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Pretoria Boeremark

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Pretoria Boeremark

In South Africa, markets have only really become popular in the last 3-5 years. But one that has been running and insanely popular over the last, well for as long as I can remember and then some, is the Pretoria Boeremark (Farmer’s Market in Afrikaans). And what makes this market so much more fabulous is that it’s right here in my city (Pretoria for those of you who were wondering).

Just a little bit of background info… Pretoria is not exactly a “foodie”-destination in South Africa. Cape Town has that all covered and Johannesburg gets the runner-up prize. Johannesburg, even though in the same province as Pretoria, is still a 50km drive, so not really somewhere you’ll drive just for food (although I’ve been known to drive into the very heart of Johannesburg to the Oriental Plaza for their Samoosas and Prawn curry, but that’s a story for another time). So to have such an old and much-loved food institution in my home town is really exciting, well now that I’ve finally visited it.

Pretoria Boeremark

Yes, you heard right, I’ve never been to this market until recently, but now that I’ve finally been, I’ll most definitely be back. The Boeremark only happens on Saturdays between 5h30am and 9am and you absolutely have to be there early to get the best stuff, and I promise you, you want that stuff.

My friend and I got there just after 6am and already we struggled to find parking and the market was bustling with shoppers all looking for the freshest and best produce, freshly baked goods and the most delicious coffee you will find at that hour over a weekend.

Pretoria Boeremark

There are so many fabulous stalls but some just jumped out at me because, well, they sold my favourite food stuffs. Like the Dutch cheese makers who sold me the most amazing Peppered-Gouda. I had a few samples of their magnificent cheeses but the Peppered-Gouda was just perfection.

Then there were the father-and-son team who produce some of the most delicious looking pies and quiches I have seen in a long time. Combinations like Beef & Guinness, Smoked Oyster & Beef and Steak & Kidney all sounded mouth-watering, but it was their Duck & Cherry pie that got my vote. Their pies are filled to the brim with flavourful, succulent meat and after eating a small Duck & Cherry pie AND a Chicken Pie, I was in heaven!

Pretoria Boeremark

But my absolute favourite was the French artisan baker who sold me Chocolate Croissants and a Garlic & Parmesan Ciabatta so good, I will walk through the desert for it. And I’m not over-exaggerating. Alexander the bread baker was so charming and so helpful that I almost followed him home just so I could take a sneak peak at him working his magic with bread dough. But you will be happy to know that I didn’t.

Other delights were the amazing Vetkoek & Mince (deep-fried dough resembling a bread roll filled with curried mince and grated cheese, directly translated Vetkoek means Fat Cake and that is exactly what you will look like if you eat too many), proper Indian Samoosas and the man who sells the most amazing Proteas (our national flower) for so cheap, it should be illegal.

Pretoria Boeremark

I am so glad that I found this gem of a market and I am excited to be returning regularly to explore all the products and learn about all the producers. Market life, I love you!

The Pretoria Boeremark is held every Saturday at the Pionier Museum in Silverton, Pretoria. visit www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za for more information.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Xandré
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    Aaaah… missing the boeremark & Pretoria (we moved to Canada 6 months ago!)!! Loving your recipes!! Made your Bacon&Mielie bread the other day (freaken delicious!!) Can’t wait to try more of your truly SA recipes!! Thanks!! 🙂 **

  • Riaan
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    The Boeremark is by the pioneers museum in Silverton.
    You forgot to mention the pap and kaings ( pork fat ) and of course the lady with the best melkkos that i have ever tasted.
    These two are the highlights of the market for me.

  • fran
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    Hi Ally(?)
    I’m so sorry, but I really dont know who you are… but…. I looked up a recipe for lamb shanks on the net, and found yours to be the best by far. Going to prepare soon I’ve done here. Watch, but not regularly, Pasella, and love it.
    I certainly will visit Pretoria Boere Mark asap. Live in Mpumalanga. not too far away, and CRAVE that type of thing.
    Cant see your name or exactly who you are on here, so please oblige.
    Thanks for all this!
    Fran

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Hi Fran.
      Thank you for the lovely comments. My name is Alida but all my friends call me Ally so Ally is just fine! 🙂 I’m just a mom of twins who loves to cook. You should really go to the Boeremark. It’s quite early but so worth it.

  • Maggie
    Reply

    Yes, PLEASE tell us where this Boeremark is.. I would love to go too! Tx!

  • Fiona
    Reply

    Please could you tell me where we could find the Boeremark in Pretoria? I would love to go early one Saturday morning.

  • Brandi
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    I can’t wait to visit this market next time we are in SA. I have also had those Samoosas from Oriental Plaza and they were divine. My husband is from Pretoria and we live in the states. It was so nice to find this blog so that I can make food that reminds him of home. Thanks!

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Brandi: I hope you can find some inspiration from my blog. I’ll be posting a few new South African recipes over the next few weeks so be sure to check back! 🙂

  • Jessica
    Reply

    Hi Alida

    Waar is die boeremark?? Ek moet ook ‘n draai gaan maak!

    Dankie
    Jessica

  • Louise
    Reply

    Lovely photos – I will definately make a plan to visit the market soon. I normally go to the Hazelwood market, have you ever been there? There was also a very nice market in the east of Pretoria called Market on Lynnwood where I bought my fresh products, but last week when I wanted to do my monthly visit there was no sign of a market. It was a relatively young market, but I am just wondering what happened. Thank you for a great blog.

  • Renate
    Reply

    Here in Germany the markets are great as well, although it doesnt have that ‘Boeremark’ feeling which one will only get in South Africa. Thank you for a great inspirational blog, it is one of the first things I read in the mornings!

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Renate : Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s so lovely to know that I can inspire people with my writing and cooking.

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