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Food and Crafts at Lourensford Market in Somerset West (2018-12-16) Markets | Photo Gallery 20 JUL 2019

I do think that it is impossible not to love the Lourensford Market experience. Situated on the gloriously scenic (and historic) Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, everything about a visit to this well run (and well supported) market screams class, from the well maintained estate, manicured gardens, and exquisite sculptures, all the way through to its excellent vendor space.

The traders themselves are a wonderfully diverse lot, with delicacies from all around the world on offer, some good wine, beer and ciders available, and loads of sweet treats wherever you look, all mixed in with a creative mishmash of art, clothing and craft stalls. (And on this particular visit, even a 3D Printing booth).

The live music and excited vibe completes the experience, and as if all of that isn’t enough, then there is still the rest of experiences of the estate itself on offer – wine tasting, a coffee shop or two, art galleries, clay pigeon shooting, and thanks to the recent(ish) introduction of the MOTOR Studio, even vintage cars on display!

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Paardevlei and Lourensford Markets (2015-08-29) Photo Gallery 09 SEP 2015

Two weekends ago, Jessica, Emily and I headed out bright and early to catch the opening weekend for two Somerset West markets, namely the brand new Paardevlei Farmers Market and the reopening (following the disastrous storm damage earlier in the year) of the enjoyable Lourensford Harvest Market.

IMG_20150829_101759 at paardevlei farmers market

Paardevlei is a massive 700 ha area of land that used to belong to explosives manufacturer AECI, and which has since been bought and rezoned by the City of Cape Town. The property is home to three heritage buildings designed by Sir Herbert Baker, and is currently a mixture of things, including high-end residential units, business units, a Cheetah Outreach programme, a brand new hospital, a brewery (Triggerfish), and a host of very rundown industrial-looking sites – and then there is of course the revitalized vlei itself.

Anyway, Paardevlei Farmers Market, run by Elsje Schoeman, is certainly brand new – and unfortunately it shows.

First problem – it’s quite tricky to find it, given Paardevlei’s size, and rundown, work-site nature (further in). Whilst I love the outdoor art installations that line the newer, developed roads, this didn’t help one bit in finding the actual market, meaning that in the end I gave up and followed everyone else, eventually arriving at the place we needed to be.

In other words, signage. They’re going to need a lot of it. (On that note, they should actually take a leaf out of the excellent Century City Natural Goods Market’s signage approach, who share a similar problem of being tricky to find! I remember this well, seeing as we used to trade there quite often back in the day…)

The market itself is housed inside what appears to be a disused factory building, meaning tights spaces, dark spots, and when there are lots of people milling about inside, a hint of claustrophobia. That said, the live music created a lively atmosphere and you certainly could’t fault the vibe one bit.

All the usual food-based and fresh produce type stalls were present and accounted for, and I’m sure over the next couple of weeks some more craft stalls will throw their lot in as well.

IMG_20150829_101810 at paardevlei farmers market

There isn’t much public seating available yet, and things do feel a little primitive at the moment (though perhaps that is part of the charm), but there is plenty of parking in what at the end of the day is quite an interesting area and not one that locals find themselves ever visiting.

However, the tight, noisy, busy spaces wasn’t ideal for me, my toddler or my four year old little girl, and so we didn’t hang around for very long at all!

IMG_20150829_112053 jessica lotter at the lourensford harvest market

Already a favourite of ours, Lourensford Harvest Market is a much more kid friendly market, and I’m happy to report, the structural changes made following the storm damage is definitely all on the positive side (though I am a little sad to lose the grass area).

The first big change is how you access the market – essentially they’ve now rerouted the parking to a field behind the market, where you can take either a convenient tractor ride or short stroll along the ground road, past the vineyards (in bloom!) to the new main entrance for the market (although it doesn’t look like the main entrance at all – signage, signage, signage!).

Lots of new seating options have been added, the grass area swapped out for a gravel covered one (allows for more tables to be put down), and of course, sturdier roof structures covering the main stall layout (which hasn’t changed at all in case you were wondering).

No fresh produce, but loads of food and craft stalls, and of course, the live music was an absolute treat. There is space, a giant jumping castle field for the kids, and a good vibe – meaning that this was a much better market for the girls and me!

IMG_20150829_120757 jessica lotter enjoying her tractor ride at the lourensford harvest market

We bought a new bedtime story book, ate pancakes (damn it Pure Pancakes, fix your recipe already so that my mouth doesn’t dry out and taste of baking powder at the end of each pancake devouring session), and indulged in some delicious chocolate fudge (which the girls couldn’t get enough of!)

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Oh, and Jessica’s favourite part without a doubt was the tractor ride back up to the car at the end of a ‘lekker’ morning out with my girls! :)

Related Link: Paardevlei Farmers Market | Lourensford Harvest Market

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…)

Cheesecake at the Lourensford Harvest Market My Life 11 MAR 2015

With Jessica and Emily having slept over at Monty and Cheryl’s place on Saturday evening to allow Chantelle and myself enjoy a rare date night together, we found ourselves childless on a beautiful Sunday morning – and so with no actual morning children chores required of us for a change, we headed out to Somerset West, making our way to the beautiful and celebrated Lourensford Harvest Market (a particular favourite of Chantelle).

IMG_20150308_101636 lourensford harvest market in somerset west

Since it launched in October 2014, the Lourensford Harvest Market has received rave reviews and simply put, its layout is one of the nicest around – with food, craft and fashion stalls arranged in a big, shaded horseshoe shape around a big patch of lawn where both young and old, two and four legged visitors can frolic freely.

There are plenty of tables and chairs surrounding the grassy patch, all in the shade, with lovely views of the Hottentots Holland mountains to complement the setting. These days you can even be lucky and snag one of the gorgeous white leather couches they have scattered about!

The Lourensford Harvest Market trades every Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00 and features around 77 stall spaces, including the odd food truck or two, all filled with some pretty amazing, handpicked vendors.

As expected from a market, a wide selection of varied foods and treats are available, plus some great examples of art and crafts, all handmade of course! For me, probably the most interesting of the lot is the Funki Fungi stall which features all sorts of dried and gourmet mushrooms – most of which I’ve never ever seen before to be quite honest!

However, this time around it was the cheesecake stall that won us over, and so we selected two cuts to share, namely a carrot cake with cheesecake combo, and a peanut butter cheesecake creation – both of which were particularly rich and delicious I’ll have you know!

IMG_20150308_103830 cheesecake and coffee at the lourensford market

Finally, and yet another big plus, the live music was absolutely fantastic (sadly, I don’t know the bearded artist’s name) – the guitar strumming singer’s sound and vocals suiting the summery and lively market atmosphere perfectly! Seriously, it is no wonder that this market keeps bringing in all these rave reviews! :)

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