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Eat fresh! Farm-stalls and farmers’ markets in and around Somerset West

February 4, 2011

To experience the best in local produce, be it fresh fruit and vegetables, home-farmed meat or delicious cakes and sweets, take the opportunity to visit one of the farmers’ markets or farm produce stalls. Markets are a great place to find locally made products and you will be doing your bit towards a greener South Africa.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Helderberg Veld Winkel-Market
Southey’s Vines, 186 Helderberg Road, Somerset West
Held on the first Saturday of every month between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm, this market has something for everyone. Fresh produce, home-made preserves and cookies, together with artwork, jewellery and plants are on sale. It’s a great place for browsing and bargain hunting.

Hathersage Farm
15 Gordon Road, Somerset West
Held on the second and last Sunday of the month from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, Hathersage Market Day offers a community-driven exhibition of the best local goods on offer from authentically slow, gourmet food and freshly picked produce to a range of carefully crafted, gorgeous gifts, plants, music and great wine. Families and friends gather together to picnic on the lawns in the picturesque gardens. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a lazy Sunday together.

Lourensford Wine Estate Farmers Market
Lourensford Road, Somersert West
Held on the first weekend of the month (Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm) Lourensford’s Farmers’ Market offers a range of freshly made food from around the world, together with cheeses, locally reared and cured meats, freshly baked breads and locally grown vegetables and fruits. There are stalls selling work by local artists, clothes, curios and plants.  Children will be entertained by a range of activities too.

Mooiberge Farm Stall
R44, between Somerset West and Stellenbosch
You can’t drive down the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch without noticing the remarkable scarecrows at Mooiberge Farm Stall. They’re riding bicycles, driving tractors, and working in the strawberry fields, where you can spend a morning picking the luscious red fruit. The strawberry season varies from one year to the next but usually begins in October and runs to February. You pay for what you pick, and you can also buy jams, dried fruit, and other refreshments at the farm stall. Open daily 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market
Oude Libertas, Corner of Adam Tas & Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch
This slow food market housed under red and green striped shading is open every Saturday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Hand-picked fruit and vegetables, biltong bites, baked bread baskets, farm chickens and fresh fynbos flowers are on display together with soaps and bath salts, handmade chocolates, artisan cheeses and farm-produced yoghurts.

Time to braai…

So, why not treat yourself to some great local produce.  Buy some locally-reared meat and other delicacies and have a fantastically fresh authentic braai. Here at Penny Lane Lodge we have facilities for our guests to do just this!

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