Time flies.  Feels like yesterday when I was excitedly announcing the arrival of another market on the scene – a market that promised to host ‘top quality traders’ selling a range of ‘locally produced and artisan food products’.  One never knows, when markets first start, whether this is a) going to be true, and b) going to last.

The Earth Fair Market has done both, and much more, and has become my favourite market on the Cape Town scene.  Under the passionate direction of market organiser, Jacqui Simpson, the market has grown into something very special.  On Wednesday evenings, families and friends gather to grab a glass of organic wine (or artisan beer) and a bite to eat, in a convivial setting, with perhaps a bit of shopping on the side.  On Saturday mornings, it’s all about artisan coffee (the fabulous Origin is now in residence, hoohah!), delectable breakfasts (mmmm, Lemon Moon Crepes) and a weekly fresh produce top up.

Jacqui picks her stallholders carefully, and the quality of produce overall is outstanding.  I love that it’s become a place where families gather, boots ‘n’ all, and enjoy not only the great food and drink, but also the vibe.  Pick a different meal every time, supporting local producers, and forming relationships with them at the same time.

Anyway, long story short, this fab market is celebrating its first birthday this Saturday (14 August) and will be having an extra special market, with lots of Birthday Specials on offer.

Earth Fair Market is the place to go for a wonderful shopping experience. Enjoy products from a range of top quality traders; farm cheeses, a wide free range meat selection, speciality sausages, fresh and smoked fish, organic and farm fruit and veg, artisan breads and cakes and bakes, olives and preserves, delightful take home meals and salads.

The vibey indoor market is open twice a week so that you can stock up on your favourite items and, at the same time, meet up with family and friends for a delicious artisan coffee, local on tap beers and organic wines. There is a selection of mouthwatering meals to choose from – sushi, prego rolls, crepes, pizzas, bratwursts, Argentinean empanadas and quesadillas and so much more.

If you haven’t been yet, GO.

Some recommendations: biodynamic Avondale bubbly, Rudi’s sausages (no wheat, no preservatives, ALL flavour), Oded’s Kitchen’s divine pickles and preserves (and, recently, desserts, mmmm…), superb walnuts (and other nuts and dried fruits) from By Nature, Lemon Moon Crepes (both sweet and savoury), Ciao Bella’s uber-popular crispy-based pizzas (be prepared for a bit of a wait), Stefan’s spinach and onion rostis… I could go on for hours.

Where: South Palms (next to Builders Warehouse in Tokai Main Rd)

When: Saturday 14 August 2010.  9am-2.30pm  (and regularly on Wednesday evenings 3-8pm, and Saturday mornings 9am-2pm)


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