Fancy a country trip to eat and drink well? The new Farmers Market at Windmeul Kelder in Paarl has a wide selection of fresh, seasonal produce with loads of local delicacies. The marketplace resembles an old-fashioned pantry, just like Ouma’s, with jam-packed shelves and goodies galore. The Farmers Market is held on the first Saturday of each month, but the Windmeul Parskuip Neighbourhood Market runs during the week from Mondays until Saturdays.
It’s all proudly Paarl produce, from olives to creamy cheeses to homemade jams and preserves, and meat lovers will go mad for the charcuterie, prime cuts of meat, farm-raised poultry, traditional South African biltong and droëwors. Candy up with a selection of fudges and nougats. Cram your basket with specialist coffees, marinades, drizzles and dips, fresh grapes and even indigenous waterblommetjies in season!
Windmeul Farmers Market and Parskuip Neighbourhood Market are great for gift shopping too. Beautifully-crafted wooden toys, prettily packaged braai spices, hand-made purses and handbags, organic pamper products and obviously, the award-winning Windmeul wines are top choices here.
According to cellar master Danie Marais, Windmeul is committed to craftsmanship, not only with their wines, but also in the produce stocked at the market. ‘It is important for us to support local businesses that focus on sustainability, so most of our suppliers are located near Windmeul,’ he says.
The Parskuip Neighbourhood Market is open from Mondays to Fridays from 8 – 5pm and on Saturdays from 9 – 3. A special kiddies’ play area gives moms and dads time to kick back and hang loose.
On Saturdays the Kontreikombuis serves delicious breakfasts, pizzas and roosterkoek – a traditional scone-like bread baked on an open fire.
The wine tasting area is open during market hours – the perfect opportunity for visitors to taste Windmeul’s award-winning wines.
The cellar celebrates a highly successful year, with excellent performances at several prominent wine competitions, including the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge and the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage, as well as a top five placement at the recent ABSA Perold Cape Blend competition.
PARSKUIP NEIGHBOURHOOD MARKETPLACE: Mon – Sat 09h00 – 15h00
WINDMEUL FARMERS MARKET: 1st Saturday of each month
For more information, contact 0o21 869 8100 or visit www.windmeul.com. Follow @WindmeulKelder on social media for the latest news and updates