Farm stalls: a south african tradition

In South Africa, a visit to a farm stall (‘padstal’ in Afrikaans) on the side of the road is part of any good journey – it’s a great opportunity to stretch one’s legs and buy the best of local produce. Traditionally, farm stalls were a way to sell farm products. Today, the offer is bigger and farm stalls sell local products as well as crafts and very often include a restaurant.

So that’s it, here you are. Today is the D-Day to go to the Garden Route, one of the most popular areas of South Africa. Here’s a little guide of farm stalls that you can take on the road to discover these on your own or with your friends or family.

It is well known: “local is lekker”, a fashionable expression to support local production, lekker meaning nice in English.

REDBERRY FARM

If you pass near George, but especially if you are a strawberry fanatic, detour to the R404 and stop at Geelhoutboom Rd to visit Redberry Farm. You can go pick strawberries yourself or enjoy a pony ride, get lost in the labyrinth of the field or just enjoy a meal based on the flagship ingredient of the farm. The shop will also impress you with its wonders!

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Strawberry picking at Redberry Farm

TIMBERLAKE FARM VILLAGE & ORGANIC FOOD

It’s time to hit the road again. But you already feel your legs get heavier and you are now struggling to keep your eyes open. Then between Wilderness and Sedgefield, you see Timberlake Farm Village & Organic Food.

In fact, it is difficult to stop there “just for a coffee.” This is a village made up of chalets selling their specialty: condiments, clothing, wine, jewelry, plants, and more. But it’s not only that. Adventurer, you will try the acrobranch with your children.  Hungry, you will enjoy succulent meats at Zucchini restaurant. Curious, you will cross the counters in search of rare gems.

NATURE’S WAY FARM STALL

On the R102, just after Plettenberg Bay, discover the Nature’s Way Farm Stall. This traditional farmer counter offers farm products and a wide range of local cheeses including its own creation, Loredo Farm Cheese. Children will discover the milking while you will marvel at selections of jams, honey, fresh milk from the farm or olive oil taken directly from the tap, homemade bread, pesto and other condiments.

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Before leaving for an adventure day, do not hesitate to stop at Thyme & Again, just after Plettenberg Bay on the N2. Food lovers will find their happiness between jams, pies, candies, quiches, pastries, meringues, meats, cheeses and liqueurs. In short, you can expect a bit of everything here!
Of course, you will find many other Farm Stalls along the Garden Route, this is not an exhaustive list. But be sure that the farm stall is part of the South African landscape and definitely worth stopping the car to investigate further.

By Sophie Pollet

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