The Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market may be one of the best known markets around, not only in the Garden Route, but even internationally. Through the years the market has been featured in various in-flight magazines of airlines and have been mentioned in many an article on highlights in South Africa and the Garden Route, written by the international press. The market can even write accolades, such as being features in Lonely Planet and being included in the Eco Atlas directory, behind its name.
What many people may not know, however, is that Sedgefield has three markets, running side by side, every Saturday morning. These combined markets can easily be compared to markets such as the Rosebank Sunday Market or the Irene Village Market.
Should you ask any local, the advice will always be to start at the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market for the freshest produce and the best breakfasts, before you meander through the Mosaic Outdoor Market, and end the morning at the Scarab Craft Market.
Founded in 1999, Wild Oats must be one of the best farmers’ markets around. The market have an unparalleled selection of fresh, seasonal produce, offers a variety of delicious, freshly prepared breakfasts, including great options for vegans and vegetarians, has some of the best cut flowers from the region and an ambiance that makes you come back. Under the worthy stewardship of Rose Brettell and Susan Garner, special attention is called to the global need for developing local food security, local skills, local and seasonal food awareness and local community-mindfulness. Rose and Susan believe that truly authentic country markets offer a healthy community-building opportunity that stands in sharp contrast to the dominating “corporate shopping experiences” that disengage shoppers from their local context, from seasonal produce and from producers themselves.
This is also where you can buy your weekly supply of coffee from Rouvière’s Coffee Roastery, featured in our blog of 5 April 2016.
The Mosaic Market is true to its name and offers a plethora of different stalls. Here you will find anything under the sun! With a lovely kiddies play area, the market offers grown-ups an opportunity to browse through stall that sells anything from second-hand books to soap; clothing to beadwork from crafters from Southern Africa. While you snake your way through the stall you can drink a coffee, buy a pie, nibble on a pancake or listen to local artist performing.
The market is also the home of Slow Roasted Coffee, featured in our blog of 5 April 2016.
At Scarab Market, the focus is much more on local artists and crafters who offer unique, local, hand-crafted goods to even the most discerning shopper. Glasswork, metal, leather, clay, paper or wool – if you can think of a medium, here is an artist who can provide you with a product. If ever you need a gift for the person “who has everything”, you will find no better place than Scarab Craft Market .
All three markets are situated next to the N2 on the western side of Sedgefield.
During the summer, Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 07:30 to 12:00 and 08:00 to 12:00 during the colder winter months, the Mosaic Outdoor Market is open on Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00 and the Scarab Craft Market is open on Saturdays from 08:00 to 13:00.
You can contact the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market on 082 376 5020
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wildoatsmarket/
Or visit their website at http://www.wildoatsmarket.co.za/
You can contact the Mosaic Outdoor Market on 082 678 9900
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mosaicmarketsedgefield
Or visit their website at http://mosaicmarket.co.za/
You can contact the Scarab Craft Market on 044 343 2455
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scarabmarket/
Or visit their website at http://scarabvillage.co.za/
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