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Camphill's May Market

by James Sleigh   (2015-05-12)

A distinctly autumn feel was in the air at our May market, as early morning mist lifted and the sun shone through golden leaves, while our market vendors were setting up their stalls. By 10am our first visitors were already browsing the stalls, getting first pick of the fresh produce from the farm, with beetroot, kale, guavas and leafy soft spinach all in season now. The stacks of fresh crusty loaves were piled high at the beginning of the morning dwindling by lunch time, when a succession of freshly baked pizzas emerged from the bakery to fill the gaps.

There was plenty more Camphill fare on offer too, with all the rich creamy dairy products on sale in the shop, a fine lunch selection of curry and delicious cakes in the Bay Leaf Cafe, delicately perfumed soaps, oils and lotions in the Cosmetics workshop and plenty of enterprise from our residents, including Ziggy’s stall offering a wide selection of home-made jams and preserves.

Our regular market traders turned out in force, with the friendly black wire cat representing Kasteel Kat olives choosing to take up her regular spot at Camphill market rather than spend a second day trading at the busy Riebeek Valley Olive Festival. Then there were some new faces too, including Amazing Schwarma’s tasty fare and Texente’s fascinating chainmaille jewellery.

Live music has been a regular feature of our last few markets thanks to the Mamma Gogo initiative, and this month Jean and Tamara kept us entertained all morning with great music and lots of fun, including taking requests from residents and a rousing singalong version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

More things to look out for at our monthly markets – Peter’s second-hand book stall, where you can browse to your heart’s content and find enough to read for the next month; our charity shop for incredible bargains of clothes and accessories (it’s located in the craft workshop just beyond the Bayleaf Cafe and donations of clothing in good condition are always welcome to add to our stock) and don’t forget to grab a space on the tractor trailer and explore the farm on a slow paced tractor ride.

We’re already looking forward to our next market on 7th June, which will be moved up to the community centre for the winter months. We’ll have a free Pilates session at 11am, run by Bianca Landman, who teaches Pilates every week at Camphill and there will be plenty more activities and fun for all the family.