What a beautiful Saturday morning it was in George, I wanted to be outdoors…and for those who don’t know me that well, by outdoors I mean outside, not doing any weird or wonderful extreme sport. The outdoor farmers market is the perfect outdoors for me.
Follow the N2 heading for PE from George, you will find the Outeniqua Farmers Market nestled on the Kraaibosch farm, close to the Garden Route Mall. I am told that on the opening day of the market, a year ago, it was so busy that people were parking on the opposite side of the highway just to be able to get there.
I love the concept, strolling between the big trees, all the little stalls of all wonderful little goodies. I met some great people, every stall that caught my eye, ended up with a few minutes of great conversations and of course some great networking. I just love the vibe, I have been to markets where the people are rather off putting, you walk away feeling more of a bother than educated. This is definitely not the case at the Outeniqua Farmers Market.
The first stop was coffee, I was amazed how well organized the coffee store was, in my opinion, more organized than most coffee shops I have been to. On the menu were different coffees, cappuccino and teas, no lack of milk, sugars, sweetners, I loved how clean and neat the station was, and the absolutely delicious cappuccino!
The food stalls were impressive, such a large variety, local restaurants offering prego rolls, or a stall for bacon and eggs, some pancakes, and the speciality stores were amazing, you had such a choice of world cusine – Indian, German, French, Thai, Chinese, South African and Greek.
I settled on French simply because of the personality of the stall. Such a lovely energy, German born, married a Frenchman, loved South Africa and finally settled on living here. She was making the famous Crepe de Paris. But what really got my attention was how natural she was, she just loved making your crepe and chatting with you.
Her croissants had me drooling…I had a croissant filled with gypsy ham, and topped with béchamel and a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar. I was in heaven. Flaky and light croissant just heated enough to melt the cheese…yes please!
Next door was the German Butcher, all homemade bacons and other charcuterie and man oh man was he busy. He had his little deli slicer set up and was selling like hotcakes.
And of course to cater for everyone, the rugby was broadcasted for the men while the ladies strolled from stall to stall. Tables set out under the trees for people to sit and relax, enjoy the weather and all the market has to offer.
So if you are in the Garden Route area, I would recommend that you stop by. The Outeniqua Farmers Market is every Saturday, there is ample parking and for more information, pop on over to their website