This fresh foods market provides crisp produce, delicious meat and stunning flowers. Their coffee shop is ideal for brunch or a quick home office setup. They make an effort to stock fruit and vegetables that are a little more unusual so there is always a great variety to select from. Their food is well priced and they are also very active on their Facebook page for any queries, compliments or feedback. Open between 8am and 7pm, it’s perfect if you need to squeeze in a little shopping session after work.
Details: Olivedale Corner, Olive Road, Johannesburg / www.facebook.com / 011 704 2921
The Green Grocery
This is an online grocer which offers not only convenience but delivery too. Their fresh organic produce all comes from local sustainable farmers, who use no synthetic fertilisers or pesticides. Their selection ranges through produce to herbs and spices, breads, dairy, grains and even nuts and seeds. Deliveries occur on Thursdays and Fridays (check their website to see where your area falls under). Be sure to place orders before 12pm on a Wednesday to ensure delivery that week. All deliveries cost R70 but any total over R450 includes a free delivery. It is also possible to collect from them in Bryanston.
Impala Fruit and Flowers
Found at Lifestyle Crossing in Little Falls, this is one of the largest stores in the franchise. Open since 2009, they offer fresh produce, choice-cut flowers as well as nuts, jams and yoghurts. Their flower selection is impressive, particularly in the dry seasons. Apart from their fantastic quality goods, they also have daily specials:
- Tuesday is pensioner’s day.
- Wednesday is 20% off fresh-cut flowers.
- Thursday offers 10% discount to any gym membership holders.
- And every weekend is 20% off pot plants.
Impala is a franchise and their other stores can be found in Northcliff and Craighall Park.
Details: Lifestyle Crossing, Hendriek Potgieter Road, Little Falls / www.facebook.com / 011 475 0340
Mary’s Country Fruit and Veg
Based in the Cresta area, this little store is always a treat to visit. The staff is friendly and prices on fresh produce are unbeatable. The best part is that they often have specials where you can buy in bulk and save. They are a family-owned store and aim to get mostly organic as well as the best quality produce available. They also supply freshly baked cakes and confectioneries, created by local moms and bakers in the area that are worth trying out if you have a sweet tooth.
Details: 45 Pendoring Road. Johannesburg / www.facebook.com / 011 678 5325
This is another online fresh produce store. The concept has become increasingly popular. They offer not only fresh produce, dairy, meat and drinks but also boxes comprising varying veggies for either 2 or 4 people. Additionally, they stock salad and meat boxes which are perfect for families. All of these are well priced and ideal if you don’t have time to sift through the site or are looking for a ready-made package. They have a baking section which stocks unusual flours and other baking aids and they also have their own hand and body range. Freshly Grown delivers different orders on different days. Their deliveries are quite cheap, ranging between R35 and R45 depending on your area. Their orders open on Mondays and close at 12pm on a Tuesday so you need to get them in early. Minimum orders of R80. Alternatively, contact them for collections.
Farm Fresh Online
This is the last online produce store in the list, selected because they stock 100% South African grown produce which is delivered right to your door. There is no cold chain; the produce comes directly from the farm to your kitchen. They also offer a 100% refund guarantee which indicates their faith in the quality of their products. Farm Fresh Online also offers boxes which include banting, fruit and vegetable versions. It is quicker to simply choose from a box but if you wish to add any extras, you can select from honey, free-range eggs, milk and pantry fillers. Check out their site for delivery schedules.
Bryanston Organic Market
This is a complete market with varying stalls of clothes, bric-a-brac and, more importantly, fresh produce. Currently, the market is open Thursday to Saturday between 9am – 3pm. There are two organic fruit and veg stalls inside.
The first being Christa’s Corner. Her farm is out past Lanseria, so the market is the best place to get her fresh produce. She also offers micro-greens, sprouts and wheatgrass. Christa is involved in every aspect of the farming process so these are directly from her hands.
The second stall in the market is Wenslydale Farms. Now they do have their own website where you can order boxes and have them delivered to your house.
Alternatively, you can visit the stall and buy it all yourself. Wenslydale offers certified organic fruit and vegetables. With over 40 years of organic farming and beekeeping, their store is worth a visit.
Details: 40 Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg / www.bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za / 011 706 3671
They can be found at the Fourways Farmer’s Market or else you can buy directly from their store in Randpark Ridge. Maledi Fresh is a wholly black-owned family business that supplies fresh food products to restaurants, schools as well as to the public. Their products are replenished daily ,so you are always sure to get the freshest produce no matter what day of the week you visit. They have a separate section for their organic products too. Their website contains a seasonal chart which you can check and know which fruit and veggies are in stock and in season before you head out.
Details: Address: Lifestyle Garden Centre, Gourmet Market. Corner Beyers Naude and Ysterhout Ave, Randpark Ridge / www.maledifresh.co.za / 083 727 6844
By Samantha Snedorf