The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held its monthly Da Market event at the office location on Dec.14 with five tasty submissions entered into the Cookie Competition.
Judges Deborah Basden, Georgia Cornish and Canishka Alexander were asked to sample each cookie and rate them from one to five, with one being the tastiest cookie. A cucumber-flavoured drink was provided to the judges by Lauren Riviere of Abaco Delightz along with other exciting flavours.
David Knowles of BNT announced the top five Cookie Competition winners as Kathleen Ralph; Michael and Jennifer Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farm, Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs; Lauren Riviere; and Cleopatra Burrows of PH & B’s Delights Co., Inc.
The winners collected prizes of coffee mugs, bags, water bottles and T-shirts with BNT’a logo printed on them.
While David Knowles of BNT announced that the next big BNT event is Art for the Parks, BNT staff members want to meet with the vendors before the next Da Market is held to find ways to improve it. Although popular among visiting boaters, Knowles would like to see more local support for Da Market.
He commended the loyal participants who were present that day including Lovely Reckley, Shanishka Bain-Cambridge, Edgburt Tinker and Lennie Etienne and invited them to continue to be a part of the event. Moving forward, Knowles envisioned attracting locals to promote more of their unique products.
“The idea is to create unique things, and have a venue to showcase those items,” he said.
Indeed, Da Market provides a venue for farmers, artists and entrepreneurs to sell locally produced items at reasonable prices. Products include fresh vegetables, jams and jellies, vegan food, fresh bread and baked goods, crafts and jewelry, and natural, fruit flavoured drinks.
As an extension of Da Market, Sturrup-Roberts will be hosting quilting classes at her home for interested persons.