The Death Of Faith’s Pen As A Jamaican Food Stop
Faith’s Pen, the rest stop, was the perfect place to refuel after the journey traversing Mount Rosser and into the parish of St. Ann. In its heyday, Faith’s Pen had at least 30 shops lined off the main road. An area they have maintained from 1992 when they relocated from the sidewalk. Jerk pork, roast corn, jerk chicken, steamed fish, cow cod soup, mannish water, roots wine, each vendor on site had created his/her own niche and thus had their special set of customers who would make it a point to stop by.
Unfortunately, while the nation celebrated the announcement and subsequent construction the Linstead to Moneague leg of Highway 2000, one of three parts of the North-South link of the highway, a highway that was created to significantly decrease the drive time between Kingston and Ocho Rios. Vendors, at the once popular site, has been adversely affected by this new convenience. Seeing less and less traffic passing their way simply means less and less money to not only turn a profit but even simply maintain any type of lifestyle. The Made in Jamaica crew passed through Faith’s Pen and what we saw, I cannot explain here. Watch the video above and draw your own conclusions on what should be the next step of the Jamaican government.