The Oranjezicht City Farm market, or the OZCF market, has seen quite a few changes of scenery since its inception. It had humble, but quaint beginnings in Oranjezicht, right next to the actual farm where the fruits and veggies are grown. But, after struggling to secure a permanent permit for that specific site, the market actually faced extinction, until western cape premiere, Helen Zille, came to the rescue!
Zille offered up her villa, and its sprawling green grass, and so for a few months, the OZCF market took up residency outside tannie Helen’s house! I only visited there once, but due to the pouring rain, I left after approximately 11 and a half minutes. The wet weather obviously persuaded the OZCF peeps to locate a more sheltered location, and so Granger Bay became their new home!
Oranjezicht City Farm Market’s new Granger Bay home!
The Granger Bay venue has to be my absolute favourite. The market has grown to become increasingly popular, and so a larger space was definitely required. Granger Bay offers space, and along with it, the opportunity for better layout. A single tent houses all the fresh, organic, and locally produced fruits and veg, while another is an absolute food haven.
Outside and towards the back, you’ll find more food and drink stalls, as well as another tent selling delish artisanal products. Last week Saturday I head out there to do some fruit and veg shopping, and to devour some brunch.
The OZCF market runs from 9am – 2pm ever Saturday. While you want to get there early to have first pick of the produce, you may want to hold off on the food until lunch time, since the food on offer lends itself to that. BUT, you don’t want to eat too late either because the sweet treats will have you lusting for sure. You could always opt for takeaway dessert like we did. The cheesecake jars are particularly conducive to this – and they offer free tastings!
As 2pm draws closer, the vibe tends to get vibier! The music is turned up, and a few free spirits get up and dance too. It’s like a big celebration of local produce, foods, and products, and it’s pretty fab!
Keep your eye on the OZCF Facebook page to check out what’s in season, and what you can expect at the next Oranjezicht City Farm Market!