Visit these 10 farm stalls on your next road trip through the Eastern Cape. (Photo: iStock)
You're not yourself when you're hungry - don't let the hanger win this spring.
Are you craving a wholesome and tasty meal or something homegrown and homemade without the sins of processed food?
Or are you perhaps just in need of some freshly baked bread coated with some personalised jam spreads while sitting under a haze of fresh, unpolluted - and possibly ripe - farm air?
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Well, if that is the case, be sure to appease your appetite at one of these 7 wholesome farmstalls dotted around the Eastern Cape:
If you find yourself trekking along the breathtaking Sunshine Coast area - be sure to swing by this farmers market.
WHERE: Off R67, Bathurst, Sunshine Coast
WHEN: Sundays between 09:00 - 12:30
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Pop in at this fresh food haven if you find yourself passing through Alexandria and grab some padkos - most famous for their game pies and fresh roosterkoek and freshly brewed coffee.
WHERE: N2 Hwy & R72, Alexandria, Port Elizabeth
WHEN: Open seven days a week and on public holidays (except on Christmas Day and New Years' Day) - 08:00 and 17:30
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Despite its name, you can indulge in readily wholesome fare at this farmstall.
Splurge on a variety of more than 50 homemade jams and preserves, dried fruit, Dutch cheeses, biltong, droëwors, mouth-watering homemade tarts, biscuits, fudge, nougat as well as a big range of souvenirs.
WHERE: +/-50Km from Cradock on the right - between Port Elizabeth and Cradock
WHEN: Open 7 days a week. Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00 & Weekends: 08:00 – 15:00
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Get some more fresh delicacies and the renowned roosterkoek over at this farm stall that sits near the town of Alexandria.
WHERE: Route 72 - 18 km west of Alexandria
WHEN: Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 17:00 & Saturdays: 08:00 - 15:00
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Padlangs - The Gamtoos Valley
This quirky stop along the R331 has a unique and trendy style as well as a range of fun things and incredible views to match - this is a must-see stop for any road tripper passing by.
Some of the features on site include a splash pad, outdoor shower for cyclists, a giant chess set and a fully stocked country shop!
WHERE: R331, Patensie
WHEN: Daily: 8:30 – 16:00
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Located at the crossroads of the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof regions, this farmstall introduces visitors to the magnificent Tsitsikamma Mountains, green pastures of the surrounding dairy farms and sits just a short distance from the coastal village of Eersterivier.
Breathe in the incredible scenery, the fresh Tsitsikamma air while enjoying a staple pairing of roosterkoek and coffee and browse the extensive on-site gift shop.
WHERE: Corner of the R102 and Eersterivier Road, Humansdorp, Eastern Cape
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This farm stall is more than your regular fresh food stop. It is a veritable treasure-trove featuring exquisite and interesting things - some imported, some local. They include a range of gifts and products as well as woodwork of the highest quality, world-renowned decoupage, mosaic, art and Africana.
Foodies can get their fix from a variety of spices, cheeses, meats (including biltong and droëwors), delicious locally baked goods, sweets and drinks.
WHERE: Erf 1047 (the Orange Building right next to the R72 road opposite the Boesmansriviermond turnoff), Riverbend, Boesmansriviermond
WHEN: Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 17:15 | Saturdays: 09:00 - 14:00 | Sundays: 10:00 - 14:00
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