South Africans are beginning to support the rapidly emerging organic market, not only because it’s really trendy, but also because of a growing awareness that organic food is healthier and better for you and the environment.

If you don’t already know about your local organic market – well, you should, here they are:

The Neighbourgoods Market: The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town

The Neighbourgoods Market is an independent initiative founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, whose aim is to revive and reinvent the Public Market as a civic institution. This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises.

Saturdays 9am to 2pm

Johannesburg Neighbourgoods Market (launching Spring 2011)

The Bay Harbour Market: Hout Bay, Cape Town

Bay Harbour is situated on the water’s edge in the old authentic part of the Hout Bay Harbour and comprises more than 100 stalls in an old fish factory, including external tented alleys and courtyards.

Friday 5 pm to 10pm (in summer), Saturdays 9am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm (All trading areas are weather-proofed)

The Earthfair Market: Tokai, Cape Town

Featuring the likes of Stokkiesdraai Biltong, Salad Lover and Montague cheese bringing a great range of cheeses to the Tokai market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Saturdays 9am – 2pm, Wednesdays 3pm – 8pm and at the St Georges Mall
on Thursdays 11am– 4pm

Rondebosch Village Market: Cape Town

A small market  offering a wide variety of organic and  biodynamic fresh produce as well as jams, pickles, cheeses and other dairy products. There are also a few stalls for hand-made goods.

Saturdays 7.30 to midday

The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market: Stellenbosch, Western Cape

An authentic Slow Food market consisting of producers selling products they have sourced, grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed themselves. The market place is located on the Dorpstreet square in Bosman’s Crossing trading village in Stellenbosch.

Saturdays 9am to 2pm

Franschhoek Farmers Market: Western Cape

October-May. Weather permitting every week  under the Oaks at The Dutch reformed Church. Breakfasts, fresh foodstuff, pastries,cheeses, good coffee, arts and crafts, and lots of fun.

Saturdays 9am-1pm

Bryanston Organic Market: Johannesburg

The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is Johannesburg’s original outdoor market. When you visit our market, you will enter an environment where the emphasis is on quality hand crafted goods, unique art and photography, clothing made from natural fibres, a deli filled with rich, wholesome foods and, of course, fresh organic and naturally grown produce.

Thursdays and Saturdays 9am to 3pm