From November 1st to June 30th, the market held in Hamilton, Bermuda, is a little more than just a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables!
The City Market of Bermuda, also known locally as the Farmer’s Market, is closer to a bohemian street festival, where locals wear their casual Bermudian dresses. In fact, there is a city market that takes place every Saturday at the Bull’s Head car park on Canal Road between 8am and 12pm. This is the place to discover the taste, smell and colours of Bermuda!
It was primarily a farmer’s market when it was started in 2002 as a grass roots initiative to raise interest in local products. It is now a key element of the local scene, with farmers, artisans and gardeners selling everything you can think of. They range from local honey and banana bread to fresh Bermuda fish, fruits and vegetables and even lemongrass hand cream.
There are more than a hundred stalls at this outdoor market (which retreats to the ground floor of the indoor car park a few yards away when it rains), with every organic fruits and vegetables you can find in Bermuda. They include pawpaws, pumpkins, collards and jalapenos. But that’s not the only products on sale at the City Market Bermuda.
Everything you want to cook is found right here in the market, such as poultry, eggs, and fresh fish. This is as well as homemade goods like dips, patés and pestos, to jams, jellies and chutneys. That is not to mention the island’s wild fruits, honeys from the pollen of Bermuda’s wild flowers, and breads…
Those who are staying in self-catering accommodation or have a kitchenette in their hotel room can sample the best of Bermuda’s food freshly cooked. While you are visiting the City Market of Bermuda, treat yourself to freshly brewed coffee or a delicious hot chocolate. You can also mimic the locals and buy some sugar cane to chew.
The market has grown a great deal since it first opened, with just a few farmers’ stall. These days, though, there are numerous art and crafts products for sale. These have gained a quick popularity still growing, with scented candles, needlecrafts, handbags, greeting cards, Venetian glass jewellery, handcrafted soaps and many more.
It is literally an explosion of odours and colours, with plenty of products you can sample before buying. The City Market is one of Bermuda’s best spot for people-watching; because everyone comes in their best clothes. It is more than a market, it is a social outing. The market is the perfect event to start your week-end. You will be surprised to see how quickly it gets busy, even from 8am!
For visitors staying in a hotel or at a place where they can’t cook, it is still an amazing place to go to understand the relation Bermudians have with their local products, fresh or handmade. This is as well as the relations between the farmers and the buyers. The Bermuda City Market did well in promoting the local farming skills and the island’s agricultural tradition.
The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, reflecting the laid back attitude of Bermudians. It doesn’t make any concessions on the quality of the products sold in the market. You will without doubt find the best of the island’s vegetables, fruits, meat and fish. It is an opportunity you can’t miss when staying in Hamilton or around about. If you are not but are a fan of farmer’s markets, then it is worth getting up early and visit the Bull’s Head car park and the City Market of Bermuda!
City Market of Bermuda (Hamilton) – November 1st 2011 to June 30th 2012
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