Monday, June 18, 2012

Fresh fruit and veg

On Saturday morning I loaded the family into the car and headed out to the Gamtoos Valley west of Port Elizabeth for the annual Patensie Citrus Festival.  There were a couple of reasons for our little outing the first and foremost being the fact that I loaded a boot full of fresh fruit and vegetables for a fraction of what I would have paid for it in a supermarket in the city.  Plus it was absolutely farm fresh.  The Gamtoos Valley isn't called the fresh produce basket of the Eastern Cape for nothing with citrus and potatoes along with a host of other fruit and vegetables being grown here.  But it wasn't all about the produce, it was also about the farming atmosphere, good food, entertainment and other activities on offer.


  1. Oh how I wish for a fresh food market near by.

  2. How lucky you are. Supermarkets in Sheffield UK have sugar snap peas from Guatemala, items from Egypt and, on one occasion, Brussel sprouts from Australia. Potatoes only last a few days before they 'sprout'. I think 'Fruit and Veg City' in PE is amazing.

  3. John, Fruit and Veg City is a great store specially now that they have the butchery and bakery as well. But what made this even better is the fact that it was farm fresh and so much cheaper than Fruit and Veg.