Junc­tion, the soul of St El­iz­a­beth

Jamaica Gleaner - - JUNCTION FARM STORE FEATURE - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE TOWN of Junc­tion, lo­cated east of Black River, St El­iz­a­beth, is one of the fastest grow­ing com­mer­cial cen­tres in Ja­maica and an im­por­tant eco­nomic zone in the parish.

With other im­por­tant town­ships such as La­covia, Santa Cruz, Malvern, Trea­sure Beach and Black River (the parish cap­i­tal) hold­ing their own, Junc­tion has emerged as the soul of the parish that has, over time, earned the name ‘Ja­maica’s Bread­bas­ket’.

Junc­tion’s strate­gic lo­ca­tion is ideal as a trans-ship­ment area for the var­i­ous food items that are grown, es­pe­cially in the flat­lands.

Farm­ing is the main eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in that area of St El­iz­a­beth, and along with other ar­eas such as Flaga­man, Pe­dro Plains, South­field and My­ersville, Junc­tion has be­come a ma­jor player in the pro­vi­sion of food items for the lo­cal and ex­port mar­kets.

Junc­tion is lo­cated closely to the St El­iz­a­beth/Manch­ester bor­der and is home to a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses, such as phar­ma­cies, stores, su­per­mar­kets, restau­rants, gas sta­tions, grain stores and whole­sales stores, among other forms of com­mer­cial en­ter­prises.

The com­mu­nity is known to pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately a quar­ter of all the thyme (red and white root) and scal­lion com­ing out of St El­iz­a­beth. In ad­di­tion, let­tuce, tomato, and cau­li­flower are also big An out­side view of Junc­tion Farm Store. Lisa Green of Junc­tion Farm Store en­sur­ing that items are prop­erly dis­played in the house­ware section of the store.

crops in this part of the parish.

One for­mer mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Richard Parch­ment, once de­scribed the town as an ex­am­ple of part­ner­ship be­tween or­di­nary cit­i­zens and a busi­ness sec­tor that has the well­be­ing of the town in its heart.

Junc­tion is also de­scribed as a happy town, blessed with a high-en­ergy nightlife; a place where count­less par­ties and dance ses­sions are held, ad­vanc­ing the econ­omy through en­ter­prise.

Sports play a role in the devel­op­ment of the town. Top of the list is cricket. The Junc­tion/Bull Sa­van­nah cricket club has won the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SDC) T-20 cricket ti­tle on three oc­ca­sions.

Stephanie Lewis-Brown, the SDC’s re­search co­or­di­na­tor, has also iden­ti­fied the ad­vent of night foot­ball as a big hit among res­i­dents in the area. This also helps to gen­er­ate the at­ten­dant fi­nan­cial spin-offs for ven­dors and small shops in the town.

PHO­TOS BY SAN­DRA CATO

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