Last weekend, unable to resist the temptation of a strawberry-themed version of the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market (great marketing, guys!), a friend and I made our way out to Stellenbosch to find out how versatile this juicy red summer fruit really is…

The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market, for those who haven’t yet been, is a vibrant outdoor market held every Saturday morning at Bosman’s Crossing in Stellenbosch.

Not only is it a great place to hang out, it is also an authentic Slow Food market which only allows producers who sell products they have sourced, grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed themselves.

From time to time, the market organises a special theme for the day, quite often based on something seasonal – like strawberries. Seeing as I had such a great time on my last visit, I was keen to see how the theme would be implemented.

Well, folks, it was fabulous! The organisers and stallholders really went all out on the strawberry theme… In addition to their usual awesome fare, just about every stall had something that either contained strawberries in it, or had something to do with them.

We drank invigorating freshly juiced strawberries (mixed with other fruits) at the Ethical Coop stand, tasted organic strawberry vinegar from Rozendal (a one-off, made specially for the market), sampled some strawberry chilli (not a bad combination, it must be said) and bought some strawberry sausage (I kid you not, and it tastes really good).

Taking a deep breath we then continued our advance, ogling at strawberry/marshmallow kebab sticks, tasting strawberry-flavoured chocolates from Theobroma (mmmmmm…) and even bought some strawberry-scented bath salts.

Finally sated (defeated?), we found a seat and rested our over-stimulated tastebuds… taking in the sounds of jazz, filling the by now buzzing courtyard, and marvelling at the amazing versatility of the humble strawberry.

What a great way to spend a day… sampling strawberries, listening to jazz, and generally enjoying the laid-back ambience that surrounds this fabulous market.

It’s an experience I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a little tastebud titillation (hoohah!). I’ve posted more photos here.

The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market is on every Saturday from 9am to 4pm at the Dorpstreet square in Bosman’s Crossing trading village in Stellenbosch. Ignore the plain black-and-white ‘Market’ sign at Oude Libertas and drive on – the estate has its own market on Saturdays, but it’s not quite the same! Directions available here.


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