For those who’re driving through A1 between Ocho Rios and the south aspect of the island, you could possibly take a fast detour and go by way of the city of Linstead, within the parish of Saint Catherine, Jamaica, which was made well-known by its bustling contemporary produce market and popularized within the Jamaican people tune, Linstead Market.
Jamaica’s most well-known and largest produce market is Coronation Market in downtown Kingston. However Linstead developed as a market again within the 19th Century when espresso and pimento wholesalers carried out enterprise right here. Farmers from the encompassing rural communities would come to this central spot to promote their produce. It was as soon as one of the fashionable markets in the entire island and the city of Linstead grew up round it.
This space could be very rural and the farmers’ hardships gave delivery to the folks tune Linstead Market. “Carry mi ackee go a Linstead Market, not a quattie wut promote, lawd wat an evening, not a chunk, wat a Satiday night time.” As we speak we sing it in an up-tempo method with out actually understanding that this was a tragic lament by a mom who could not promote sufficient on the market to feed her kids. This market girl made no cash as a result of not even a quattie’s price of her produce had bought (a quattie was the British penny ha’penny, a small copper coin of very small worth) and she or he was going residence empty-handed after promoting all Saturday night time. This Jamaican people tune could be within the class of the up-tempo Dinki that are designed to cheer somebody up and make the perfect of a foul scenario (reminiscent of following a demise).
Whereas Linstead Market has declined in significance as a result of many Jamaican cities and villages have their very own markets at this time, it nonetheless has a popularity as the most effective spots to get contemporary farm produce. Yow will discover distributors hawking each sort of produce that grows in Jamaica, however these days there’s all kinds of different objects like herbs, spices, clothes, footwear, cleaning soap, and so forth.
So, go ‘a market in Linstead and, whilst you’re there, take a look at the city’s pretty church buildings. Most have been ravaged over time by a number of hurricanes and an earthquake however have been repaired or rebuilt. The unique Anglican Church was constructed within the 1600s. The Jericho Baptist Church dates from 1835.