This market oozes with stereotypical country charm. It’s almost mandatory to pack up the family and dog, take a sturdy basket and arrive early. Treat yourself with breakfast and, from your vantage point on a hay bale, decide your method of attack.
Peruse stalls at a leisurely place as hands-on producers passionately talk you through their wares from traditional English sausages to decadent baked goods, handcrafted organic cheeses, breads and rustic French staples like terrines and rillettes. You’ll also find Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities from baklava to falafel. If you’re shopping with a conscience you can buy organic veg or a pre-installed, irrigated system to grow your own organic vegetables.
The Shongweni Farmers Market story is one of humble beginnings. In 1998, we had only 12 stalls selling food and fresh produce on a field belonging to the Shongweni Polo Club. Little did we know that our small offering was set to sprout into something special. After attracting stall holders and customers from far and wide, we’re now proud to host over 150 stalls. More than half of which, offer delectable food and outstanding fresh produce.
It is both our goal and passion to help people realise the importance of buying local. Whether it’s everyday items like bread, milk, cheese, vegetables, and meat, or the more luxurious ones like homemade cakes and pies, we owe it to ourselves to know where our food is made, grown, reared or produced. Whilst some argue that markets like ours break the bank, they’re actually less expensive because they cut out the middleman! It’s also a more environmentally friendly way to shop, making it pleasuring to the earth and your pocket.
Founded by a family of avid dog lovers, our market is probably the only one where dogs are welcome. Just be sure to have your plastic bag and leash at the ready, if you wish to bring along man’s best friend. You can visit our Gallery to view our album of furry friends who can’t wait to visit the Market each week.
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