If you live in the Greenside area of Johannesburg and are looking for somewhere a bit more novel than the local supermarket for your weekly groceries why not give the Jozi Food Market a try? Open every Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30 and conveniently located at the Pirates Sports Club you can expect to be greeted by artisans and stall holders happy to share their love and knowledge of food.
The Jozi Food market offers a wide selection of food; take your pick from the 50 delicious recipes that Soup ‘n Stuff has perfected (who doesn’t love soup on a chilly day) while Sue’s Karoo Lemon Cordial (and ginger beer) is just the tonic on a summers day. Also available is tasty muesli from All About Muesli, yummy, decadent pies from The Granary Pies and don’t forget La Bonne Cuisine’s chicken liver pate.
The list of produce on offer is endless and with plenty of playing space for the children and sport on big screens for Dad it seems the Jozi Food Market is an ideal way to spend a Saturday morning.
“Shop outdoors instead of suffocating in a stuffy shopping mall, and buy local goods made by Jozi artisans” punts the market owner, Lee Anderson! It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Kids and dogs are welcome, and there is plenty of play space. Dads can even watch sport on big screens and drink in the pub!
The selection of Jozi Market goods should amply provide for a week’s supply of family food – here are some of the stalls to choose from
Soup ‘n Stuff really makes an outstanding impression. Over 50 unbelievable soups are sold here – including peanut and potato, pomegranate, mussel, spicy chicken and almond, honey roasted parsnip and so much more – carnivore, omnivore, vegetarians and vegans are all accommodated here.
Sue’s Karoo Lemon Cordial is crammed with real lemons, and goes well with both water and vodka! Her ice-cold ginger beer is a kid’s favourite!
Raw Honey offers all manner of bee related products such as mead, honey, fudge and healing skin cream – expect to meet Caroline the beekeeper, who will educate you on everything you need to know about the benefits of bees.
All About Muesli offers a variety of tasty low GI muesli’s as well as a honey baked granola, dark chocolate covered goji berries and a variety of plump, dried fruit and nuts.
The Granary Pies are a delightful surprise. Not the usual boring steak and kidney at this stall! Think pork and pineapple, beef and ale, duck and bacon and turkey and plum just to name a few. All the pies are preservative free and although more expensive than your average supermarket pie, are well worth the price.
La Bonne Cuisine’s chicken liver pate is one of the best you’ll taste. So too are his Mauritian inspired relishes, and he does a great take on Pickled Onions.
Goat Peter sells delectable goat’s cheese, including their award winning local Grison, alongside Cremalat’s splendid range of Italian traditional cheeses – try Taleggio for an exciting twist on Brie
Heartwood Smokehouse’s wood-smoked bacon rolls are a great way to start the morning’s shop, especially when combined with freshly roasted and brewed coffee from Green Bean Coffee. The Green Bean Roastery is based at the Casalinga Restaurant in Muldersdrift, and offers a wide variety of African coffee roasted-to- order. Other tempting ‘on-site’ nibbles included sweet and savoury pancakes from Marcel’s House of Crepes, samoosas, and hot dogs!
Chef Shaun, from Simply Wild, crafts the most outstanding chili sauces and condiments. A cheese board should not be without his tomato chili jam; he fires up a boring mayonnaise with wasabi and jalapeno, which turns any salad on its head!
La Cucina produces a wide range of outstanding Italian vegetarian antipasti and pesto sauces. Her Greek tzatziki is the best you’ll get, and great olive condiments will trump up any pasta.
The most intriguing products are Mushroom Factory’s DIY mushroom kits, which take all the work out of growing one’s own oyster or button mushrooms at home.
There were numerous other products such as edible pet treats, a variety of olive products, fresh organic vegetables and baked goods.
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Where to find the Jozi Food Market:
Address: Pirates Sports Club, Braeside Road, Greenside, Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 (0)76 469-8995