Two popular farmers’ markets in the Midlands, the long established Karkloof Farmers’ Market and new kid on the block, Nottingham Road’s Earth Route Market, will re-open on Saturday, September 26.
While Karkloof Farmers Market, near Howick on the Karkloof road, has long been a community favourite, Earth Route in Notties had only been running, very successfully, for a few months when coronavirus struck.
The supporters of both markets will be thrilled that they will be back in action this weekend. Hey, if you get organised, you could even visit both in one day.
Last week President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a lifting of the ban on public gatherings, limiting indoor events to 250 and outdoor gatherings to a max of 500 people.
On its Facebook page, the Karkloof Farmers’ Market said, “We’ll be seeing you soon! After many discussions and a lot of preparation we are finally able to re-open the market. Join us on September 26, for a morning of fun, friends and amazing local food and artisan goods.
“We will also be hosting extra craft stalls and there’ll be live music! “Email us to apply for a craft or food stall at our re-opening next weekend – email@example.com”
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An organiser of Earth Route Market, Jennifer Hindle said in anticipation of the market’s opening, “We will be in touch with all stallholders closer to the time, but in the meantime you may want to get ready – with Kim at the helm of marketing and the general vibe out there, it’s going to be great to go big with almost a ‘re-launch’.”
This market has been a revelation in Nottingham Road in successfully bringing local producers and the smaller farmers closer to their markets and people who love their products.
The Earth Route Market plans to start using an App that will facilitate pre-orders, and have that facility up and running by the weekend of September 26. The L1NX app is a useful tool for connecting local businesses. It says on its website: “L1NX is a platform that connects conscious consumers to passionate local producers, forging links between them. People are empowered to build their own food chains while supporting local.”
See more on the Earth Route Facebook page.