The availability of locally grown produce on the Island has increased exponentially, although the vast majority of our food is still imported to meet the needs of Cayman’s growing population. But with local agribusiness expanding, we are seeing a remarkable variety of locally grown produce... from the exotic dragon fruit to homegrown butternut squash!
A wide variety of fresh produce can be bought at the Market at the Cricket Grounds next to the cricket pitch in George Town (Monday-Fridays from 8.30am and Saturdays from 6.30am) and from the Local Harvest Market at Camana Bay on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm. The grocery stores also stock a selection of local produce. There are a number of stalls dotted around the Island that sell fresh local produce as well.
Tony sells Willies’ local farm produce from a white van on Airport Road (in front of the Mango Tree restaurant) every Saturday morning and Josh Clark sells fruit, vegetables, eggs and honey produced at his farm (The Farmacy). Find him just south of the North Side gas station on Frank Sound Road or he can deliver his farm fresh veg boxes right to your door for CI$35. To sign up, call (345) 928 0262 or email email@example.com.
Bluff Farms in Cayman Brac focuses on heritage goat breeds that are raised outdoors on top of the Bluff. Their meat is available to purchase at the farm in Cayman Brac and at their farm shop at Cannon Place, Grand Cayman. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 926 3665. For more information on locally produced goods click here.
Grow Your Own Produce
Following the success of the green iguana cull, gardens Island-wide are flourishing as they are no longer losing flowers and foliage to these pests. There is a whole range of fruit and vegetables you can grow including tomatoes, leafy greens, herbs, eggplants, melons, bananas, mangoes and much more.
The ideal growing season is November–April when it’s cooler and drier, however, you will need to water the plants regularly and look out for pests. You can pick up seeds or baby plants from any of the local nurseries, plus soil, organic pesticides and gardening tools. See here for a list of garden centres.
Sea Sense Program
Although fresh, locally caught fish can always be bought from the fishermen on the George Town waterfront next to Cayman Cabana, few people realise that their choices have a direct impact on the vital health of our marine environment.
By making sustainable choices you are helping to preserve the diversity of the marine life that lives and breeds in our waters for future generations, and for Cayman’s valuable tourism and dive industry.
The Cayman Sea Sense Programme was set up to help consumers make responsible seafood choices when eating out at restaurants. The project also helps restaurants reduce the number of non-sustainable seafood items on their menus. Look for the certified Cayman Sea Sense icon on menus for help in choosing sustainable seafood options.
For a full list of participating restaurants and information on responsible seafood choices, go to the National Trust’s Sea Sense page.
Some good choices include locally caught lionfish, yellow tail snapper and mahi mahi and also locally farmed tilapia.
Please avoid buying or eating local grouper at all cost.
Green-living residents will find a wide selection of eco-friendly cleaning and beauty products and locally grown produce in all of Cayman's major supermarkets. The farmers markets also have a wide selection of straight-from-the-ground fruits and vegetables. Beer lovers should support local company Caybrew. They recycle all their glass bottles and donate some of the proceeds of their sales to marine conservation in Cayman.
When grocery shopping make sure to buy the products with the least packaging, choose glass or other alternatives to plastic, and take canvas bags instead of paying 5¢ for a plastic bag. Alternatively, shop at Hurley’s where they have ditched single-use plastic bags altogether after discovering they were distributing 800,000 a year. They now offer reusable, recyclable and biodegradable paper bags in their place.
Most of the supermarkets sell organic food and some, like Kirk Market and Foster’s sell a wide selection of both locally grown and imported organic produce, as well as organic meats, frozen food, gluten-free and luxury food. On the drink-front, Flowers Bottled Water produces delicious filtered chlorine-free water that they sell in large 5-gallon bottles which you can buy in most petrol stations or have delivered directly to your home or office. You can further reduce your plastic pollution by installing a Koola bottle-less water cooler. It acts like a mini water purification plant, connecting to your building’s water supply and filtering out chlorine, lead, phosphates and bacteria.
For those who like to drink beer, the Cayman Islands Brewery produces an array of locally brewed beers. They recycle 300,000 of their glass bottles per year, and also recycle spent grains, yeast and water. They encourage individuals and bars to return empties for a CI$2 refund per case. White Tip Lager is a joint venture with the Department of Environment and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation with a portion of the profits being donated to shark conservation work in Cayman’s waters. Another local brewery, 1981 Brewing Co., produces three quality craft beers as well as other limited edition beers produced in collaboration with local farmers. For more information see the Local and Specialty Beer click here.