Don’t panic, it’s organic! Stock up on your GMO-free foods at these markets

Tired of trawling your local Woolies for items marked ‘organic’? Stock up on fresh organic fruit and veg at these Cape Town markets. At some, you’ll even be able to purchase seeds and seedling to grow your own!

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) Market is held at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront every Saturday from09h00 to 14h00. In addition to fresh fruit and veg, you can also buy organic dairy products, free-range eggs, honey and freshly baked bread. While not all of the produce is certified organic (because certification is expensive), it does all come from small, local farmers, many of whom form part of the organic Participatory Guarantee System. You’ll also be able to get your hands on heirloom and organic seeds, seedlings, compost, and other gardening products. If all that shopping whips up an appetite, there are a bunch of foodie stalls catering to vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, and those who shun wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy.

Erf 81 Food Market

As the name suggests, this market is held on Erf 81, which you’ll find on the corner of Military and Leeuwenvoet roads in Tamboerskloof. The market, which takes place on Sundays, is hosted by Tyisa Nabanye, a non-profit urban agriculture organisation situated on the slopes of Signal Hill. Located in the barn just behind the vegetable garden, the market offers up organic vegetables, seeds, seedlings, freshly pressed juice, nut butters, Cape Malay food and home-baked treats.

Good Company Farmers Market

The Company Gardens were once the only source of fresh produce in the Cape, so it seems fitting that the Good Company Farmers Market – which is held in the Paddocks Area every Saturday from 09h00 to 15h00 – offers up a variety of local organic farm produce. In such a beautiful setting, you’ll be inclined to linger, particularly when you sample the delicious eats and craft beer on offer. An added bonus of this child-friendly market is that you can also bring along your dogs if they are well behaved.

Constantia Waldorf Organic & Biodynamic Market

Every Friday from 11h00 to 15h00 (during the school term) the Constantia Waldorf School in Spaanschemat River Road in Constantia hosts an organic and biodynamic market. In addition to fresh veggies, dairy products, honey and preserves, you’ll also be able to get your hands on organic products from Camphill Village.

Earth Fair Food Market

Situated in a warehouse near the Builders Warehouse in Tokai, the Earth Fair Food Market takes place twice a week – on Wednesdays from 15h00 to 20h30 and on Saturdays from 09h00 to 14h00. You’ll find over 40 traders selling a range of fresh produce and delicious food, including organic veggies, organic hummus, organic chocolate, organic dried fruit and raw nuts, and cheeses from Constantia Cheesery that have been produced as organically as possible.

Rondebosch Village Market

The Rondebosch Village Market, which takes place opposite the Rondebosch Library every Saturday morning from 08h00 – 12h00, isn’t the biggest of markets, so it is a good idea to arrive early. That way, you’ll get first pick of the organic fruit and veggies on offer. The market also stocks nuts, jams, honey and pickles.

Shopping in Cape Town

The mother city is known for being the mother of everything and shopping in this case is no stranger to this. Cape Town is home to some of the most incredible shopping experiences known to man. Not only is this city, which is known as one of the most beautiful cities on earth, home to the largest population of creatives, artists, and world famous designers but it is home to the worlds finest creations. Cape Town has your quaint shopping experiences hidden in places that you wouldn’t imagine these gems would find solace to the greatest shopping malls that have want for absolutely nothing and provide mind blowing experiences. Below is a list of the quaint shopping experiences to the markets to the large and in charge malls waiting to indulge your every shopping need and so much more.

Markets Shopping Experiences

Markets in Cape Town range from your all through the week Green Market Square which is situated in the CBD and has a collection of all African Curios as well as other little stalls with second hand books, jewellery and apparel, it is also home of the mother of the famous Bamboo scarf. Then you have your weekend markets like the Tokai Forest Market which is jam packed with awesomeness and open all day on a Sunday, the Milnerton Flea Market which has a huge collection of absolutely everything under the sun and probably things from outer space too.

Quaint Shopping Experiences

Quaint Shopping calls for the exclusive labels and the unheard of one of a kind, most probably hand made perfections found nowhere else in the world. Woodstock, Cape Town has become home to smaller shopping experiences which are housed in open planned modern styled exquisite buildings and each have their own mind blowing uniqueness. The Woodstock Exchange is the most well known of them all, containing phenomenal works from young and upcoming designers, as well as having some of the best crunchies and coffee available at divine coffee shops when you need that break to rest your shopping shoes. The Old Biscuit Mill is another which has a collection of incredibly beautiful shops that will keep you mesmerised for hours and perhaps leaving only after purchasing one of everything. The shops are situated around beautiful courtyards and The Old Biscuit Mill is also home to the award winning restaurant The Test Kitchen with the famous chef Luke Dale Roberts.

Large and in charge Shopping

Cape Town is home to two of the biggest and most incredible shopping centres, The very famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which is home to the incredible Two Oceans Aquarium, as well as 90% of your designer brand shops, they also boast a large indoor market like setting which has stalls for Africa, containing every type of ware that you could think of. There is a delightful scratch patch, hundreds of phenomenal restaurants and so much to do that one could spend an entire day and not have seen or browsed through even a quarter of this beautiful centre. Then there is the epically exclusive high class Century City with its Canal Walk which prides itself on being the ‘Shop the World’ experience. Canal Walk is home to fine dining and every sort of shop and brand that you could ever imagine, the design of the entire area is an architectural dream come true and finds the cream of the crop shopping in its silver platter experience. Century City is also home to the Natural Goods and Art Market which is open every spring and is truly a divine experience in itself.