The Oranjezicht City Farm Market (OZCF) at Granger Bay has to be one of my favourite markets as it boasts a great variety of food, local produce, products and loads more.
Market day essentials
The Market is a plastic-free environment so if you know you are heading to the market for the morning, don’t forget your reusable kit. My reusable kit consists of the following: shopping bags, fruit and veggie bags, dry goods bags (I’m hoping the market will start to stock #plasticfree dry goods) food containers, cutlery and my travel coffee mug.
The market is an undercover outdoor market which has inside and outside space and the floor of the entire market is covered in woodchips. If it’s a rainy day be sure to take a raincoat as you will get slightly wet when you enter the market and when you move in between the tents.
The market is also dog-friendly so you can bring the whole family. However, dogs are not allowed in the food tents.
Most of the traders use SnapScan, so if you don’t have the app on your phone then I suggest you download it beforehand and set up your account. I myself regularly use SnapScan at markets, restaurants and even for parking in town. If you would like to know more about SnapScan click here.
A little bit of everything
The market is split into zones, so if you are entering from the parking lot, to the left, you will find local products, antiques, plants, flowers and more. In the middle, you will find the deli tent which has some amazing vegan desserts, bread and other delicacies. The outdoor seating is on the right which consists of large tables where people from all over Cape Town, as well as abroad all sit together to enjoy the food, the atmosphere and each others company. Past the deli tent, is the fruit and veg tent and beyond that is the food tent.
Locally grown fruit and veg
As my aim is to shop plastic free, The OZCF Market is the perfect place for me to do my weekly fruit and veg shopping. The fruit and veg tent is located in the middle of the market and boasts a large variety of locally grown produce. It really is very simple, you grab a basket, load it with all your favourites and take it to the counter to be weighed. I usually pay with SnapScan but I think they also have card machines.
If you forgot your reusable bag, the market can provide you with a free cardboard box, or you can purchase a reusable and recyclable brown paper bag for R25 or buy reusable baskets from R200.
At the far end of the market is the food tent which has quite a few vegan options. Don’t be surprised to find 100% vegan stalls as well as many other stalls that offer vegan options. You can expect vegan breakfast bowls, vegan burgers, vegan wraps and even vegan waffles. If you go to the market often, you can literally try a different vegan dish every time. There is also a great variety of drinks available from fresh juice, to kombucha to coffee (yes they do have dairy-free milk and you do have to pay extra for it)
Many of the traders offer biodegradable food packaging and utensils if you forget your reusable kit. But if you buy coffee and bring your own reusable mug, your coffee gets discounted by R5.
If your plan is to go to the market for some food, or local produce, I highly recommend you browse through the various stalls selling local products. I personally love to support local and often buy locally made products as gifts for my friends and family. You will find gorgeous jewellery, fashion, beauty and homeware products right at the OZCF Market.
When and Where?
The OZCF Market is located at Granger Bay Boulevard, next to the V&A Waterfront, and is held every Saturday from 08.15 to 2pm and every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Entry is free, and you can enter the market from either The Granger Bay Parking Lot next door, or the 2nd entrance on Beach Road. You can enter ‘Oranjezicht City Farm Market” into google maps to find the location.
If you have been to the OZCF Market, please tell me all about it in a comment below. To see what other markets and festivals I have been to, have a look here. And click here, to see my post about the vegan popsicles I bought at the OZCF Market.
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