Joburg is bustling with markets lately. A weekend market visit has become somewhat of a ‘must do’ in Joburg if you want to remain hip and happening. We’ve seen the inner city market culture thrive with Neighbourgoods and Market on Main, and now the suburbanites are getting a little taste of the market culture with the Fourways Farmers Market.
Right across from Monte Casino, Fourways Farmers Market is a relatively newish market that really has outdown itself. Walking into the market had me reminiscing about the Sedgefield Market that I always visit when I’m down in that part of the world – walking through through trees in the veld and being welcomed into a colourful and busy world of delicious food and pretty goods. I absolutely love that Fourways has created such a country style market.
The market is still slightly small but they have all the stalls that you need. Coffee, Champagne, craft beer, cheese, preserves, fruit and veg, meat, cooked meals and mouth wateringly delicious sweet treats.
Once you have picked up something to eat you can perch yourself on a bale of hay or on one of the benches and enjoy the vibe and good food. The soulful sounds of a musician playing a few peaceful tunes sets the mood even more – think Jack Johnson kind of songs. All coming together for a great way to spend your Sunday.
I had one of the lamb pita’s that was very tasty but at R50 a pop, I thought a bit expensive for what you get. Balkan Burgers also have set up at the market as well as pizza, Israeli schwarma’s, and hot dogs. A lot of the food stalls are the same as what you would find at Neighbourgoods.
Remember to save a spot in your belly for dessert – Belgium waffles, giant pancakes, Poffertjes, ice cream and tarts. I suggest everyone in your group getting something different so you can all have a taste of everything.
The market has become very popular, so be prepared to park quite far away in the veld (a little bit of bundu bashing is required), and to possibly stand in a few queues. It really is worth it though!
The Fourways Farmers Market is on every Sunday from 9am – 2pm, on the corner of William Nicol and Montecasino Boulevard.