By Karin Gaudin | April 7th 2020
Jamaica Farm to Table Advantage
Jamaica’s immaculate white beaches and blue waters are captivating – but there’s much more to this island. Take a step in from the coast and you will discover just how green Jamaica is and why farming is such a booming industry there.
There is a food movement in Jamaica—the reinvention of the home cooked meal and the growth of sustainable and ethical farming. In a country filled with tourism and poor replacements of foreign cuisine, this new movement brings food back to basics and celebrates the island’s natural bounty.
Jamaica’s reinvention of the home cooked meal is a long-awaited experience as tourism on the island shifts from standard resort buffets to down-to-earth dining between local islanders.
90% of Sandals Resorts' produce needs in Jamaica is harvested and purchased from local farmers. That amounts to over 5.4million pounds of produce bought from local farmers every year. The country’s rich and diverse soil means that practically every fruit and vegetable can grow here. It’s a blessing Sandals Resorts is thankful for – as the variety in produce means they can serve cuisine from the all around the world (part of the Global Gourmet offering at every Sandals resort).
Since the 1980’s, the produce used in Sandals’ Jamaican kitchens comes largely from neighboring farms. Everything from the herbs and spices, the beets and bok choy, and Swiss Chard (Don’t let its name fool you!) is grown there.
As well as the incredible diversity it provides, farm-to-table food sourcing ensures that the produce used throughout the resorts is of the highest quality. The short transit means it retains the best flavor and is as fresh as can be. So, rest assured the delicious fruits you’ll find at breakfast - mandarin orange, watermelon, starfruit and honey bananas, haven’t traveled far. By using farm-to-table fruits and vegetables, Sandals Resorts is also supporting the local economy, and is encouraging the growth of small farmers, who are passionate about quality and looking after their land. Sandals resorts pay tribute to their local farmers by displaying their names on every menu.
When you stay at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica make sure you try its native vegetables to experience the authentic flavors you just won’t find anywhere else. Breadfruit, plantain, and jackfruit are incorporated into the menus as well as the Scotch Bonnet Pepper – used to add that famous Jamaican kick! Even the chocolate, used to make the desserts and pastries served throughout the day in Café de Paris is created using 100% Jamaican cocoa.