One of my many food-related passions in life are food markets. A Saturday morning spent at a market intentionally planned around eating and buying good, wholesome food is a part of my ideal morning routine. Last Saturday my sister and I traveled to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, which is now located in Granger Bay. Our market feasting adventure was not only meant for buying organic veggies, baked treats and a hearty breakfast but also to feed our souls. The Oranjezicht Market does a good job of soul feeding. Ah man, I JUST LOVE FOOD MARKETS.
First things first: I arrive at the market, hungry and slightly uninspired by the Cape Town’s typically windy weather. My mood and hair a mess, I headed straight for a latte from Journey. Although I had the intention of ordering a super healthy green juice – caffeine and frothy milk won me over. As they do every morning. My latte made everything better. The flavours were delicate and drinkable straight away – boiling hot coffee is the worst – exactly what I needed. Journey and their slogan – let the froth be with you – both get a thumbs up.
We explored the market further, captivated by the array of organic fruits and vegetables. One of the stalls had baobab seeds and fresh turmeric for sale, which essentially sums up how unique the vast selection of foods available at the Oranjezicht Market are. I bought a bunch of carrots to take home and made this recipe as a side dish for dinner that night.
It was time for breakfast and after much deliberation I chose the shakshuka from Sababa. Eggs are always a win for brekky – mix in spicy tomato goodness and you can’t go wrong. Sababa is a local food company with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. They serve delicious food made with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients. I’m currently writing this blog post on a cloudy Monday morning, heartbroken from the separation my shakshuka breakfast and I have to endure this week.
Before we left the market, we bought macarons from Martin Senekal’s pastry stall. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again – best macarons in Cape Town. My favourite flavours are cinnamon and rose, but I love ALL of them. Do yourself a favour, go to The Oranjezicht City Farm Market and buy some macarons. You deserve it.
Not having to make your own breakfast: *singing* shakshuka! shakshuka! shakshukaaaa!
Dogs are allowed: dogs deserve to go on weekend adventures too.
The Cape Town wind: I totally get that weather is seasonal – but Cape Town’s wind can be truly damaging this time of year. Luckily, you’ll only have to endure the South-Easter while walking from your car to the market, most of the stalls are protected from any bad weather.
The parking: Always an issue. I won’t ramble on over the uninteresting topic of bad parking – I’m sure no one wants to hear it. Walk the little bit extra, it’s worth it for a crazy good ice cream from Moro.
WHAT TO EAT: The shakshuka from Sababa. And all of the coffee. Right now.
WHAT TO GIVE A MISS: Nothing. I missed out on the market’s freshly pressed juices and I’m filled with regret.
WHAT TO COME BACK FOR: The vast selection of organic fruits and vegetables. Stock up for the week ahead and enjoy breakfast smoothies, delicious homemade meals and cooking with local ingredients.
Contact the Oranjezicht City Farm Market: www.ozcf.co.za + email@example.com.