The last Island Market Place of the season was held on April 2.
Ten colourful tents, recently purchased by the organizers of the event, sheltered the vendors who offered their goods to the crowd of visitors.
Danette Pinder, one of the organizers, offered a few potted plants, basil and hot peppers, which went very quickly. Her partner, Kim Roberts, had a few dozen local, fresh eggs which were sold immediately.
Pinder explained that a fresh produce merchant had reserved a spot but cancelled at the last moment.
None-the-less, fresh juices, sauces, jams, cookies and cooked food were available as well as a large selection of artifacts.
From straw bags, gifts items and coconut candies at Frederica Rolle’s table to sewn items by Wanda Bethel. Kim Roberts offered hand decorated ceramics and lamp- glass jewelry. Collages on wood were found at Francoise Hedden’s Petite Fleur. Lisa Higgs brought the fashion with her dresses while costume jewelry by Julie Sawyer could complete the set. Soaps and home-made beauty products were at Essence of Beauty. For the foodies, there was pepper jelly and hot sauce at Fruity Freddy’s display and cookies and cakes baked by Elise Roberts.
Enjoying the fair weather and the cordiality of the merchants, browsers and buyers went from tent to tent enquiring about the merchandise and chatting with the vendors.
The market usually stays open form 9am to 2pm; but on April 2 the vendors had the opportunity to move to Coco Bar where a Bahamian Heritage exposition was taking place.
The Treasure Cay Island Market will return in the fall, most likely on the first Saturday of the month.
Pinder and Roberts are actively exchanging ideas to keep the market interesting to vendors and buyers. Their purchasing the differently colored tents was one of the first steps in that direction.
They also would like to attract a group of vendors with diversified merchandise, especially more food items (as long as it does not compete with the food offered by the resort) and more fresh produce.