Discoveries can include guinea fowl or rabbit for a cassoulet or fresh duck eggs, forest-picked porcini, beetroot-infused cheddar cheese, or whiskey marmalade.
Moreover, there’s a genuine desire to convert visitors to a healthier way of living and eating. Vendors are chatty and generous with their tasting samples, recipes, and advice. Some, like Home Organic, aim to change the world one organic veggie garden at a time. They’ll sell you all the kit and seeds you need and ply you with free advice.
The Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market is renowned for its hearty, healthy breakfasts. The trick is to arrive just after the market’s opened; shop a little, and then break for the Full Monty: free-range eggs, wood-smoked bacon – the works! The kids can be safely left to tear around the large lawns, visit the farm yard animals, or befriend the countless pooches patiently waiting for a morsel of sausage to ‘fall’ off a plate.
Crafts include handcrafted wooden furniture, jewellery, clothes, hats, bags, paintings and water colours by local artists and ornamental metal and stone sculptures from Zimbabwe.