Perhaps I’m too picky, but what I want when I go to market is fresh, healthy food and a good selection of hand-made products.
I like to buy organic vegetables, sample a few pickles or jams or something along those lines and chat to people who’re passionate about the things they make.
What I don’t enjoy very much is markets with the kind of random household bric-a-brac more at home at a garage- or car-boot-sale (people trying to get rid of their used junk, like old computer monitors, of all things!), or brightly coloured plastic baubles you can find on any street corner…
To be fair, there was a fresh produce stall there with some organic options, and the prices were the best I’ve encountered so far (R5 for an uber fresh bunch of swiss chard, for example) – but certainly not enough to supply me for the whole week (one of the main reasons I go to markets in the first place)!
Sadly, there was nothing I could see that would bring me back when there are more interesting markets like the well-stocked and reasonably priced Timour Hall Rd market in Plumstead, the rustic and varied Porter Estate Produce Market in Tokai and, of course, the bustling and trendy Neighbour Goods Market in Salt River.
But, it has to be taken into consideration, naturally, that it isn’t easy to start a new market, and there’s plenty of competition with those others already in full swing… Nonetheless, I do think they could have been a little more selective with their stallholders!