Those who travel Bermuda’s roadways are sure to spot numerous small gardens along the way. Get your hands on the treasure trove of flavourful ingredients they produce by shopping at the following markets. The delightful flavours of fresh foods and homemade goods will help you make the most of your island trip.
An island institution since 1862, Food & Wine called Miles Market "Bermuda's answer to the American epicurean chain Dean & DeLuca." It’s the perfect place to prep for a picnic, offering shelves stocked with high-quality items from abroad, an in-house butcher, a bakery, cheeses, wines by the bottle and a take-out counter.
Location: Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton
Hours: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Monday to Saturday; Noon – 5 pm, Sunday
With locations in Devonshire and Warwick parishes, Lindo’s is Bermuda’s go-to market, thanks to a connoisseur’s selection of (often organic) produce, freshly caught seafood and impeccably curated local goods. And if you’re on the hunt for a bottle of wine, they have a wide variety to choose from.
Location: 128 Middle Road, Warwick and 4 Watlington Road, Devonshire
Hours: 8 am – 7 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8 am – 8 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Closed Sunday
Check out the first step of Bermuda’s farm-to-table scene. This 30-acre, family-owned farm in Southampton is where many of the island’s restaurants source their local ingredients. In addition to a wide array of fresh produce, Wadson’s Farm raises sheep, pigs, chickens and other poultry on 10 acres of pasture without chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. You can pick up all the essentials at the farm’s on-site shop. Tours of Wadson’s Farm are also available by appointment, taking you behind the scenes.
Location: 10 Lukes Pond Road, Southampton
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday – Friday; 9 am – 1 pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday and Monday
This 30-acre, family-owned farm in Southampton is where many of the island’s restaurants source their local ingredients. Tours are also available by appointment, taking you behind the scenes.
A regular stop for locals running their Saturday errands, vendors from across the island gather under cover in the Botanical Gardens’ JJ Outerbridge Building to sell homegrown or homemade produce. Wild fruit preserves, baked goods, honey, colourful, local produce, handcrafted soaps, candles and freshly brewed coffee are all part of the experience that runs from November to June.
Location: The Botanical Gardens, Paget
Hours: 8 am – 12 pm, Saturday (November to June)
From his goat farm kitchen on Hungry Bay, James Tucker makes cheese with his own hands – a fresh creamy chevre-style, Hay Jude, a surface ripened pyramid of cheese, Deja Blu, a Roquefort-like blue cheese and raw milk Kid Cabra.
A true labour of love, the former architect started researching the craft when he first introduced goats to his home in the late 90s. Charting his progress, he waxes poetic on his cheesemaking journey: “I had one final cheese left in the ripening fridge – the last DaLilha,” a blog post opens. “A homely, pock-marked thing; its rind’s surface scarred with misshapen crevices, laced deep with anonymous blue/black molds.”
The cheeses are also available at supermarkets island-wide.
Location: 9 Lagoon Drive, Paget
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Saturday
Peppery microgreens, baby lettuce greens and herbs, including a bright, green Genovese basil are grown by former photographer Scott Tucker in a hydroponics system in this industrial Southampton neighbourhood.
However, he is best known for his mushrooms – shitake and oyster – and a culinary-forward range of hummuses and dressings inspired by his travels around the world.
Pick them up directly from his headquarters in Wellbottom or from the “Mini Market” at Down to Earth on Reid Street every Wednesday.
Location: Bermy Fresh Farm Market, 15 Wellbottom, Southampton
Hours: 2 pm – 6 pm, Friday; 9 am – 3 pm, Saturday
Windy Bank Farm
Julie Grayston-Smith and her champion sailor husband, Malcolm Smith, run a vegetable and produce shop out of their East End farm. Bermuda pumpkin, kale, turnip, beets, broccoli, red-skinned potatoes, bitter melon and watermelon are just some of the things you can find on the counter as well as regular bunches from their banana patch and jumbo eggs from their own chickens.
But the store was really conceived to showcase Julie’s celebrated fare: salsas, sauces, pestos, dips and baked goods, including a soft, savoury, chorizo (Portuguese sausage) bread.
On Saturdays, find these alongside local products, such as peanut butter, rubs, preserves, honey and soaps.
Location: 3 Windy Bank, Middle Road, Smith’s
Hours: Friday 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday 6:30 am -12:30pm; Closed Sunday
Wild Island Farms
Meet Cassie the Dinki Donkey, Boris the Goat and Luna the pig Wild Island, an organic market and petting farm, run by Ms. Kris and Farmer Jon. Also home to bunnies, ducklings and chickens, visit the market shop for free range, “happy pastured” eggs laid in every colour.
The beekeepers also host a kids’ Root Camp that immerses children in the world of organic farming.
Avocado Lane, Jews Bay, Southampton
Hours: By appointment only.