Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Michael Foulkes and Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture and Member of Parliament for the Seabreeze Constituency the Hon. Lanisha Rolle joined BAIC General Manager Benjamin Rahming and other representatives, stakeholders and residents at the Pop-Up Farmer’s Market held on December 1, 2018, at the Edward Charles Carter Park. Along with various Bahamian-grown produce, condiments, and honey available for purchase, there was also free health screening offered by Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, and face painting and activities for the children. Mr. Foulkes said that such markets allow for Bahamians to purchase locally-produced food items from the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Minister Rolle applauded the event and its encouragement of healthy eating habits; she also agreed with Mr. Foulkes on how the appreciation of local natural foods helps to preserve the vitality of Bahamian cultural expression. Both Minister Rolle and Mr. Foulkes encouraged the creation of backyard farms for economic self-sufficiency while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Minister Rolle and Mr. Foulkes are pictured chatting with the vendors and customers.