Monday, February 27, 2017

Groote Post Country Market

We have friends here from the Netherlands and took them to this lovely country market on Sunday. It is held on the last Sunday of every month and we had a great time. The market is full of things to buy, things to eat and things to admire. There are lots of food trucks and of course you can taste and buy the excellent Groote Post wines to enjoy with your lunch or take home with you
The market is on a field next to the wine cellar and is arranged in a rectangle. There is no entry fee and there is plenty of parking
Ah! Refreshing and good Darling Beer on a very hot day is lovely too
They also have many places to sit and enjoy the day, under the trees and some umbrellas
Coffee machines and pizza ovens
and things for the children to do while you shop
It keeps them busy for hours. This young man was very adept
Wines for tasting inside the lovely cool cellar and tasting room
Such friendly staff help you taste the wine
Books for sale
People enjoying some shade and some refreshment
Some real traditional South African pickles and preserves
Clothing, baskets, pottery
Lynne thought she was back in the 60s, a stall with tie dye clothing! It was next to a stand selling silver jewellery
Lovely handmade wooden toys with an eager customer
Another jewellery stand
Beads, clothing, wooden items made from recycled wood
Superb organic honey from Darling, jams and creamy Darling toffee; a Crèpe stand and a family relaxing
Cool under the spreading pepper tree
We had our lunch from this stand: Lynne, an enormous portion of salted spare ribs with coleslaw and John a pulled pork sandwich. Groote Post gave us vouchers for lunch and a bottle of their cracking Rosé made from Pinot Noir. It is only available from the farm. Our Dutch friends liked it so much they bought a box to go home with them
We agree!
Sales were fast and furious
You can take tractor rides around the farm
We managed to get a table under this huge pepper tree
We also tasted the two ciders made by winemaker Lukas Wentzel, one with pomegranate juice added
Lukas Wentzel, the Groote Post winemaker, seen here with his wife, Tersia. Lukas, who is in the middle of a busy harvest, very generously gave us a tank tasting of his new Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir
Their son is one of those fast growing hungry teens!
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2017
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