Drop in at the B’bos Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of the month, a jolly cross between a church bazaar and a community gathering that caused the first-ever traffic jam in this village!
In true go-getter style, Betsie Slippers zips through the Boerevereniging hall as if on roller skates. The fast pace is understandable, considering that what started as bartering among neighbours – lettuce for milk, a haircut for eggs – has grown into a proper farmers’ market that, once a month, attracts foodies from as far afield as Cape Town.
It’s a compact but very social affair, with 30 to 45 stalls where you can buy all sorts of stuff from the area – thankfully without paying the exorbitant prices you would in the city.
Bring a cool box, because waiting for you are, among other delights, curried tripe, cold- and hot-smoked trout, giant chickens, charcuterie, boerewors and boerewors rolls, pies, pancakes, fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs, dried fruits and nuts, homemade sourdough bread, honey, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, preserves, cakes and biscuits… And those keen to indulge their aesthetic side will love the flowers, artwork, photographs, beads, jewellery, handbags, scatter cushions, and skincare and beauty products. Even the braai wood is pretty!
MAIN PHOTO Local marketgoers are early risers. INSET AT THE TOP Betsie Slippers. INSET ABOVE Some of the market tables.
• Dates for the next three months are 30 September, 28 October and 25 November. The official hours are 09:00 to 12:00 but, because the locals are such early birds, you can arrive at 08:00 for your first cup of coffee. B-bos Plaasmark te Baardskeerdersbos in Gansbaai omgewing ( Wes-Kaap) 083 655 5545 (Betsie Slippers)