PORT ANTONIO — Some 11,000 residents of St. Mary braved inclement weather to support the parish's most recent farmers' market held on May 25 at the Trinity Boxing plant in Port Maria.
Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Marketing Officer for St. Mary, Alfred Dunkley, told JIS News that while the persistent rainfall kept some consumers away and prevented more farmers from participating, the day went well.
He informed that approximately 9,000 pounds of produce were sold during the day, with 17 farmers from St. Mary and St. Ann participating.
Except for a small amount of carrot and tomatoes, all the produce brought to the market were sold, he said.
Mr. Dunkley thanked the farmers and the patrons for their support despite the challenges posed by the weather.
He noted that the concept of the farmers’ market has been well received by the people of St. Mary, adding that its regular staging is an event they look forward to with great anticipation.
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter