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Just moments from Fort Young Hotel lies one of Dominica’s most vibrant, alluring attractions: the Saturday farmer’s market in Roseau. In a Caribbean locale coined as the Nature Island, it should come as no surprise that the stalls are teeming with just-picked fruits and vegetables that are organic, colorful and beyond delicious. So if you wish to take a trip down the aisles, take advantage of these tips for the perfect day at the farmer’s market.
One of the greatest parts of the Saturday farmer’s market is that you’ll find everything you want, plus the products you didn’t even know you needed. If you can’t pronounce it, buy it. Reach for a bushel of genips, otherwise known as Spanish limes, locally-grown tonka beans and pawpaw, a juicy fruit similar to a mango. And, while meandering, treat yourself to a cup of Sorrel—a drink made from hibiscus leaves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Learn the History
Be sure to stop by the friendliest vendor you can find to discuss Roseau’s rich history. Surrounding Old Market Square are colorful, iconic buildings that comprise one of the most architecturally authentic capitals in the Caribbean. Complete with narrow alleys and cobblestone streets, Old Market Square was once—and still is—a thriving market where Dominica traded commodities with neighboring islands. Simply ask about it and your gregarious vendor will surely tell the story.
Don’t Expect Souvenirs
If you’re expecting to pick up a few souvenirs at the Roseau farmer’s market, be prepared for only the most authentically made knick knacks. In Dominica, we live by the laws of the earth. Tourism is a crucial part of the economy, but local Dominicans stand true to their craft of growing and creating what’s important to them: fresh fruits, vegetables, woven wares, painted tiles. So, when visiting the farmer’s market, fill your basket with the healthiest, garden-fresh produce and the most beautiful mementos to take home.