Outdoor produce markets aren’t common, but growing fears surrounding processed and genetically modified foods have an increasing number of people looking for organic and home-grown produce. The crowd tends to be of the friendly, Bohemian persuasion, and, so long as you’re friendly back, bargaining is acceptable in most situations. Below are a few recommended outdoor markets. For more listings of outdoor and organic markets, with regular updates and reviews of new markets, visit http://www.capemarkets.co.za.
Hout Bay Organic Market
This market runs every Thursday, between 9:00 and 13:00, opposite the Medical Centre in Victoria Road. You’ll find fruit, vegetables, and a wide variety of cheese, oils, spices, and vinegars.
The market doesn’t have a website yet, but you can contact Mia Courly on 021 790 5231 for details.
Obs Night Market
This is a small community market staged every Thursday from 17:00 to 21:00 at Observatory Community Centre. On display you’ll find fresh produce, crafts, eco-friendly products, and household items. You can also eat dinner and watch performing artists, from buskers to poi jugglers.
For more information, visit the market’s website, http://www.obsnightmarket.co.za.
The Neighbor Goods Market
Situated in the Old Biscuit Mill Complex in Albert Road, Woodstock, this market is not truly outdoor, but is worth mentioning here as it’s perhaps the most popular weekend market in Cape Town. It happens every Saturday between 9 and 2. On sale you’ll find fresh, organic vegetables, seafood, gourmet breads, home-brewed beers and ciders alongside excellent organic coffee. Parking in the streets nearby can be difficult, so be sure to arrive early to avoid the rush.
Visit http://www.neighborgoodsmarket.co.za or call 021 448 1438 for more information.
Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market
This is a popular market for fresh and gourmet produce. You’ll find it at Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch every Saturday between 9 and 2. According to the organizers, all products sold at this market are either grown or reared by the producers.
Rondebosch Village Market
Held in covered stalls outside the Rondebosch library on Belmont Road every Saturday between 7 and midday. It offers a gamut of organic and fresh vegetables, along with preserves and cheeses.
For more info, contact Pieter (072 222 6410) or Dee (021 696 6749).
Constantia Waldorf Organic Market
Held at the Waldorf School in Spanschemat Road, Constantia, this market sells a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables. It’s probably the best-priced organic market in Cape Town.
For more information, contact the organizers, Roger (082 569 9894) or Jeanne (082 215 0764).