You are ready to wholeheartedly embrace the whole foods and farm to table trend. Your first steps should be right to the doorstep of one of your city’s top food markets. To make it a bit easier, we have listed a few of the best to visit this weekend.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay, V & A Waterfront, Saturdays 8:30am to 2pm
This is one of Cape Town’s best farmer’s markets. Despite the name it is now situated in Granger Bay next to the V & A Waterfront. Enjoy the fresh sea air as you shop for your fresh-from-the-patch veggies for the week. They also have a great selection of organic dairy products, farm fresh breads and ethically sourced meats and seafood. Stay for coffee and an artisanal bite to eat.
Neighbourgoods Market, Albert Road, Woodstock, Saturdays 9am – 3pm
This Old Biscuit Mill favourite in Woodstock has been running for over 10 years and is seen by many as the forerunner to the rise of the food market trend in SA.
Local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers and artisanal producers vie for your attention and the only problem with this market is limiting yourself to choosing just a few things. Take your time while you take in the vibe.
Earth Fair Food Market, Main Road, Retreat, Wednesdays 3pm – 8pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm
This market is perfect for those in the burbs. A festive, fun market, Earth Fair is great for farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and hormone-free meat and poultry.
The Franschhoek Village Market, Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, Saturdays 9am – 3pm
If you are looking for a scenic day outing this market is for you. Enjoy the shade of the trees while you shop local organic produce and sample the artisanal foods. Fresh veggies, artisan breads and pastries, charcuterie and local olives are just some of the reasons you should go. Enjoy a craft beer while you are there.
Jozi Real Food Market, Pirates Sports Club, Parkhurst, Saturdays 8:30am – 1pm
If you are looking for real food aka the freshest and finest produce for your family, this is your go-to market. In the centre of Joburg North, you will have your pick of fresh and organic fruits, veggies and more from local small producers. Remember to pick up a few spices and sauces too.
Bryanston Organic Market, Culcross Rd Bryanston, Thursdays and Fridays 9am – 3pm
Joburg’s original outdoor market, the Bryanston Organic Market is a must for the freshest and naturally grown fruit and veg. Find your pick of wholesome foods while you linger a bit to sample the delicious fresh baked treats listening to live music.
Neighbourgoods Market, Juta St, Braamfontein, Saturdays 9am -3pm
This is Joburg’s answer to the Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town and some locals may say it’s even better. Up for grabs is seasonal fruit and vegetables, yummy food and craft beer. Make a day of it.
Pretoria Boeremark, Keuning Street, Silverton, Pretoria, Mon – Fri 8am -7pm and Saturdays 5:30 am – 10am
The Boeremark has been running for over 20 years and it’s little surprise why it is so popular. Get all your favourite fresh produce and meat and slip in a little treat such as fresh milk tart or vetkoek. Other must-buys are the boerewors, artisan cheese, flowers and Italian bread.
Golden Hours Family Market, Uitsig Road, Durban North, Sundays 10am -3.30pm
Live music, food and crafts. This family market is just the thing for a Sunday outing. You’ll find your weekly basket of fresh vegetables and farm eggs while enjoying the vibe in the shady tea garden.
Karkloof Farmers Market, Karkloof Road, Howick, Saturdays 7am – 11 am
High –quality fresh produce from local farmers and producers is more than enough reason to get out to this Midlands market. Fill up on fresh vegetables, herbs, artisanal breads and organic cheeses for the week.
The Morning Trade, Station Drive, Morningside, Sundays 8am – 1pm
This buzzing Sunday market is not only the place to be seen but also offers some of the best farm-fresh produce and artisanal eats you could want. Choose your fare for the week before sitting down for a good coffee while enjoying the live music.