Our well deserved ‘Trader of the Month’ for March is By Nature. They offer an extensive range of premium quality natural and organic products – a variety of raw nuts, preservative-free dried fruit and certified organic dried goods. These products are sourced from local producers that follow ethical and sustainable principles. By Nature are incredibly innovative and constantly develop new product lines and delicious additions to their range. By Nature also have a range of organic grains and oats. Their almonds are the freshest you will find in the Western Cape and their dried pineapple is absolutely yummy! By Nature are at all of Earth Fair’s markets.
Veerle is a charming Belgian woman who has brought a delicious range of Cachet chocolate and Belgian waffles from her homeland. Her chocolates are all Kosher and contain no vegetable oil, only cocoa butter. Towards the end of April she will be extending her range to include a complete diabetic, Stevia, gluten and lactose free and organic range. They will also have a wellness/health range which includes, pro-biotics and antioxidants. Be warned that this is highly addictive stuff but research has shown that small amounts of good quality chocolate is mood enhancing and can actually aid in weight loss!
Constantia Cheesery is an underground cellar in the heart of Constantia. Jane lovingly sources handcrafted farm cheeses from the small farm cheese producers. The cheeses are produced as organically as possible with no colourants, additives or preservatives. Their motto is to ‘bring the country into the town’! They are at the Tokai market every Wednesday and Saturday. Their range includes a delicious farm gouda, an award winning mature cheddar, a double cream gorgonzola (this one is ‘to die for’!), a nutty gruyere and a good range of goat’s milk cheeses and a highly recommended fresh farm butter. You can taste before you buy.
Oded’s Kitchen is more than just a preserving company. Oded’s Kitchen is part of the slow food movement which means that they produce their goods in small batches and use only the best local ingredients available – they try to source all our ingredients from within a 150km radius of CT and try their utmost to use only seasonal produce and ingredients. They also offer a take-away breakfast and lunch menu with some products – try our chorizo roll with some pickled aubergine or slow oven roasted tomatoes for a real gastronomic treat!
They offer cooking classes at their shop at the Old Biscuit Mill: preserves, traditional Jewish cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine as well as specialist classes on pates, chillies and dips.
Oded Schwartz, their head chef (although he likes to call himself a cook), has written 9 cook books (mainly on preserves, but has also written a vegetarian cook book, a cook book for a healthy heart and he is currently working on 2 others – a preserving book featuring Oded’s Kitchen range and one about recovering from illnesses). You can catch him on SABC 3 on Sundays on a show called Simcha which airs around 11:30am.