If you would like a relaxed Saturday morning outing just a short distance from 26 on First, consider visiting the charming Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day. Open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, it’s currently held at Leeuwenhof, the official residence of the Western Cape Premier. The address is Hof Street, Oranjezicht, This is expected to be a temporary venue until the farm site has been modified to cope with an ever increasing popularity.
The original farm Oranjezicht, close to Cape Town’s city centre dates back to 1709. Cape Town Castle had already been built with 5 imposing bastions, one of which was named Oranje. The land overlooking the Oranje point had a good view of it – hence the farm was called Oranjezicht (Oranje View).
The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) has been developed on part of the original farmland. In 2010, the land in the middle of this residential area was a disused bowling green that was being inhabited by vagrants. With the permission of the City of Cape Town, a number of civic organisations in the area took it upon themselves to fence it off and to start developing it for community use. In the later part of 2012 into 2013, the OZCF was born – a little postage stamp of the original farm was once again under agriculture, now providing small scale food production right in the middle of a bustling city.
The Saturday market is a project initiated by OZCF to help fund it.
Settled in the picturesque shadow of Table Mountain, expect something special when you visit. The market is a celebration of all good things pertaining to the concept and culture of this unique community farm. The organic vegetable gardens are maintained by volunteers with the produce available for sale at the market. There is a plethora of produce – fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, herbs, olive oil, organic dairy, honey, muesli, artisan breads, the list is endless. If you are vegan or vegetarian, a raw foodie or Banting fanatic, you will find something to suit your dietary needs here. There are also gardening products such as seedlings, plants and fertilizer available. Many locals visit every Saturday to stock up on their week’s supply. When you are on holiday in Cape Town, it’s always great to go where the locals go – then you are seeing real city life unfold before you.
Local farmers and purveyors of healthy foods man the stalls. Once you’ve finished browsing, relax at one of the communal tables, enjoying an organic cappuccino or freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice. Breakfasts are available in many different forms. Bring the whole family as there is a lovely entertainment area for children and they will be kept well occupied.
The emphasis at the Market Day is on fresh and healthy food. It is a food market, so you won’t find other stalls with jewellery or fashion items.
If you are not available on a Saturday, the farm itself is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm. You are invited to walk around the farm and see how it is operated. It will give you lots of ideas to take home with you. The farm is on the corner of Upper Orange Street and Sidmouth Ave. You’ll find their website at www.ozcf.co.za.