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Farm stalls along the Green Mountain Eco Route

April 6, 2012

Less than half an hour from our guest house, Penny Lane Lodge, the Green Mountain Eco Route is easily accessible via the N2 past Sir Lowry’s Pass.

The Green Mountain Eco Route combines attractions including wine farms, activities, events, accommodations, restaurants, wedding & conference venues. It offers scenic beauty, natural diversity of terroir and a wide range of wine styles. Whether you want to crank uphill on your mountain bike, hike through acres of fynbos, experience a unique wine tasting with the winemakers, or enjoy meals made from locally grown produce, the Green Mountain Eco Route has things to do for everyone.

Many people from Somerset West make the trip on the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass to enjoy a relaxed meal in stunning surroundings and to stock up with some of the fabulous produce from the Farm Stalls along the route.

Here are some to try:

Houw Hoek Farm Stall on the N2 just before Houw Hoek Pass
The Houw Hoek Farm Stall is stocked with delectable delights – homemade pies, biscuits and cakes, freshly baked bread, local wines and baskets filled with fruit and vegetables fresh from the farms in the Elgin Valley. Relax in the coffee shop and enjoy an excellent meal in the peace and quiet of this tranquil mountain setting. Fresh fish from the Overberg shores only 30km away and unique salad combinations are served – offering a bit more than the usual coffee shop.

Picnic baskets are also prepared for a relaxed day in the country

Kelkiewyn – Main Road Villiersdorp
Visitors can enjoy true small town hospitality at the “Kelkiewyn” farm stall and fully licensed restaurant. The name Kelkiewyn was given to the farm stall because of its a dual meaning, one being the Afrikaans word for a wineglass and the other being a bird kind also known as the Namaqua Sand Grouse often found in here near lakes.

Situated on the banks of the Elands River the farm stall offers a wide range of curios, dried fruit, wine and bar accessories. There is a fully licensed restaurant serving light meals with indoor and outdoor seating on the banks of the river. Adjacent to Kelkiewyn is the newly established Tractor Museum, the first of its kind in the country. Ask for the key in the farm stall and see these old machines of the heydays in perfect working condition.

 

Peregrine Farm Stall and Red Tractor Cafe: on the N2 near Grabouw
Peregrine stocks the largest collection of locally produced wines at very competitive prices. Established in the 1960s, Peregrine is famous for its home baked breads and tarts, biltong and freshly home made apple juice. Elgin has become the home of cool-climate wines and the artisanal craft of cider making has made a popular comeback. Peregrine has it’s own varietal which you’ll find on the shelves with other local pear and apple ciders.

Thandi Farm Kitchen
The name THANDI, pronounced taan-di is the Xhosa word for love, and is the powerful symbol for the projects message ‘Growing Together with Love’. Susan Kraukamp and her team will introduce you to a selection of treats and fresh farm produce ranging from home-grown vegetables to fruit.

Established in Elgin in 1995, Thandi’s aim is to empower previously disadvantaged farming communities. With support and mentorship from leading players in the fruit and wine industries, these communities export top-class produce to countries all over the world.

With its mouth watering selection of treats and fresh farm produce ranging from home-grown vegetables to fruit. This restaurant boasts a welcoming atmosphere with healthy hearty meals! In summer you can chill on the stoep or beside the log fire in winter and enjoy one of their award-winning Thandi wines or perhaps some freshly squeezed Elgin apple juice. With more on offer than just a delicious meal, this locations lovely scenery with deep heart and soul will leave you not only feeling rejuvenated but inspired!

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