Monday, January 14, 2013

The Harkerville Market - Plettenberg Bay

The Harkerville Market
Guest blog: Janet Middleton
Harkerville Market - Plett
Organic Vegetables - Plettenberg Bay

The Harkerville Market is a delightful organic food and craft market located halfway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, and less than 5 minutes from Fynbos Ridge

This Saturday market has been going for over 10 years and is very popular with both visitors and locals alike. The fresh produce and speciality foods are the perfect compliment to the unique arts and crafts on offer.

Harkerville Market Breads

Harkerville Market Breads
Before you buy breakfast, have a starter of Ile de Pain
bread and homemade  strawberry jam!

The food market surrounds a large field, filled with benches, umbrellas and large trees encouraging visitors to stay a while and enjoy their fresh purchases. A Market specialty is the “Bush Breakfast” at the Bundu Breakfast stall, which is served al fresco, but with all the fresh bread, pastries, select cheeses and cured meats on offer at the various stalls one might easily put together a sublime continental picnic breakfast to enjoy on the spot!

Harkerville Market Cheeses
Paul Page - The Cheeseman 

The fresh produce is often seasonal with pomegranates, strawberries, grapes and cherries all fresh from the fields. Staples of the market fresh produce include spinach, herbs, lettuce and fresh cut flowers – all organic. Over and above the fresh produce, breads, cheeses, meats and flowers, one can stock up on preserves and pickles (which make the most wonderful gifts), sauces and pestos, and sample a variety of specialities honey, fudge, chocolate, dried fruit and nuts. Every visit offers some new delight or delicacy!

Harkerville Market Flowers

The crafters market is unique and varied and includes woodwork, beadwork, African artwork, clothing, jewellery, needlework and all sorts of useful bits and bobs. All locally produced and very well priced – this is one of the best spots that I know of to shop for Christmas and birthday presents and to stock up on gifts! A true South African “flea market”!

Harkerville Market Beach
Well known artist Gordon Legg has a popular stall at the Harkerville Market
If you happen to have a Saturday on the Garden Route, The Saturday Market at Harkerville should be an essential stop for a spot of morning shopping or browsing or a bite to eat. The market even has a wonderful children’s playground – so there really is something for everyone!

Visit their website for a full list of stockists:

Harkerville Market

Harkerville MarketHarkerville Market Bread

Harkerville Market Stalls
Harkerville Market Woodwork

Harkerville Market Fish

Harkerville Market Art

Harkerville Market Art

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