Junction, the soul of St Elizabeth
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.