Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wild Oats Farmers Market, Wilderness, South Africa

It was another gorgeous day in Wilderness.  My brother wanted me to visit Wild Oats Farmers Market and visit a few of his friends who are vendors there.  We started our morning with a scrambled egg breakfast and good South African coffee.

Wild Oats, Wilderness

Gorgeous day

The organizers of Wild Oats Farmers Market

Sun, breakfast and my gorgeous nephews and niece
The first stop I made was at the pork pie booth.  I love pork pies.  There is nothing better than a beer, pork pie and piccalilli  There is an art to making the perfect pork pie.  I have had a few that the filling was sparse and the pastry fatty. 

Pork pies made my Marye
Marye and her friend and their wonderful pies and sausage rolls
Pork Pie
The Pork Pie was delicious.  The filling was a titch too salty for me, but with a beer it was perfect.  I did not share with anyone.  I enjoyed this treat all to myself.  Looking at the picture makes me salivate all over again.  I hope you get to try one of Marye's Pork Pies.  They are yummylicious good.

The next booth that caught my eye was the Fresh Oyster booth.  I think I trampled over a few people as I made a bee line for the oysters.  I love oysters.  My father and I once sat down and finished 100 oysters each in one sitting in Knysna.  It was a great day and one of my most favorite memories of my Dad. 

Hynn Munro and his assistants
Hynn was more than happy to serve my plate of oysters and in the above picture you can see a glass of wine.  He poured me a lovely glass of chilled white wine and I was ready to tuck into my oysters.

Just look at those beauties
I prepared my oysters with lemon juice, salt and Tabasco.  Hynn then gave me one undoctored and I was so bummed I doctored mine.  They were incredible just on their own.  I made a real piggy of myself slurping and chewing and washing it down with wine. 

More amazing oysters
Hynn then offered me a real treat.  He opened up a package of Kudu Capaccio that he made.  Oh my word, it was melt in your mouth delish and if I had a loaf of bread, a chair I would have set up camp in front of their booth. 

Kudu Carpaccio
My brother had to drag me away from Hynn's booth.  If you are in Wilderness you must stop at Cape Oyster booth.  Tell Hynn the crazy American sent you.

The next stop was at The Cheesecake booth.  My brother informed me that Aidan makes the best cheesecake.  I was skeptical.  Everyone claims to have the best.  My slice was cut and served.

Aidan and his cheesecake

Result? Ladies put away your toys because Aidan's cheesecake is all you need.  It was incredibly creamy, silky, smooth.  The lemon was not over powering and the flavors blended and melted in your mouth.  It truly was a moment of bliss.  Every bite was mind blowing. Worth the calories. 

Aidan even makes his own cheese.  Sorry ladies, he is taken.  I asked.

As you can see, Aidan's cheese is very popular.  By the time we got to his booth, he was sold out.  So I tucked into the samples.  I was very happy.

Next booth was the delightful Ms. Jules and her amazing chutneys, salsa and oils.  This is when I really hate traveling as I want to bring so much home with me.  

The gorgeous Ms. Jules and her wares

I love her Shitake Mushroom chutney.  I need to have my brother send me some more.  Thank you Ms. Jules for allowing me to sample all your wonderful chutneys, salsa and oils.

Next booth was Essene.  Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of this wonderful lady who makes these breads, granola and muesli. I am very picky about my granola as I make my own and therefore mine is the best.  This granola that I tasted would be the granola I would have in my pantry as a back up when mine ran out.

I was sad to leave, but if I stayed and visited more booths my brother would have had to roll me out of there.  It was a wonderful day and spending time with my brother, nephews and niece made it perfect.


  1. Your posts are my very own selfish, vicarious getaways. Nothing else I've read has made me want to go and experience something quite as strongly. You do it beautifully. And the photos top off the posts perfectly.

  2. You know what I really love about reading this? That I can hear your voice in my head reading it to me. You make me want to get on a plane and head to South Africa right this minute.

  3. You have me longing for Home by reading this.

    I love the Farmers Markets we have their. Even though I probably would not eat half the items, just knowing it is there and available is a comfort.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.


  4. I am officially hungry now! Great pictures and great story. Sounds like a perfect day :)

  5. Antelope carpaccio! Local and homemade treats of all kinds! Yeah, yeah! I'm lovin' South Africa's style. And those food pics are just incredible!

  6. Everything looks amazing and your descriptions and photos make my mouth water (in SOME cases). Like Hynn, I would be more than happy to serve your plate of oysters ... along with mine. You can keep those. The pork pies look wonderful; that's my idea of a perfect meal... no side dishes, all in one. As for your comment about Aidan's cheesecake and his availability, the heck with the "ladies," I'm putting away my toys too and I'm also disappointed he's married!

  7. Oysters? Glorious fresh oysters? THIS IS MY JEALOUS FACE.

  8. Oh my goodness what a lovely indulgent post. I came round the farmer's market with you and couldn't stop salivating as each photo was pure deliciousness! Yum yum!


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