The second Market Place was held in Treasure Cay from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on March 7, the same day as the Treasure Cay Flea Market, but on the opposite side of the street in the lot next to Spinnaker. There were approximately twenty vendors offering a variety of different merchandise.
Produce, crafts and food offered at the Market Place were freshly squeezed, recently cooked, newly made or recently transplanted. There you could find live plants of many kinds. They shared space with freshly made, healthy smoothies of juice and vegetables, home-made jams and jellies and craft items such as ceramics, paintings and jewelry.
“Kirk’s da Best Conch Salad’s” owner, Kirk Lavarity, had a supply of conchs that he opened on demand for his tasty conch salad. The Horticultural Society of The Bahamas – Abaco Branch was represented with an array of plants with the President, Barbara Foreman in attendance; so was Pinewood Nursery with a colourful display of flowering ornamentals and herbs.
Representatives of the Bahamas National Trust had brochures and books and happily supplied information to prospective members. The market organizers, Kimberley Roberts and Danette Pinder, also had a stand. Mrs. Pinder offered sprouts, kale and freshly squeezed sour orange lemonade among other produce. Mrs. Roberts had several ceramic items that she had recently fired. She also had clay birds and ceramic paints for children to make their own creations; she would take the decorated items home and fire them for the kids.
Regulars of the Market Place, such as the founders of Abaco Delight, attracted people in search of local food condiments. At her stand, Mrs. Burrows and her partners offered tastes of guava, sapodilla and mango jams as well as jellies and hot sauce.
Others, such as Lauren Riviere, had bottled assortments of exotic juices. Nadeen Beneby, an avid gardener who shared space with Ms. Riviere, had brought many flowering bromeliads. Bromeliads could also be found at Lainie Snow’s stand, however, while Mrs. Beneby’s large plants were more for garden landscaping, most of Mrs. Snow’s were for home or patio decoration. A Bahamian market would not be complete without straw craft on display at Federika Rolle’s Stand.
Aerial photos of Treasure Cay were taken by Mr. Rees which were nice souvenirs for visitors to take home. For those looking for jewelry, a variety of necklaces could be found at Kristen’s Kreations and Alphalyra Creations and bracelets at Celia Rogers’ stand.
The Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina added their contribution with a pork and chicken barbecue. Nourish Bistro whose owner, Mrs. Florinda Thompson delivered an impressive numbers of fruits and vegetable smoothies.
Fresh and healthy produce was the theme of the day. On Abaco, health cannot be mentioned without the including Abaco Neem which also provided its organic products for sale.