This weekend the Simondium Country Lodge hosted the charming Garden Ideas Market .
With spring around the corner, gorgeous weather predicted for the day and a chance to experience the magnificent views on offer, I was in!
(Franschhoek Wine Tram with the majestic Simonsberge in the background)
The Fish Lady from the Biscuit Mill
Julie Carter has had her Ocean Jewels stand at the Neighbourgoods market every Saturday since it first opened 7 years ago. It’s a foodie landmark and you’d be hard pressed to find someone in Cape Town who doesn’t know about her famous Tuna burger. She also does beautifully fresh things with Salmon and makes a Yellowtail spring roll that’s nigh on impossible to resist. All this, with her bubbly personality thrown in for good measure.
No introduction required
Jules sources her fish locally from around the peninsula with a guy in every port (her dad’s a commercial fisherman) and don’t try visiting Kalkbay harbour with her as you’ll never get away! Julie knows everyone in the industry, from fishermen to award winning chefs and is the tie that binds local, sustainable fishing with conscientious consumerism.
Tuna sashimi salad
Fresh waterblommetjies from Afrikara
Starlings’ Wednesday afternoon food market is a happy place – there’s no better way to describe it. It’s all dappled sunlight, bustling colours and chattering people – happy people. Traders and customers do a quick catch-up on arrival before delving into the sharing that masquerades as trading here. Money and goods are exchanged, but so are recipes, ideals and passions. It oozes bonhomie.
Matts veg, straight from the good earth
Set in the picturesque little garden at Starlings Café, it lends itself to intimacy and a sense of community. We feel it’s our very own ‘secret garden’ where traders and shoppers have become friends we look forward to spending time with each week.
Tidbits & tasters