No Lourensford Harvest Market next Sunday Event News 02 JUN 2015

Chantelle is quite fond of (and indeed, so am I) the Lourensford Harvest Market, a farmer’s market held every Sunday on the Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West. They have a great vendor selection (food, arts and crafts), good live entertainment, and an excellent outdoor atmosphere, not to mention a very professional stall setup.

Sadly however, if you were looking to make the trip through to the market next Sunday, don’t bother.

Monday evening saw a massive storm hit the Helderberg, with the gusting winds completely ravaging Gordon’s Bay, Strand and Somerset West. Indeed, here in Country Mews, quite a few houses lost barge boards off of their roof (been there, done that), my neighbour’s backyard was completely torn apart with corrugated sheets flying everywhere, and I needed to run and retrieve my black bin (not the stolen one) that had made a trek halfway around the complex! (We also nearly managed to run out of power on the same evening – spotted the meter just as it dipped to under 1.75 units left!)

Needless to say, the Lourensford Harvest Market setup wasn’t spared.

The team announced the following on Facebook, along with these photos:

Mother Nature came out in full force yesterday, causing major damage to our beloved market area. Your safety and comfort is our main concern, so unfortunately we cannot open the Lourensford Harvest Market this weekend as we repair its infrastructure. We will keep you updated on the progress and when we plan to re-open the market.

lourensford harvest market wind damage to stalls 1

lourensford harvest market wind damage to stalls 2

lourensford harvest market wind damage to stalls 3

Ouch.

So yeah, just in case you were planning on heading out that way on Sunday… don’t.

If you are looking for an alternative though, both Root 44 at Audacia and Blaauwklippen Family Market should fit the bill quite nicely.

Oh, and just in case you thought the worst in terms of storm is over – well Councillor Stuart Pringle has just warned the Helderberg and surrounding residents to prepare for severe weather and rainfall this week.

Wonderful. (Though, we do need the rain of course…)

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