Monday, July 07, 2014

The Wild Oats Farmers' Market, Sedgefield

On Saturday morning we drove through to Sedgefield to this very authentic weekly market. It is so nice to see real farm vegetables, free range poultry, plants, good bread and other tempting delights. It was very well attended and we went home with lots of goodies, including a new vegetable to us, rutabaga. We recognized it, but did not know how to cook or eat it. Luckily a German customer told us how to prepare it and she said “ you can even peel it and eat it like an apple”. She was right, it tastes just like a large crisp radish. We bought some really good camembert and baked it that evening and used the rutabaga with carrot, courgettes and tomatoes as crutidés to dip into the liquid cheese. Some will now go into soup. 
Although rain had been promised, it was a sunny (but cold) day
Rustic tables and chairs and covered stalls
Very responsible rubbish separation
This is a proper country farmers’ market, with lots of fresh produce from the local area to buy and take home to cook
Nice signage
Dried fruit piled high and some local badger friendly honey and jams
We bought the camembert on this stand - made at Ganzevlei
The very tempting (but we resisted) Ile de Pain stand with their amazing bread, sandwiches and botterkoek
A place to have a sit down or lunch
An old friend from Ferian Farm, Ferdi Rowan, selling her olives, oils and tapenades. Long ago, she sold us wonderful geese for Christmas
Just one of the fresh fruit and veg stalls. Prices are very competitive
And another old friend, Karen Shuttleworth-Dames from The Little Herb Garden, with her large range of pickles and jams.  We bought one of those enormous jars of rooikappies (pepperdews)
Lots of exceptionally good products for sale
Le Roux Charcuterie had some samples to taste
and we bought some fresh farm eggs here
And the rutabaga
Lovely spring onions
Crisp newly picked lettuce and all organic
White radishes
Another cheese stand giving samples
The crayfish tails were a little, no, much more expensive than we pay in the Cape, but he had lots of fish products to sell
Who can resist fresh juice and yoghurt
A brave statue artist that we encountered the last time we were in Knysna.  SO brave for standing still in the freezing cold, not a great way to make a living, but a living it is
There are several plant and herb stalls, and some very good indigenous plants
Braziers to keep you warm
So fresh and not expensive
Huge beetroot
and fresh leeks
Some of these parsnips came home with us
A clever idea for recycled tyres. We would like to see more of this in town.
More tempting plants. We brought home some red onion seedlings
Fresh flowers
Now this is what they call breakfast rolls
Or the full catastrophe!
Getting closer to lunch time
Only juice to go, the market doesn't have a licence for wine or alcohol or beer
The other part of the market also has lots of fruit and veg
Succulent gardens
Clothing
at The Love Shack
Hand carved items, simple but effective
Breakfast or coffee?
And a stand selling Dutch delights. Tempting, very tempting
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014
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