In three and some years of posting, we have only given two stamps of approval so you know that when we do, it has to be good.
And the Holder’s House Farmer’s Market in Barbados is both good and good for you.
Established by Holder’s House scion, polo player and Jack Kidd of the famed British Kidd family, the market started in November with the aim of being “as organic as possible.”
Unlike other popular farmers’ markets, this one starts a bit later – from 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings and goes on until the early afternoon, so it’s ideal for passing through after church.
Right now, it’s on break, with both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays but we wandered through just before the break and it was lovely.
It was a bit light on the actual farmers though there were a few people selling fresh fruit and vegetables and one fish vendor selling very fresh mahi-mahi and tuna.
However, it was packed with people selling organic food products like kefir milk, ital food and jams and jellies (me and my sister each bought jars of a fantastic sorrel-ginger pepper jelly – both jars have been demolished).
There was also craft, art, jewellery, clothing and plants and flowers on sale.
The vibe was nice – truly easy like Sunday morning – with little kids running around and people strolling around with cups of coffee or tea in hand. There were also a lot of vendors that you wouldn’t ordinarily see selling specialty items you don’t ordinarily get which made for a very eclectic shopping list!
Mine was: copper earrings, sorrel-ginger pepper jelly, a little straw hat for the baby islandista, a customised patchwork couch cushion, two small art prints, profiteroles with chocolate sauce and pickled soya chunks.
And so we give it the islandista stamp of approval – and (not) coincidentally, like everything else that has gotten the stamp thus far, it’s free! So, if you’re in Barbados, pass through.