Just for fun and just because we can, we will be having a Beach Party @Tokai this Saturday (1st Sept) to welcome Spring! The lifesavers at the bar will be serving refreshments, traders will serving up some surf and turf specials and someone is going to need to take on Daphne from Stokkiesdraai for the ‘Best Dressed Award’. Kids please join us for a treasure hunt at 10:30am. See you there!
If you have not been able to visit our wonderful St Georges Market yet, this Thursday’s Public Holiday offers the perfect opportunity! The market is set in the beautiful tree lined, historical Upper St Georges Mall (btwn Wale and Church Streets, below the Cathedral) and there are a variety of delights on offer. Families can make an outing of it by visiting the market and buying some wonderful goodies and lunch options and then taking a stroll into the Company Gardens for a picnic. The Iziko Museum is open until 5pm and this is great fun for the whole family. See you there!
For the month of our 3rd Birthday, we are running an amazing competition! Send us a picture of your favourite ‘Moment of Magic’ at any of our 3 markets and, based on your feedback and the judge’s decision, we will find a winner. The prize is a 2 night couples stay at the beautiful 4 star De Noordhoek Hotel http://www.denoordhoek.co.za/ and includes a R1000 voucher to be spent at any of the shops or restaurants in the Noordhoek Farm Village. Pretty amazing!! Send us your pics by posting on our Facebook page, on Twitter @earthfairmarket or emailing email@example.com. Entries close 6th August – don’t forget to include your contact details and happy snapping!
This Saturday, 21st July, Earth Fair Market will be celebrating its 3rd Birthday. We have got through the terrible two’s (which were a lot of fun actually – with some character building trials in-between …) and are into the next exciting chapter.
We will be celebrating at Tokai with live music, hamper giveaways and our famous free hugs! Please come and join us between 9 and 2pm and let us spoil you to thank you for three years of wonderful support.
The one thing that we did not anticipate when we opened our doors 3yrs ago was how important community is in all of our lives and the market has really come to represent a bustling, healthy, family-orientated community meeting point. We do believe that some of our regulars are as comfortable sitting on our communal benches as they are in their own homes. This is indeed a special privilege!
We have opened 3 successful markets in our 3yrs in existence and we are allowing ourselves this month to bask in parental pride. We remain fiercely committed to getting people to change the way they shop and to support small, local ethical traders. We have a fabulous bunch of traders under our banner and their loyalty, passion and support has got us to where we are.
A huge thanks to all who support and enjoy the market and we pledge to only get better and better!
It is well worth paying a visit to Junaid from The Honey Connoisseur at the Tokai market every Saturday. He has a huge range of unheated, untreated and unclarified (raw) honey from all over South Africa. The list of benefits that honey has is a long one – it is full of vitamins and minerals and can be used both internally and externally.
Honey is considered one of nature’s purest foods. It is a natural anti-oxidant, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes. Honey can keep you healthy by boosting the immune system, fighting disease and treating a wide range of health problems from coughs and colds to digestive problems and arthritis. Junaid has it all – he has a soothing honey, an energiser, an anti inflammatory, a thyroid booster, a cholesterol lowerer etc!
Junaid has buckets of passion and a wealth of knowledge so please chat to him and get yourself some of Winnie’s favourite stuff!
We are thrilled to announce that, as of the middle of June, Earth Fair Market will also be found at the Noordhoek Farm Village. Noordhoek Farm Village is the heart of the Noordhoek community and is home to Bob Skinstad’s country pub, Franck Dangereux’s culinary skills, one of the Cape’s best bakeries, an eco hotel, funky shops and more. This is a perfect fit for Earth Fair Market as we value community, quality, small local producers/artisans and the environment.
Earth Fair is really looking forward to being a part of the Noordhoek Farm Village and to bringing a first of its kind of market to the Beautiful South. The vision of the market is to supply locals with good quality fresh produce and speciality goods and to providing a fun and vibey community meeting point.
