Don’t eat unhealthy MacWimpSters and funny little flat hamburgers, the weird, pale and slightly stale chips and the superannuated salads.
The best way to eat healthy food is to find a great farm stall and there are many in South Africa just waiting to be experienced.
Farm stalls are where you get real food, made with real ingredients by real people, and are often made with love. Some farm stalls are fabulous, some ok, but all of them are real and true and they reflect the culture in which they operate.
Real food, Real People, Real Local Travel, because local is lekker!
Orchard Farm Stall
where they smoke their own sausages
This is the first of three big farm stalls as you head out over the mountains from Cape Town. It has been around for ages and has had its ups and downs with various owners, but the newest ones seem to be making a determined effort to get it back to its earlier great standard.
They make their own biltong and sausage including a range of speciality German sausages, some of which they smoke themselves. The cake fridge is laden with continental-style confectionery including typical German cheese-cake, and they bake biscuits and buy in preserves from local suppliers.
It’s a great place for kids and dogs as it is fenced.
a mind-blowing combination of farm stall, coffee shop and purveyor of weird country paraphernalia
There is nowhere quite like Dassiesfontein. It’s not one of those quiet, restful farm stalls. It’s a mind-blowing combination of farm stall, coffee shop and purveyor of weird country paraphernalia. Seriously. Want a coal stove? A three-legged missionary pot? Or perhaps enamel cookware in every imaginable colour? This is your spot.
They grow their own wheat and grind and bake their own flour into real farm bread, they make moerkoffie on the fire, and there are bookoms hanging in the shop.
The menu tends towards traditional fare like bobotie waterblommetjiebredie, kaaiings on home-made farm bread, and even perlemoen because Hermanus and Gansbaai are just down the road.
You can go wild here and buy all kinds of preserves, dried fruit, nuts, rusks, olive oil and of course, bokkoms.
a great breakfast stop
This is a great place to have breakfast as you are heading out of Cape Town. Not sure whether its was a defensive strategy after dealing with too many Harry-met-Sally-type Meg Ryan customers, but they offer a build-it-yourself breakfast with all the elements – e.g. rashes of bacon, fried egg, tomato – priced seperately. Meg Ryan would love it.
As well as the deconstructed brekkies, they also serve the usual toasties, burgers and pancakes, and salads made from veggies picked out at back. And of course, tea, coffee, and sweet things.
They sell fresh fruit in season, preserves, olive oil, home bakes including bread and mosbolletjies (you don’t see that often) and a range of gifts and cute things.
as serendipitously beautiful as the colourful blooms …in their brief spring flowering
Other than a petrol station fast-food joint, this is your only stop between Clanwilliam and Springbok. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere, it is as hardy as the small, brown succulents, and as serendipitously beautiful as the colourful blooms that adorn them in their brief spring flowering. If you just turn up out of season you can get good moerkoffie and rusks and or biscuits.
In season, they do breakfast with farm bread and farm butter, and traditional boerekos lunches. Out of season they will do lunch or breakfast if you book ahead. They sell a small range of local preserves and olives, and the shop is filled with a fascinating and eclectic collection of old furniture and stuff.
This place is well rooted in its environment, proudly sells local succulent plants from its small nursery, and offers guided or unguided geological and / or botanical trails. The succulents usually bloom from about mid-April to June, and the bulbs and other flowers from about mid-June to September.
Rietdakkie Farm Stall
yummy roosterkoek to set you up for the whole day
There are no tables so it’s not a good place to park off for a while, but if you are passing any time soon after 10:00-ish, it’s worth stopping for a super-fresh, soft, yummy roostekoek with lashings of butter and cheese or curry mince. It’ll set you up for the whole day.
They sell a range of preserves, most of which they make themselves from fruit from their own farm, and also the usual range of dried fruit, nuts, olives and olive oil.
The entrepreneurial nine-year-old daughter of the owner grows pumpkins, butternuts and other veggies in her own garden and sells them in the stall – she’s going to have a nice little nest egg by the time she finishes high school.
Stock up on some pomegranate jam and, when you get home, pour it over some vanilla ice cream.
The Quilt Shed
An oasis of light, colour, fabulous food and fantastic fabrics
The sheer colour and vibrancy of this place would be pretty amazing almost anywhere, but in the drab, brown karoo it’s like walking into a kaleidoscope, or diving over a coral reef. Owner Nell-Marie van Eeden is a quilter of note, and stocks the widest range of quilting fabric in South Africa. Yes, in Philipstown in the middle of the Northern Cape Karoo.
There is a back room where keen quilters ply their thread, and a small coffee shop where you can have a good lunch or something sweet to munch.
They also sell a range of local preserves and Karoo lamb and mutton. Coffee is usually filter but they can pull a pod espresso if you ask nicely.
Very well-behaved dogs (of reasonable size) on leads are welcome, but Lappies, the resident rescue dog, rules the roost. So if he objects, your pooch will have to stay outside.
Daggaboer Farm Stall
no they don’t farm it, sell it or serve it in cookies
Pretty much in the middle of nowhere halfway between Cradock and Cookhouse on the N10, this little farm stall is a real oasis of colour, good food and crystal-clear spring water. I arrived there on a hot day to be met at the door by a lovely lass offering samples of ice-cold home-made ginger beer and lemonade. That was a good start and it only got better.
It’s not a big place and it is just stuffed to the gunwales with local preserves, bakes, arts and crafts, locally produced mohair goods, books and all manner of things.
Like many places in the Karoo, the spot was chosen because it is on a strong, deliciously fresh spring and they sell their fabulously refreshing ice-cold bottled water. They also do traditional roostekoek, which you can choose to have with jams and/or biltong pate and biltong, or with curry mince and cheese. They make mean spinach quiche.
This place was voted South Africa’s best farm stall in 2011 by a local travel mag – and I think I can see why.
Pets are not discriminated against, but the road is close by, not fenced, and cars and trucks speed past at quite a pace. Also, Gushu the cat rules, so dogs had just better be aware.
Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop & Farm stall
The little piggly that grew and grew
Piggly Wiggly started out as a traditional little farm stall and it grew and grew. And grew.
The core of this huge farm mall is still the Piggly Wiggly Stall, where you can buy all manner of rural and semirural produce and gifts, and have a pleasant sit-down meal, but there is so much more.
There are 23 different shops ranging from furniture to handbags, and there is a mini-golf, ceramic painting and candle dipping for the little ones.
Three fat pigs deli sells the whole range of Indezi River goat’s-milk cheeses as well as all the usual expected preserves and other yummy munchies.
There’s a pizza place, and the chocolate shop is a veritable magnet.
Peet se Padstal
real bushveld padstal
This huge establishments offers lots of things to buy, ranging from preserves, biltong, mampoer and bakes to furniture an clothes – all with a bit of bushveld flair. It’s also a bit of a general dealer.
The restaurant is relatively simple, with pies, pancakes and sandwiches, but their specality is pap en kaaiings. In case you don’t know (and I confess I did not) kaaiings are – depending on whom you ask – either rendered animal fat or deep-fried fat and pap – as you probably do know – is maize porridge. I guess it’s not a big thing in the Western Cape but I was to find this on quite a few menu’s in Limpopo and North West, so that goes to support my theory that farm-stall menu’s and farm-stall styles reflect the region better than almost other type of establishments. That’s why we love them!
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