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July 16, 2009

An organic feast at the Old Biscuit Mill


Photo courtesy Nick Gray

The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock awaits those who rise early on Saturday mornings. Established in 2006 as an organic farmers’ market, it occupies an old Victorian warehouse and features more than 100 specialty traders. 

Gastronomes will marvel at the abundance of organic goods. From farm fresh produce and organic cheeses to gourmet sandwiches and decadent confections, every palate will be satisfied. Every Saturday, foodies pour into the market to indulge their taste buds with flavours from around the world. Parisian tarts and crêpes, thin-based pizzas, fragrant curries and organic chocolate will delight both young and old. For those who have worked up a thirst, organic wines and beers are on offer.

The Designgoods section of the market caters for those with a passion for the finer things in life. With more than 30 stalls selling everything from fine jewellery, vintage fashions and bespoke shoes to handcrafted furniture and ceramics, the market affords local crafters the opportunity to sell their stunning products to discerning buyers.

The 10 traders in the Kindergoods section of the market ensure that children aren’t left out of the Neighbourgoods experience. Trendy parents can choose from a wide selection of stylish garb for their tots, and kids bored of international toy conglomerates’ offerings can pick up vintage knick-knacks and games to keep them entertained.

The Neighbourgoods Market makes for a complete “green” experience. In addition to the organic goods on sale and an on-site recycling depot, the building itself is built according to eco-friendly principles. Renovated in 2006, the mill features open-face brick and sky-lights.

A perfect way to spend a chilly winter’s day, the market is open every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00. It’s located at the Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock. More information can be found on the market’s website or by contacting +27 (0)21 448 1438.

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