This post was updated on 14 March 2019.
Heading east from Cape Town? Ron Swilling recommends stopping in at these four pit stops outside Cape Town:
1. Pampoen Padstal (outside Worcester, on the R60)
A colourful display of pampoene welcomes you at this quaint farm stall. It stocks fresh fruit in season, vetplante, rusks, olives, homemade ginger beer, jams and preserves. This is also a good place to pick up the sweetest tea (and cup) cosies!
2. Affie Plaas Farm Stall (just west of Robertson on the R60 – closed Saturdays)
The ‘Daddy of all farm stalls’, as I’ve heard it called, is a cornucopia of South African delights with jars of jams and preserves, a large collection of craft beer from the area, ‘skaaptonge, skaapstertjies and 100% beef patties’ and a coffee and pressed juice bar. Homemade pies, plaasbrood and melktert are freshly-made daily.
3. Die Kloof Padstal (Montagu)
Make a stop at Die Kloof padstal to wander among the shelves stocked with all things local and lekker, and to enjoy a meal in the grassy restaurant garden while the kids explore the play area. Music every Sunday between 11 and 3 makes this a pleasant and peaceful stop for a late brekkie or lunch. Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts adjoins the building and is a convenient place to stock up on dried Cape produce.
4. Tweefontein Plaasstal (between Worcester and De Doorns, on the N1)
This welcoming farm stall offers a cup of tea and coffee on the house, as well as a glass of Hanepoort. The sign says: ‘Jy kannie sê jy was innie kaap as jy nog nie ons Hanepoort geproe het.’ (‘You can’t say that you were in the Cape if you haven’t tasted our Hanepoort yet.’) A large selection of local wines, olives, dried fruit, rooibos tea, rusks and pies fills the shop, with old favourites like moskonfyt, makataan (watermelon) and agurkies. Outside, a vine shading the stoep, heart mobiles, splashes of pink and a bevy of chickens contribute to the charm.
Words Ron Swilling