UPDATE November 2013: Sadly, this market has since been cancelled.
We have a lot of markets in Cape Town. This is an awesome thing – it means people are embracing a new, more connected way of buying food. We’re looking for something a bit more meaningful than supermarket-trawling, where we can get a little closer to the source, and perhaps even meet the earth-loving people responsible for rearing/growing/producing the ingredients for our next meal.
One of my favourite new markets is the Starlings Urban Farmers Market in Claremont. It’s small, it’s simple, it’s unpretentious. It’s all about the produce – about being able to pop by regularly, and buy just about everything you need to cook up an awesome home-cooked meal: uber-fresh fish from Ocean Jewels, free range chicken and eggs from Simply Wholesome, the undeniably awesome charcuterie from Richard Bosman, organic dairy from Afrikara, to name a few examples.
It’s all about creating relationships with the people who sell their wares there – having a chat about ways to cook the fish you’ve just bought (Julie of Ocean Jewels has some great recipes up her sleeve), or a debate about how best to grow vegetables.
I love it – and am trying to get there as often as possible. I go in with an empty basket, and come out with it filled to capacity with good, healthy, wholesome and delicious produce. And, when I’m not sure I’ll get there early enough, I order ahead, through Food Shed, just so that I know for certain that the goodies I want will be set aside, waiting for me when I arrive.
If you’re crazy about quality ingredients, stop by some time, and have a look.
The market is held every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm at Starlings Cafe, 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont. (UPDATE November 2013: Sadly, this market has since been cancelled)
For more info on Starlings Cafe, a most fabulous eatery (with sublime coffee and specialty teas), by the by, check out their Facebook Page.