Markets - Erf 81

ERF 81 Food Market in South Africa.

On the edge of the bustling City of Cape Town and set in the affluent neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof. Erf81 Food Market is a contradiction in its location. Rural against modern, rustic living in the heart of a city. A local market where the animals roam free and the people form a Cosmopolitan cocktail. It is relaxing and fresh.

Contradiction of location

Rich in history, ERF 81, also known as Tamboerskloof Farm, is a retired military magazine that once supplied the Lion Artillery Battery from which the famous Noon gun is fired every day - a historic time signal fired from a pair of black powder Dutch Naval guns situated on Signal Hill, just above ERF 81

Old Architecture

As I parked my Blue Bullet (my little Renault Clio) and began the walk into the farm, I felt a lovely sense of peace. It felt like an invisible veil was cloaking the boundary line and those that crossed over were involuntarily relieved of all the pressures and stresses of city life.

Climbing the slight incline, I was greeted by tasteful art on the wall of a derelict house, advertising and directing me to the market. Continuing the walk up, greeted by geese, chickens and a gorgeous ginger and white kitten, I was in countryside heaven.

The higher I went, the more I wished I had a proper camera, there is so much history on this ground and my measly phone camera had no chance of capturing the unadulterated essence and richness that lay before me. I love old architecture and tried to capture the raw history of the old buildings, the greying stones, rusted fencing and the rich feeling of the past.

The raw history of old buildings

The winding road continues on up and I was lucky enough to meet Skattebol (direct translation from Afrikaans is "Sweetheart") the foal on the farm. He had no interest in me and continued to munch on the lush grass patch he had found ironically in the midst of a drought.

Upon reaching the top, I came across the small market that welcomed me with a couch that dared me to sit and watch the busy city below. That's not me on the couch in the photograph however.

Welcome to ERF 81 Market.

From books, natural body care products, freshly squeezed juice, fruit and vegetables from the farm's organic garden, to coffee brewed just for you and food that makes your taste buds tingle. And let's not forget the ice cream stall. The live band playing African-inspired beats certainly added to the buzz I was having, although, I rather think it was the SpanspekBlaze I was enjoying that was helping to illuminate my mind. A spanspek is a sweet, rough-skinned melon.

Fresh Fruit ready to be squeezed into juice

Handbag / Wallet stall

I just wanted an ice cream cone this size too

Fresh fruit & Vegetables for sale

African-inspired beats

A stroll around lead me to a pile of random shoes that was so befitting of the location. This certainly is a photographers paradise - the angles, the props, buildings and people, just felt so right.

Random pile of misfit shoes

I wondered how this pile of shoes had developed, every shoe on it was different and was lacking a partner. It was like a pile of one sad love story after another. Or maybe someone had taken a shoe fetish to another level?

Alas, it was time for me to leave and I decided to take a different route down the hill, simple clay steps that would be a hell of a ride on a wet winters day. Luckily for me, I had decided to leave the high heels at home today!

I was met by sheep and dwarf goats on the way out and this was simply the best farewell and all that was needed. I'll be back ERF81!

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