Earth Fair at Noordhoek Farm Village will be held under a Bedouin tent in front of the Foodbarn and will host 20-25 of the top traders and artisans in Cape Town. Market goers can stock up on top quality fresh produce, farm cheeses and artisan breads. Once all the shopping is done, shoppers can grab a seat at the communal tables and enjoy a variety of craft beers, organic wines, stoneground flour crepes, tasty treats from the Foodbarn and sushi from De Noordhoek Hotel. Stokkiesdraai will be there with their famous biltong, there will be freshly made Crepes by Lemon Moon, Bratwursts by Top Nosh etc.
The success of the Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai and St George’s Mall has been a combination of our consistency and accessibility to everyday shoppers as well as the quality of the artisans trading at the market. We can’t wait for the launch of our 3rd market in Cape Town as we continue in our mission to make markets accessible and the support of small local, ethical producers more of a mainstream concept. We are sure that fellow foodies will be delighted to welcome this addition to the Food Scene at Noordhoek Farm Village – already well known for its’ quality restaurants TheFoodbarn, Cafe Roux and The Toad in the Village as well as the Foodbarn Deli (which will stock some of the artisan’s produce on their shelves).
Watch this space and see you there!
This Saturday (12th May) we will be spoiling Mom’s with a handmade chocolate with love from Earth Fair. Kids can make personalised gift voucher books and cards for Mom in the Little People’s Corner. (Disclaimer: Earth Fair Market takes no responsibility for any damage caused by the ‘Free Makeover’ by your ultimate Little Person voucher!)
There will be live music from the Marimba Band, a great range of fresh produce and free range meats and one of the largest ranges of on-tap craft beer in the country. See you there!
Join us at the Tokai Market this Saturday and soak up the vibey tunes of Kwanele and his fantastic Marimba Band. If you haven’t checked out our newly renovated ‘Little People’s Place’ then tomorrow is the day to do it. The kids will be making face biscuits as well as the usual fun and games and sandart. See you there (9-2pm)!
We would never disappoint you by not being at our much loved post in the beautiful St Georges Mall every Thursday. Now that we have hit the rainy season and it is time for comfort food and cosy places, we will be inside the Mandela Rhodes Building off St Georges Mall (only on rainy days). We are there to delight you, come rain or shine, every Thursday from 11-4pm. See you there!
Robin from Montague Cheese asked me to share this recipe with you. He is selling amazing halloumi cheese at his stand and says that most people do not know what to do with it. Halloumi is a hard, white goats milk cheese that squeaks when you bite it! It grills really well and is the perfect compliment to vegetables and salad. please try this one out and let us know how it goes.
Grilled halloumi and bean salad with skewered potatoes
20 baby new potatoes
200g fine green beans, trimmed
675g broad beans, shelled
200g halloumi cheese cut into 5mm slices
1 clove garlic crushed to a paste with a large pinch of salt
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cider vinegar
15g fresh basil leaves, shredded
3 tbsp chopped fresh savory
2 spring onions finely sliced
Salt and ground black pepper
4 metal or wooden skewers
Thread 5 potatoes onto each skewer and cook in a large pan of salted boiling water for about 7 mins, or until almost tender. Add the green beans and cook for 3 mins more. Tip in the broad beans and cook for just 2 mins. Drain all the vegetables in a large colander. Remove the potatoes from the colander, then refresh the cooked broad beans under plenty of cold running water. Pop each broad bean out of its skin to reveal the bright green inner bean. Place the beans in a bowl, cover and set aside.
Place the halloumi slices and the potato skewers in a wide dish. Whisk the garlic and oil together with a generous grinding of black pepper. Add to the dish and toss the halloumi and potato skewers in the mixture. Once the flames have died down, rake the coals to one side. Position a grill rack over the coals to heat.
When the coals are hot, or with a light coating of ash, heat a griddle until a few drops of water sprinkled onto the surface evaporate immediately. Place the cheese and potato skewers in the griddle and cook over the coals for about 2 mins on each side. If they over-char, move the griddle to the cooler side of the grill rack.
Add the vinegar to the oil and garlic remaining in the dish and whisk to mix. Toss in the beans, herbs and spring onions, with the cooked halloumi. Serve with the potato skewers laid alongside.