Cape Town Organic Markets, Slow Food Markets and Farmers Markets

Cape Town Organic Markets, Slow Food Markets and Farmers Markets

I enjoy a good farmers market from time to time, and the good news is Cape Town is thriving with them! What I particularly relish is being able to buy and taste organic or natural good food that I know is grown or made locally by people passionate about their craft, as opposed to those vacuum-packed edibles ripe with preservatives.

The Word is Artisan

A word to describe this is ‘Artisan’, a new catchphrase that hints at handmade and wholesome. Interesting too is Cape Town’s growing Slow Food culture in line with the international movement – that has arisen in reaction to the fast food habits of the 21st century; a celebration of sustainable, natural food which embraces the art of culinary.

Here is a list of some of the amazing slow food markets the Greater Cape has to offer:

Odes Kitchen
The awesome Odes Kitchen features regularly at many markets. Photo by Rachel Briant

Stellenbosch Slow Food Market

Discover the hip yet tranquil Stellenbosch slow food atmosphere as you tuck into authentic “artisan” Italian style pizzas and slow brewed South African beers. This market is a heavenly ambush of culinary delights that will have you salivating the moment your schnozzle detects the aromas of several sizzling food stands. Taste wine, test preserves and sample all sorts of simply delightful foods and desserts. Food is not the only attraction. Hand crafted jewellery and clothing and even health products will complete your slow food market experience.

When and Where:
The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market takes place every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00 at the Oude Libertas.

Website:
www.slowmarket.co.za

Willowbridge Slow Food Market (Tygervalley)

Enjoy quality organic and natural foods which have never seen the inside of the refrigerator, the spray nozzle of a pesticide truck or the tar surface of a highway. With an emphasis on heritage dishes, seasonal produce and homemade goodies, this slow market provides the perfect platform for encouraging a more environmentally-sensitive food chain.

When and Where:
Willowbridge Slow Market, situated at Willowbride Lifestyle Centre in Tygervalley, is open every Saturday between 09:00 and 15:00.

Website:
www.slowmarket.co.za

The Hout Bay Organic Market

Away from the hustle-bustle of the inner city, this market offers an array of delicious organic goods for those of us with a taste for the finer things in life. Get your hands on everything from farm made goat’s cheese to gluten-free breads, honey, juices and coffee. A great excuse for a day out.

When and Where:
This market takes place every Thursday at the Health Path Coffee Shop in Hout Bay from 09:00 to 13:00. Call 021 790 5231 for more details.

Website:
www.bayharbour.co.za

Earth Fair Food Markets – City Centre, Tokai and Noordhoek

By popular demand the Earth Fair Food Markets have been popping up all over Cape Town! Taking inspiration from the good old days, each offers a forum for small-scale producers to sell their wares. You can be assured of finding quality, fresh ingredients that are free from preservatives and hormones. An awesome place to purchase ethical meats.

When and Where:
The Tokai Earth Fair Food Market is open every Wednesday (15:00 – 20:30) and Saturday (09:00 – 14:00), while the one at St George’s Mall in City Centre takes place on Thursdays between 11:00 and 15:00.

Website:
www.earthfairmarket.co.za Keep an eye on the website for upcoming Earth Fair Food Markets at Noordhoek Farm Village.

Century City Natural Goods Market

Gourmet dishes, tasty preserves, home bakes, organic bubbly…This open-air market offers up not only delicious specialty foods, but also a variety of crafts and natural body care products. Vegetarians will be happy to hear they are catered for and kids can have fun with a host of activities available throughout the day.

When and Where:
Currently closed for winter, keep an eye on their website for details this spring. Alternatively you can email naturalgoodsmarket@gmail.com

Website:
www.centurycity.co.za

Neighbourgoods Market (Woodstock)

This well-established market features over 100 traders who offer up goods with a theme of farm fresh, organic and local. Enjoy an atmosphere that is best of Cape Town’s, thanks to live music performances. Hats off to their green efforts such as biodegradable packaging and a recycling initiative.

When and Where:
The Neighbourgoods Market takes place at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock every Saturday between 09:00 and 14:00.

Website:
www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

City Bowl Market on Hope

Set in the centre of the city, this market offers great quality at affordable prices and is a nice place to meet new people, as it draws an interesting crowd. Sample goods as you chat to those who were involved in the creation of the taste on your tongue. There is a play area for kids as well as some surprises for those with a chocolate craving….

When and Where:
Visit this Hope Street market on Saturdays between 09:00 and 14:00.

Website:
www.citybowlmarket.co.za

Gaia Food Market (Constantia)

This market has an emphasis on plant-based cuisine, which pretty much means ‘vegan’. There are so many delectable dishes in sight, it is hard to choose! Everything from raw pizza and veggie bakes to Asian dumplings, get inspired by what our locals have to offer in terms of fresh and healthy. Stock up on farm produce, homemade relishes and dairy-free pestos.

When and Where:
This Constantia market happens every Saturday morning between 09:00 -14:00.

Website:
www.gaiafoodmarket.co.za

Laborie ‘Lazy Days’ Market (Paarl)

Stop by the Laborie Wine Estate on your next road trip to enjoy a true country experience. Sample from a selection of fresh breads, cheeses, wines, salads and much more. I particularly like the stunning view of Paarl Rock from the courtyard and the scarecrow guarding the entrance…

When and Where:
This market takes place every Saturday between 09:00 and 14:00.

For More Details Contact:
info@laboriewines.co.za

The Larder Café Food Market (Diep River)

The Larder Café is an excellent new little spot that specialises in meals that were created from ingredients sourced from local, small-scale producers. In this same vein, their weekly market is a great chance to purchase fresh farm delicacies such as free-range eggs, heirloom tomatoes and even hand-made ice cream!

When and Where:
Check out this market on Thursdays between 15:00 – 17:00 at The Larder Café, which is located inside the Block & Chisel on the corner of Kendal and Main Road.

For More Details Contact:
thelarder@mail.com

Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market (Muizenberg)

Bohemian and off-beat, this indoor market is everything Muizenberg stands for; enjoy a cosy, lively atmosphere that offers up creative bits and bobs. And with an entire array of delicious food to nibble on as well as groovy live acoustic music in the background, you’ll want to hang out for hours and hours!

When and Where:
This market happens every Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 in a warehouse next to False Bay Station.

Website:
bluebirdgarage.blogspot.com

Constantia Waldorf Organic & Biodynamic Market

This organic biodynamic fresh produce market boats a variety of organic and fresh produce stalls. When you visit this market, you will enter an environment where the emphasis is on quality hand crafted goods, clothing made from natural fibres, a deli filled with rich, wholesome foods and fresh organic and naturally grown produce.

When and Where:
Every Friday 11am till 3pm

For More Details Contact:
jacqueline.edmiston@gmail.com

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Carien

Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in The Swartland on a small holding and I am a full time house wife with one husband, one son, two dogs, two pigs, three sheep and ten chickens. Living as natural as possible is a pet passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I might post healthy food recipes (sometimes naughty), some green tips and random info on organic and natural living.

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