By Candice de Beer
If you appreciate organic, free-range and handcrafted artisanal foods, as well as a relaxed, vibey atmosphere, then The Pantry Market at Keyes is the place to be. This neighbourgoods market is held once a month on a Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Fastjet was on scene to meet the stall owners and taste their goods.
About the market
The Pantry Market at Keyes is the brainchild of Roberta Thatcher. “Our objective is to make fresh, locally sourced products available to Joburgers on a regular basis,” said Thatcher. It’s also an opportunity for customers to get to know more about what they are buying and putting into their bodies, and to interact with the producers of these delicious goods.
The shopping experience
On arrival, waiters suggest grabbing a cup of coffee from the downstairs café before heading up the stairs to the Atrium of the Trumpet Building where the marketplace is located. We arrived around 11 am and although there was a steady throng of people moving in and out of the building, it wasn’t overly crowded. In fact, we could easily see the products on sale at the stalls, and be served relatively quickly.
The sellers are always ready to explain their wares, and they have samples at the ready for hungry patrons. You’ll find freshly baked sour doughs, homemade jams and honey, vegan ice-cream, deliciously juicy naartjies, organic vegetables, handcrafted artisanal chocolates, olive oils, South African cheeses, and much more. You can even purchase freshly cut flowers. It really is sophisticated shopping.
Highlights to look forward to
The A Moveable Feast stall is an unmissable highlight of the market. Here top local chefs create products to be sold exclusively at the market. You can also attend free food-related talks from industry experts. Karen Dunn, owner of Urban Apiary, gave a talk on supermarket honey and the questions you should be asking at April’s market. She also shared tips for gardeners who want to attract more bees and explain why cities need healthy bees.
Bring cash with you as most of the stalls don’t accept cards. Having said this, you can download Snap Scan and use it to pay for your shopping basket. The market is a plastic-free area so if you’re planning to stock up your pantry, we suggest bringing a backpack. Happy shopping marketgoers!
The third Pantry Market takes place on Saturday 26 May from 9 am - 2 pm. Entrance is free. Visit keyesartmile.co.za
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