They’re the hot new one-stop-shops for finding everything that’s good and clean and fresh about our countryside. Here are two more we like…
Aalwyn Farm Stall Ohrigstad
The farm stall is well-signposted but on a tricky section of the R36 that snakes its way between the koppies and the Ohrigstad River. Look out for the wrought-iron signpost claiming ‘Pure Plaas’. You also can’t miss the stall’s mascot, Charlie the Jack Russell, sitting happily on a steel garden chair and watching the traffic. Aalwyn (Afrikaans for aloe vera), with its shelves of jams, chutneys and wicked jars of chillies, is on a farm belonging to the Brits family.
There is also a small nursery with succulents and aloes for sale and a collection of farm implements on display. For more than a decade, the eccentric home industry has been an outpost for the talents of local pensioners and a chance for them to earn extra cash. On Sundays, the Brits set up a kitchen where the elderly can sell takeaway vetkoek, jaffles, koeksisters and pancakes. – Samantha Hartshorne
073 261 4793
Die Pienk Padstal Kakamas
Die Pienk Padstal in Kakamas gets 15 out of 10 for being attention-catching. But besides the pinkness and the wacky collection of paraphernalia, including a water-level marking for the 1988 flood, a rusty old cab of a bakkie and a collection of signs and licence plates, there are several fascinating quotes and stories to enlighten customers. These include an anecdote about Die Donkie, a few sayings attributed to Mae West and an original Pienk Padstal message that always leaves me with a feel-good tingle as I drive away to explore the bounty of the Orange River, laden with the usual farm-stall fare. It reads: ‘We hope your journey was so far so good.
Watch out for the next so far. Open your windows and enjoy the fresh air of the Northern Cape.’ – Ron Swilling
054 431 1457