Karkloof Farmers Market
Our Saturday morning breakfast ritual when visiting my in-laws in Hilton is a visit to the popular Karkloof Farmers Market. I’m a huge market fan and I must admit that the Karkloof Market is probably my most favourite. It just seems to tick all the boxes; a large, weather proof shed, plenty of seating in the form of cosy conversation areas and tables with benches, good coffee, plenty of parking and of course the most important of all, loads of lovely things to eat and bits to buy!
The Old Mill Coffee Shop is found where it should be, right at the front of the shed and that is always our first port of call. I had already had a coffee by the time we got to the market on Saturday so tried one of their hot chocolates as a change (and the marshmallow bobbing on the top was too good to turn down!). The shop is always a hive of activity with patrons waiting patiently for their number to be called!
There is a huge selection at this market and as it takes place every Saturday one could certainly get into the habit of doing a large portion of their grocery shopping here. Fresh farm eggs, organic rolled oats trout, bacon and beautifully fresh vegetables and herbs are available, as are French artisan breads and, because where there is bread there must also be cheese, organic cheeses and Camembert are also on hand! For those with a sweet tooth, you may be tempted, as I was by the delectable Portuguese custard tart or perhaps a chocolate brownie or a massive slab of Wedgewood nougat is more your taste? I managed this week to not have a homemade pork pie but my husband succumbed and as usual, declared them sensational.
If, like us, you go to the market for a bite to eat then I certainly recommend the scrambled eggs from ‘Bangers, Baps and Wedges’ … served with ‘bottomless’ homemade bread this certainly is a good choice. They also serve up a rather delicious looking omelette which I might try next time we visit. Other breakfast options are bacon and egg rolls or perhaps you would prefer a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel? Banting options are also available for those Tim Noakes fundis among us!
One of my favourite stalls at this market is the Nursery Man and his wonderful selection of desert roses; I bought two unusual types of succulent this time around and it’s always exciting to see what he has on offer.
There is a Kid’s Corner at the market so little ones can be safely deposited to be entertained with colouring in and play dough while parents browse the book stall or have a leisurely breakfast.
The Karkloof Market takes place every Saturday from 07h00 to 11h00 and is located just under 3kms from Howick.
Contact Karkloof Farmers Market
Address: 2.6km from Howick off the Karkloof Road, Karkloof, Natal Midlands
Telephone: +27 (0)82 820-8986