Bordeaux farmers' market
We're coming to Water Island at the end of January and we're interested in doing some of our grocery shopping at the Bordeaux farmers' market. What's the best way to get there (4 people) from the Crown Bay ferry dock? Any other tips or thoughts about the market? Thanks!
Rent a car for the day. It'll be cheaper than hiring a private taxi for 4 persons, having him wait while you shop and returning you to Crown Bay. Then you can do other shopping or things in STT that day as well.
"The remote, rural west end of St. Thomas is home to a sizable Rastafarian community, many of whom are excellent organic farmers. The second and last Sundays of every month they put on a farmers market which features tons of organically-grown produce, snacks and locally-prepared foods, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural demonstrations, and sometimes live music. For visitors to the island, the market is a fun "local" cultural experience. To get there, take route 30 (Brewers Bay Road, which becomes Fortuna Road) past UVI, past the Reichhold Center, then a couple more miles all the way up the hill to Bordeaux. It's about a half-mile past the fire/rescue station on the right."
Yeah, Alana33 is right, In this area private taxi rents are higher than the rent a car for the day.
January is high season so you may not be able to pre-book a car for one day but check out Budget and Avis when you arrive to see what they have available on the day you need it. Taxi fare from town to Bordeaux is $9 per person each way not including tip.
And not including waiting time while you shop.
Renting a car in January isn't as bad as during Valentine's and President' s Week in February but if you can reserve ahead of time, that would be best. There are a slew of car rental agencies on STT so you can call around.
Thanks for the helpful feedback. I had been hoping to avoid renting a car because I'm nervous about driving on the left, but it looks like we may have to suck it up if we want to go to Bordeaux!
Now the question is, is the market worth it? I like to support local farmers when possible, but does the selection at the market justify the expense to get there?
You could check to see if there's a bus schedule for Boudreaux.
I know VITRAN runs out to the west end but don't know how frequently or if they do so on Sunday, or where they drop off and pick up. If so, it's worth it.
VITRAN Bus Terminal at 340-774-5678.
VITRAN does not run on weekends. In the past you could take the safari to the last stop at UVI and hitch hike to the fair since most people have to go that route and realize that people without transportation want to go.
I go alone so it's easy for me to get rides to and from. Not sure about a group.
Is it worth it? It all depends on what you're looking for. I go for the cooked vegetarian food mostly. You can get the same produce at Market Square in town on Saturdays and some at Fruit Bowl in Wheatley Center. There is also a market at Yacht Haven Grande twice a month, but few Rastas farmers participate.
I go for the local atmosphere and green tomatoes for frying if they have them.
The Bordeaux Market was not open today (2nd Sunday of January).
However, there will be a large Vegan Festival there next weekend (January 17 & 18).