Food fundis rejoice! The fabulous Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai will now be open for business not only on Saturday mornings, but Wednesday afternoons/evenings as well. Starting this evening, the market will be open from 2pm until 8pm. And, to tempt you in, I believe there is an opening special: half-price on beer, wine and sparkling wine until 8pm!
So, now you can get your fresh produce fix twice a week and have fun doing ye ol’ grocery shopping in a convivial and spirited environment instead of the generally less entertaining supermarket option.
To give you some idea of what’s available at the EFFM, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights, as I see them:
FISH & SEAFOOD
- Fish 4 Africa. Family business offering a fantastic range of sustainable fresh fish and seafood. Gawp at the beautiful presentation and quiz them about fish varieties, how best to prepare the fish and more.
- The Fish Deli. These guys make the best snoek pate on the planet, and also offer smoked angelfish and snoek in varying sizes.
- Wild Marine Seafood Deli. West coast anchovies and two delicious variations of fishcakes – trout and potato and smoked snoek and wasabi.
FREE RANGE MEAT
- Rudi’s Sausage Deli. Delicious artisan sausages made with no preservatives, made from free range meat (including game).
- Southern Meats. Free range Karoo lamb and Namibian beef – order your preferred cuts from Victor.
- Stokkiesdraai biltong. Hormone free, preservative free kudu, ostrich and beef biltong and droe wors all lovingly mde by Sam.
FRUIT & VEG
- Funky Greens. A very pretty display of seasonal fresh organic produce, grown on a farm in Montague. They also sell eggs, when available.
- Another stall offers naturally grown fruit and vegetables.
- Living Herbs. A range of herbs and edible and medicinal plants. Dan is very knowledgable about herbs and their uses.
- Imhoff Farm bakery creates delicious breads and pastries, and sells a particularly tasty wheat-free cheese and onion loaf.
- Empire Cafe. A variety of cookies, pastries and sweet treats like florentines.
- Mannamakers. Ever-so-pretty cupcakes and breads of all kinds, including pumpernickel, 70% rye and 100% rye.
- Gourmet Pantry. Fantastic range of freshly baked pies.
- Top Nosh. Macaroons, apple strudel, creme brulee, bratwurst and sauer kraut and other yummy treats made by Nadin who is an Olympic chef!
- Constantia Cheesery. Great Gorgonzola, and a range of other scrumptious cheese varieties.
- Farm Cheese. Boerenkaas and other delicious delights.
SNACKS, SWEETS & TREATS
- Bliss Nougat – Very good home-made nougat made with no gelatine
- By Nature. Superb organic nuts and dried fruits.
- O’Natural. Local producers of raw and organic snacks (goji berries, snack packs etc)
- Deacon – top quality home-made malva puddings, milk tarts, lemon merangue and to-die-for brownies.
JAMS AND PRESERVES
- Cape Point Kitchen. Community-based sustainable initiative focused on preserve-making, skills training and job creation in conjunction with the Red Hill Community.
- Earth Fair Preserves. Jams, marmalades, coconut ice and a range of different kinds of fudge.
PICKLES, OILS AND CONDIMENTS
- Blue Sky Organics. Organic olive and chilli products: rubs, oils, tapenades – the works.
- Maradadi Farm. Organic (but not certified) olive oil and olives. The oils are usually freshly pressed on the Wednesday for sale on the Saturdays and Wednesdays.
PREPARED FOODS/TAKE HOME
- Kids Bites. Healthy food for kids made from natural, mostly organic ingredients.
- La Parmigiana. All natural pasta made without preservatives – plain and filled. Plus, sauces to put on them.
- Salad Days. A delicious range of freshly prepared vegetarian foods, including roasted vegeble cous cous and gnocchi. Also lentil salad and other healthy snacks.
- Food 4 Thought. A range of home-made frozen lasagne’s and chicken pesto pasta’s and spring rolls – convenience without the preservatives
- Lemon Moon Creperie. Ever so tasty crepes made from stone-ground flour with a variety of delicious toppings, savoury and sweet.
- Redies Sushi bar. Freshly prepared and very tasty sushi and spring rolls.
- Gourmet Baguettes. A range of tasty baguette variations – from bacon and egg to roast beef and relish.
- South American Kitchen. A range of Empanadas (Argentinean style), Sopes Mexican styled pizzas and sauces from South America. Black beans, chillies and cheese are the accompaniments, along side Latin prepared chicken and meat.
- Sababa – out of this world falafal pita’s, hummous and tzatziki
- Strictly Coffee – As the name implies, these guys are serious about their coffee They are a Boutique Coffee Roaster in Robertson with signature blends & speciality coffees that include Brasilian, Espresso, Italian, Kenyan.
- The Dorchester. One of the best collections of loose leaf teas in Cape Town – from green tea to chamomile to blends. Enjoy a fine tea at the market or buy some leaves to brew your own. The Dorchester also serves milkshakes, aloe juices and home-made ginger beer and lemonade.
- The Laughing Crocodile. An excellent range of beers on tap from small local breweries – Birkenhead and Boston. The wines serves are from Avondale which is a bio-dynamic farm with an excellent range (some certified organic)
- Ethical Coop Organic Juice Bar. Organic fruit juices, whipped up while you watch.
Now doesn’t that sound a whole lot more fun than traipsing along a supermarket aisle? Methinks it does. Plus, for those of you with little ‘uns running wild, there’s an entire corner dedicated to the keeping-busy-of-little-people – so you can relax and enjoy some delicious morsels whilst they play.
No doubt I’ve forgotten some stalls, and if anyone knows of any that should be added, please leave a comment below and I’ll do so!
The Earth Fair Food Market is held every Saturday from 9am to 2.30pm and now every Wednesday as well, from 2pm 43pm to 8pm at South Palms (next to Builders Warehouse), in Tokai Main Rd. www.earthfairmarket.co.za. During the festive season, please contact organisers beforehand, as markets sometimes close over the Christmas/New Year period.