From Saturday 6 June 2015, the popular weekly farmer’s market founded by the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) will relocate from its current venue at Leeuwenhof, the historic premier’s residence in Oranjezicht to the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront.
The required move for the winter was taken up by OZCF several months ago as an opportunity to find additional partners and new infrastructure that would help increase the availability of fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce and to provide more support for the more than 15 local small-scale organic farmers that supply the market.
After extended discussions with several potential partners at locations in and near the City Bowl, the V&A Waterfront was the clear choice at the Granger Bay site, near The Lookout event venue. A tented precinct for the market will be created for the winter, providing a cosy atmosphere, easy access, great views, protection from inclement weather and a safe, child-friendly set-up. Says Sheryl Ozinsky, a founding volunteer of the Oranjezicht City Farm, “The Waterfront have shown themselves to be truly committed to the goals of expanding access to local organic produce and expanding opportunities for our small-scale local organic farmers.”
Photo: One of the regular traders at the Market: Jacky Dempsey from Crisna’s Olives
With more than 60 traders and approximately 2 500 visitors every Saturday, Market Day has a direct economic impact estimated in excess of R25 million per annum, supporting nearly 200 jobs and 75 entrepreneurial small businesses including local farms.
Trading every Saturday from 9am–2pm, the market is a true farmer’s market with a majority of the offering being fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruit, herbs and other ingredients and pantry items such as bread, cheese, nuts, olive oil, spices, yoghurt, honey, ethically sourced meats, biltong, fish, and more.
This is supplemented with artisanal food traders selling breakfast and lunch fare to eat at the market or for takeaway, as well as coffees, teas, juices, smoothies and other items including catering for vegan, banting, gluten-free, sugar-free and other dietary preferences.
Photo: One of the regular traders at the Market: Fritz Rabe from Tanqua Karoo Natural Produce