This story was updated on 20 March 2019.
Plan your weekends around local country markets and stock up on fresh, homemade treats. These are our favourites in and around the Eastern Cape…
1. Tea in the Trees Craft & Farmers Market, Cintsa
Tea in the Trees is an outdoor restaurant in a forest that hosts a bi-monthly market. Get there early as there is a lot to browse through, from home-made sweets, nougat, olives and salami to olive oil soaps, second-hand books, crystals, hand-made bamboo bird feeders and pottery.
- When: First and last Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm
- Where: Cintsa West Road
2. Lavender Blue Organic Farmers Market, between Beacon Bay and Gonubie
On the outskirts of East London, the rustic Lavender Blue café hosts a weekly market with stalls of free-range eggs, baked goodies, honey, home-made rusks and ginger beer, barista-brewed coffee, cut flowers and seasonal fruit and veg. Their blueberry frozen milkshakes are legendary. There’s even clothing – lace dresses, gorgeous blouses and Shweshwe-fabric pumps. The café is situated on a beautiful duck pond with indoor and outdoor seating.
- When: Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
- Where: Old Gonubie Road
- Contact: [email protected]; +27 (0) 43 732 1172
3. Back to Earth Night Market, Port Elizabeth
A vibey moonlight market at the Old Grey Club with a wide variety of local wares – handmade clothing, beautiful handbags, gifts, jewellery and accessories, toys, deli food and fresh produce. Look out for delicious salad dressings, chilli sauces, yoghurt ‘feta’ cheese, and natural body products. There is a food court, while the Old Grey Club also has a bar and restaurant. Adding to the festive atmosphere are various bands.
- When: First Wednesday of every month 17h00-21h00
- Where: Old Grey Sports Club, 2 Lennox Street
- Contact: +27 (0) 83 572 1858; [email protected]
4. Bedford Morning Market, Bedford
The quaint village of Bedford hosts a popular market that generally starts off with a delicious breakfast (think heart-shaped fried eggs) in a lovely tea garden. Proceeds from the tea garden go to Bedford Animal Care. At the stalls, try the amazing bakes by Elize Kietzmann (they always sell out) and Christine Morgan’s superb marmalades and specialty jams and jellies made the old-fashioned way. A mother and daughter team are behind the Lilka brand and sell their fine handcrafted soaps and candles. There are usually plants for sale, second-hand books (also in aid of Animal Care) and beautiful locally made jewellery.
- When: Last Saturday of every month, 9am to 12:30pm
- Where: The Old Vicarage, Graham Street
- Contact: [email protected]
5. Farmers Market @ The Top Shed, Cradock
One of the drawcards of this farmers market is that you can buy delicious pasta home-made with fresh farm eggs that you can take home to cook, like a real Italian. Other popular items are Karoo lamb, craft beer, fresh produce, cut flowers and kefir smoothies. Set on a beautiful Karoo farm with entertainment for the kids, this market
is an ideal family outing.
- When: Last Sunday of the month from May
- Where: Orange Grove Farm, 7km from Cradock