On your mar­ket, get set Hazel Food Mar­ket in Pre­to­ria

The gour­mands and late snooz­ers of the Jacaranda City al­ways set off (even­tu­ally) for the Hazel Food Mar­ket, where you can ex­pect to find all things de­li­cious from across the globe.

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Af­ter a crazy week (or wild Fri­day night), some­times a sub­ur­ban­ite just needs a lit­tle lie-in, is the story any res­i­dent of Pre­to­ria will tell you. So why on earth would you want to visit the renowned Bo­ere­mark (which we pro­filed in Plat­te­land #2) at the crack of dawn if a trip later in the day would work just as well?

Just don’t make the mis­take of as­sum­ing the Hazel Food Mar­ket to be a sec­ond or con­so­la­tion prize for those who need an ex­tra dose of du­vet time. This mar­ket, started by Retha van Hoven on 24 Jan­uary 2009 with only 18 stalls, was in­spired by the Euro­pean mar­kets she fell in love with when she worked for French car man­u­fac­turer Peugeot.

“I of­ten had to travel to France for work and found that ev­ery neigh­bour­hood had its own lit­tle food mar­ket where peo­ple from the sur­round­ing area could buy fresh prod­ucts and baked goods di­rectly from the pro­duc­ers. I’m talk­ing about au­then­tic foods, made prop­erly from the best in­gre­di­ents, which is why so many Euro­peans do their weekly shop­ping at mar­kets like this. Un­like us, they don’t run down to the su­per­mar­ket for ev­ery item they need,” she says.

“I also hoped the mar­ket would res­onate with the staff of the many em­bassies in Pre­to­ria. But, eight years later, it’s not only them who sup­port us but also many lo­cal res­i­dents who come here to buy their meat, fruit, veg­eta­bles, cheese, eggs, bread and other goods they need for the week­end or week ahead.”

When Plat­te­land vis­ited, the ta­bles and benches un­der the shade trees were packed and buzzing, but there was plenty of room for me­an­der­ing and tast­ing at the 70 or more stalls. And the food! If you don’t want to try the fa­mous Zak­saties, vetkoek, koek­sis­ters, bo­ere­wors rolls or bil­tong from ra­dio per­son­al­ity Izak du Plessis, there are treats from Greece, the Nether­lands, Poland, In­dia, Le­banon, Thai­land, Mex­ico, Por­tu­gal, Switzer­land, Korea, In­donesa, the US, Italy…

We just wish some­one had warned us not to eat break­fast be­fore we went. • The mar­ket is open ev­ery Satur­day from 08:00 to 14:00 and can be found next to the Green­lyn Vil­lage Cen­tre at the cor­ner of Thomas Edi­son and Macken­zie streets, Menlo Park.

The Hazel Food Mar­ket of­fers loads of shaded seat­ing where you can tuck into del­i­ca­cies from all four cor­ners of the world.

IN­SET Retha van Hoven, who started this mar­ket in 2009.

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