The new Farmer’s Market at Capella Marigot Bay’s Marina Village is one of my new favorite events! Indulging in fresh local produce is something of a hobby of mine and I love to take full advantage of the delicious fruits and vegetables native to this stunning tropical climate. If you have yet to try a fresh St. Lucian mango or drink fresh St. Lucian coconut water directly from its source, I must insist you rectify this matter as soon as possible!
In addition to produce from local St. Lucian farmers, the Farmer’s Market features local spices, St. Lucian pastries and preserve, and fresh island smoothies. Trust me when I say, sipping on a delicious and healthy banana mango smoothie while walking the Marina’s Boardwalk is nothing short of incredible.
Local spices are one of my favorite ways to enjoy the taste of the Caribbean at home. One bite and you will be instantly transported back to palm trees swaying in warm Caribbean breezes. Plus, it is a great way to expand your cooking repertoire to include new flavors.
Local artists also bring arts and crafts, artisan jewelry and other items that embody the spirit of St. Lucia and the Caribbean to the Farmer’s Market each week. I love purchasing gifts for my loved ones (and for myself!). They quickly become priceless mementos, rich in memories.
The Farmer’s Market at Capella Marigot Bay’s Marina Village takes place every Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm and is curated by Executive Chef Billy Boyle and his team. It brings the best of local St. Lucian goodness and fits nicely into my resolutions for the new year of eating fresh and experiencing local cultures! I hope you will have the opportunity to experience it yourself, but in the meantime, I leave you with a delicious Caribbean smoothie recipe that happens to be my personal favorite.
You will need:
Approximately 3 medium bananas
1/4 cup coconut milk (sweetened or unsweetened depending on preference)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice cubes
I recommend chilling the bananas and mangos for about an hour. Once chilled, be sure to peel and slice them. Add them to the blender along with the coconut milk and honey. Blend until smooth. While the blender is still running, add the ice cubes one by one and continue blending until smooth. Serve and enjoy! Imagine yourself strolling along the Marina boardwalk watching the boats go by.