We tried out the fantastic Burnedale Farmers Market over this past weekend. Having only started in mid-May, this market is going from strength to strength with the 25 stalls offering a wide range of products. I was particularly impressed with the purposefully built covered market area; stall holders and market goers will be dry on a rainy day but the light and airy space is perfect for the mostly sunny days the Dolphin Coast provides!
The market aims to bring organic, fresh produce and beautiful homemade goods to the North Coast and we loved what was already on offer. We stopped at the Karibu stall to marvel at their enormous chicken and duck eggs … if we didn’t have seven egg producers of our own at home we would definitely have made a purchase at Karibu.
They also had a lovely selection of plants on offer from their nursery.
Emeline Designs has the most beautiful bright and bold down filled scatter cushions. Our lounge is calling out for them and I will be back once I have reupholstered our furniture! The only problem is which gorgeous colour to choose. It is also possible to just purchase cushion covers … so, if you have cushions at home that need a facelift you know where to go to!
Cindy’s stall was, as per normal, a hive of activity – her fresh produce is legendary in these parts and bunches of gerberas added a splash of colour to her stall. As always, it is virtually impossible to leave a market without a bag of her devilishly good samoosas; not too spicy and fried to golden perfection.
We had our fill at the Bavarian Butchery stall and left with a bag full of chorizo sausage and cheese grillers. They had a wide range of German sausages on offer and we were pleased to hear that they have opened a butchery next door to the Salt Rock Hotel – no need then to wait for market days to get our fill of cheese grillers!
Another purchase that made it home was a tub of salami stuffed olives. There are various options to choose from; garlic stuffed, chilli infused, plain pitted … the list is endless but take it from me, they are all worth trying.
On our way out we stopped to chat to Lou at Country Bunches and admired her beautiful display of fresh flowers. From small bouquets to bunches of professionally arranged flowers (Lou has many years of being a wedding florist under her belt) they were all stunning!
The market is child friendly; there is a large playground and professional child minders at the main Burnedale ‘complex’ so moms and dads can enjoy the market at their own pace while leaving the kids to run riot in the playground.
Burnedale Farmers Market takes place from 08h00 to 13h00 every Saturday. There is plenty of parking available so come and enjoy an hour or two of outdoor shopping – you won’t be disappointed.
Contact Burnedale Farmers Market
Address: 1 Old Main Road, Umhlali, Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal