Good morning, everyone!
As I look around today, I can’t help but be so immensely proud of the progress we are making.
Some people may just see a farmer’s market, but I see a more sustainable and food-secure Bahamas. I see a promising new platform for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. And I see a resurgence of the agricultural practices, like backyard gardening, which have sustained our people for so long.
I see a new site of community, cross-pollination, of commerce. And I already feel a rippling effect, like a gentle, yet cresting wave, on the vitality of our people, as healthy, seasonal produce becomes more accessible to those who need it most.
Today, I see so much opportunity. And I commend BABCO, BAIC, and my good friend Zane, the MP for Yamacraw, for organising what will surely be a welcome addition to the sociocultural ecosystem of Eastern Nassau.
This farmer’s market, which will return to these very grounds on a bi-weekly basis, is part of our wider efforts to shore up local food production and usher in an agricultural renaissance.
This is not easy work, but it is important, urgent work.
We are keen to realise the full potential of this industry, and we want Bahamians to benefit at all levels. Today’s launch is just one of the many steps we are taking, boldly and without reservation, to achieve those two goals.
And I’m happy to report that more is on the way, my friends. Just wait and see.
In the meantime, I invite you all to exercise your green thumbs and, if gardening is not your strong suit, I hope you will come out regularly to support the extraordinary vendors who are making this market possible.