Earth Fair Market – Tokai
I’ll reiterate that we are absolutely spoiled when it comes to food markets in Cape Town. This last week I finally got around to visiting the Earth Fair Market in Tokai.
I like night markets. As great as it is having your breakfast somewhere nice on a saturday morning, there’s also something to be said for spending the evening having a few too many local beers and trying different curries or smoked fish dishes which you couldn’t justify for breakfast (unless you’re Ben then any time is curry time).
The Earth Fair Markets offer you both a night and morning option on Wednesdays (3-8) and Saturdays (9-2) respectively in Tokai and a further market at St Georges mall on Thursday (11-5). Being indoors makes this another attractive option for your weekly market fix during the cold, wet and windy winter months.
Upon entering the market, you are first greeted by a large bar – selling some really nice ales on tap- a rarity in SA. I particularly enjoyed the Honey Blonde – a delicious, light ale. It was also nice to see cider represented by Eversons and a selection of organic wines. Some other market favourites have also found a home at this market – origin coffee and Dr Juice were present along with by nature, Gourmet Pantry, Odeds kitchen and the very well priced spice stall I visited at City Bowl Market.
We tasted some delicious home made spinach and ricotta cannelloni and a range of preserves from Helenas Deli-licious – I really liked her little pot warming set up – it was nice to try her ready made meals warm. One of my favourite products came from More sauce and relish – a biltong relish and her chilli sauces were really good as well. Other great home made offerings came from Top Nosh – brightly coloured bags of macaroons, gluhwein (perfect for the winter) and Rosenkuchen – beautiful, flamboyant, sweet and crispy. As a pre dinner snack we had some vegetable spring rolls with curried butternut – an unusual but welcomes alternative to the typical fillings.
Unusual stalls present included one giving information on solar water heaters and energy efficient lighting and another selling great clay pizza ovens – tasting the pizza was enough to convince me to have one – unfortunately it won’t fit in my back pack when I eventually have to leave
We were impressed by the variety of local fruit and vegetables on sale. Including some fantastic looking Jerusalem artichokes (when I figure out what to do with them, I’ll buy some!). There was also a lovely selection of local cheeses from Constantia cheesery and Montague farm cheese.
This market really shone for me in its provision of free range and sustainable produce. Free range eggs were available from organic fair – nice to see. But two stalls really stood out as ones I will be regularly visiting. First up – the stunning free range charcuterie produced by Martin Raubenheimer of Cure Charcuterie. I’d found Martin on Twitter whilst looking for free range bacon and other pork products in Cape Town. Sourcing meat from the near by Breede River area, Martin is dedicated to only using well reared meat in his truly “premium” products. At R35 for a large and R20 for a small pack of bacon, this is really money well spent. I thank Martin for putting up with my excited squealing and am really looking forward to seeing what other pork based delights he can produce! Second of my best stalls of the day was Delicious Fish. Manned by a lovely gentleman from Blackpool, this stall was proudly displaying a SASSI leaflet in addition to its range of sustainable snoek and angelfish. Probably the best Snoek pate I’ve had The smoked angelfish made a fantastic contribution to our Eat for the Earth lunch.
Friends and I will be back at Earth Fair Market in Tokai tonight to hand out SASSI leaflets and discuss ocean conservation for World Oceans day! Visit the Earth Fair Market website for more information.