It’s become a bit of a Saturday morning ritual when I’m in town, to pop in at the Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day to meet friends, get a coffee, find something to eat – which usually includes pasteis de nata – and soak up the atmosphere. There are always loads of people there that I know, endless dogs to happy my heart, plants I want to bring home, all the wholesome fruit and veg I could live on, and a feel-good that lingers with me for the rest of my day. This Saturday I took my camera to capture a few pics.
About the Oranjezicht City Farm
The Oranjezicht City Farm is an urban farm in the Oranjezicht area of Cape Town. The historic piece of land it calls home, next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, was converted back to a farm in 2013 where fresh fruit, vegetable and herbs are grown. The produce grown here is phenomenal and you can pick your own harvest straight from the farm on Wednesdays or at the market near the V&A Waterfront on the weekend. The farm also welcomes visitors during the week and on Saturday mornings.
About the Oranjezicht City Market
At the market, you’ll find plenty of fresh and seasonal produce to choose from. In typical market-style, the prices are displayed and you weigh and pay at the checkout points right next to the cornucopia of fruit and veggies. It’s recommended that you take a bag to carry your produce as this is mostly plastic free zone.
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers with veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli as well as cooked and raw foods, edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment. You’d be forgiven for expecting it to be in Oranjezicht.
The market also has an inspiring collection of flowers, edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies on offer. From hanging ferns to blossoming fruit trees and the classics. The flower seller also has an array of flowers, many that I’ve never seen anywhere else before.
The market is as much about community building and celebrating the culture of Cape Town as it is about the fresh produce. Their focus is on artisan and hand-made food that offers something special. At their cooked food section you’ll find almost anything your heart desires including freshly baked pastries and bread, raw, vegan, and vegetarian cuisine.
You’ll find food inspired by many different places around the world and there are communal tables outside where you can eat and enjoy a view of the ocean. Basically, there is something here for everyone. Plus, all the beautiful people. Also time, it’s a place you’ll spend the morning at, even if you’d planned just pop in for a coffee.
The Essential Details
Where: Granger Bay (next to The Lookout Event Venue) and you could easily walk to the market from the V&A Waterfront.
When: Every Saturday from 8.30am to 2pm and from October on Sundays too. For more information visit the market’s website, contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the market’s Facebook page.
We might even bump into each other there.