Last chance to visit Oranjezicht City Farm's Market at Villa Zille
Words Fiona McIntosh, pics Shaen Adey, Elsje Schoeman and supplied
This Saturday is the last chance to visit the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Villa Zille before the market day relocates to its winter premises at Granger Bay in the V&A Waterfront. If you haven’t been to the current location at the premier’s residence at Leeuwenhof you’ve missed out. With straw bales out on the lawn, pony rides for kids and a whole load of passionate stallholders peddling their wares, the vibe is amazing. Make a date to check it out this Saturday, 30 May.
“People from all over the world have been amazed that our Premier opened up her residence to the community for OZCF Market Day” says Sheryl Ozinsky, a founding volunteer of the Oranjezicht City Farm. “They say that there is no politician in the world that would do such a thing. We agree. It’s been the most amazing place to host a market - the setting is unbelievable – an oasis of green in the middle of Cape Town. People bring dogs, swim in the Premier’s pool and play on the tennis courts. Now we take shelter for the winter at Granger Bay in V&A Waterfront. It’s going to be a good move and an opportunity for OZCF to broaden its mission and reach. We're ready."
The scheduled move is due to wet winter conditions that make the use of the lawns and parking area at Leeuwenhof untenable from June to October. But the new location is also an opportunity to find additional partners and new infrastructure that will help increase the availability of fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce for City Bowl residents and to provide more support for the local small-scale organic farmers that supply the market.
The Granger Bay site is near The Lookout event venue. A tented precinct for the market will be created for the winter, providing a cosy atmosphere, easy access, great views, protection from inclement weather and a safe, child-friendly set-up. There will be affordable parking for more than two hundred cars, with plenty of overflow parking in the area.
With more than 60 traders and approximately 2 500 visitors every Saturday, Market Day has a direct economic impact estimated in excess of R25 million per annum, supporting nearly 200 jobs and 75 entrepreneurial small businesses including local farms.
Trading every Saturday from 9am – 2pm, the market is a true farmer’s market with a majority of the offering being fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruit, herbs and other ingredients and pantry items such as bread, cheese, nuts, olive oil, spices, yoghurt, honey, ethically sourced meats, biltong, fish and even fresh oysters.
This is supplemented with artisanal food traders selling breakfast and lunch fare to eat at the market or for takeaway, as well as coffees, teas, juices and smoothies. Vegan, banting, gluten-free, sugar-free and other dietary preferences are catered for and you can also buy plants, compost and micro-green trays and bean sprout starter kits to create your own urban garden at home.
“The Oranjezicht City Farm’s Market Day is as much a connection for urban farmers to a local consumer as it is a great offering for Capetonians,” says David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront. “By supporting this initiative we are reaffirming our commitment to growing small business. A fresh food market and organic foods will be a wonderful addition to our winter offering.’’
MORE ABOUT OZCF
Pick your own harvests are on the first Wednesday of each month at OZCF itself. Subscribe to the newsletter or watch the OZCF Facebook group (www.facebook.com/OZCFarm) for details.
The Oranjezicht City Farm is open every day (except Sunday) from 08h00 to 16h00. If you want to wander around on your own, you are very welcome. Dogs on leashes on welcome too.