Woodstock Organic MarketI’m a fan of things organic. Of slow food, rather than fast food. Food that takes time to prepare, time to serve, and time to eat. Food that tastes good!

When I was in Denmark, a couple of years back, I encountered a world of small shops, with a limited supply of goods and produce.

Instead of packing their freezers with portions of meat and multiple tv dinners, like so many South Africans do, the Danes (and many other Europeans) tend to buy fresh food as and when they need it, often picking it up on their way home from work.

At smaller stores like those in Denmark, one has the opportunity to engage with the store keeper, find out what’s good that day, where it came from, and so on.

Supermarkets are completely the opposite: impersonal shopping experiences that leave one reeling and generally unsatisfied. Death to the supermarkets, I say. Bring on the small shops like Knead Bakery, and Origin Coffee Roasting.

Which is why I am so excited about a new ‘neighbourhood goods market‘ that’s opening in Woodstock this weekend:

Please join us for the opening of the Neighbour Goods Market this Saturday 2 September from 9am – 4pm. The weekly Saturday market will be housed in a beautiful old sky lit warehouse at the newly refurbished Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock.

Neighbour Goods is as much a source for organic foods and locally produced goods, as it is a meeting point to enjoy community, swap ideas and stories, and become educated about what we buy and eat by going directly to the source.The market has been created along ethical, eco-friendly and organic lines, to offer a wide range of wholesome delicious foods and products from the community of Cape Town.

Since the Danes are apparently the happiest nation in the world, I reckon they’re on to something. I’ll be stopping in at the market to test this theory out for myself.

The Old Biscuit Mill is located at 373 – 375 Albert Rd (Lower Main Rd.) Woodstock, Cape Town.

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