plaques with motivational quotes and other handmade souvenirs, is grateful for the return of the market.
“As an artist, working at the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market since its opening allowed me to achieve my dreams and showcase my talents and skills through my art,” she said. “As an artist 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.”
Another artisan who returned to the market is Maria Leggatt of Island Girl Crafts. She started out making driftwood birthday calendars then added scented handmade compresses, before showing her support for the plastic-free movement in Cayman by making reusable beeswax food wraps and snack bags. Her latest handiwork turns recycled cigar boxes into island-themed treasure chests.
“I’m thrilled for the return of the Farmers & Artisans Market at Camana Bay,” she said. “There are not a lot of regular venues for local crafters to sell their product and Camana Bay has such a warm and friendly atmosphere, it encourages locals and visitors to come and see what’s going on in the market.”
In addition to the Farmers & Artisans Market and later shopping hours, Wednesday evenings also feature the Camana Bay Flavour Tour, a multi-restaurant dine-around presented by Camana Bay and the Market Street Group. The dishes served at each restaurant incorporate local ingredients bought fresh from that morning’s market. Also taking place on Wednesday evenings is KARoo’s Open Canvas event, where local artists paint live on the edge of the Paseo.
For more information on the Farmers & Artisans Market, visit camanabay.com/event.
This article originally appeared in the November 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Farmers & Artisans Market returns to The Paseo.”