The Fair Earth Fair Market
Fresh produce, fresh products and fresh food!
Bringing fresh, organic, healthy food and produce to the suburbs
Seven years ago Jacqui and her partner, Peter got concerned about big food companies and their unethical corporate food ways, and so they decided that instead of just complaining they would do something about their concerns. That something has become one of Cape Town’s, southern suburbs biggest and most successful food markets.
Originally the idea was to create a Young Designers Emporium for food, but over time it has developed into something so much more.
“I wanted to provide a space for small and ethical producers to sell their goods, and for communities to reconnect with each other and their food,” so says passionate owner, Jacqui.
Initially Jacqui aimed to create a market that where you could sit down to a delectable snack (or breakfast and lunch) but the idea grew and it became important to be able to also do your weekly shopping here, and so the offerings expanded to include fresh bread, organic yogurt, local vegetables and seasonal fruit, you can even buy your raw dog food and biodynamic cleaning products at the market.
Once the Saturday market was on its way, Jacqui expanded to include Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Originally the traders were a little hesitant as, until then, no night market had been a real success, but that was about to change. Over time, the locals spread the word and soon the Earth Fair Market become a buzzing evening affair. Today you can go to the market and find it pulsating with all types of people, from all over Cape Town.
“Now Wednesday is a thriving night where people bring the kids, neighbours, aunties and have dinner and some drinks and even buy a couple of bags of groceries at the same time.”
Two years after the Earth Fair Market started in Tokai, the City of Cape Town approached Jacqui to find out if she could open up a similar market in St Georges Mall.
“That was the birth of the most beautiful street market in the city. It is the most dynamic and thriving market and we love working with the City of Cape Town and its partners. It’s inspiring.”
So what makes the Earth Fair Market a gem in the suburbs? It doesn’t take you long to work it out. As soon as you enter, you are hit with smiles, laughter and general chit-chat as friends greet each other and traders embrace clients that they have known for years. The food is mouth-watering, from home-made ice-creams with seasonal flavours, to freshly fried samosas. There are jars and jars of delicious relishes, jams and chutneys to go with locally created cheeses and of course the home-made bread!
The Tokai Earth Fair Market brings together a sense of community and warmth to all who come visit.
You can find out more at: www.earthfairmarket.co.za
Tokai Earth Market is open every Saturday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm Open every Wednesday 3.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Earth Fair Food Market is in the South Palms Centre (same location as Builders Warehouse and Reader’s Warehouse in Tokai Main Rd). Turn into the South Palms Centre and go to Block 3 on the right, Earth Fair is behind Bathroom Bizarre.
Photo’s credited to Tokai Earth Fair Market