Stanford Harvest(s) at Sunset Market

Stanford Harvest is one of those unique establishments that combines (home produced) food with art and in the future also with mead pre-processed by a few million bees of their own bee hives. The premises, on the outskirts of the village, opened a few months ago. And word spreads. Promotion by word-of-mouth is the best some people say. And going to the people is also very important. And so Athol and Vivienne could be found on the Sunset Market yesterday which is organised on the Village Green every last Friday of the month between 6 and 8 PM. All fish cakes, bobotie portions and sweet corns (which were freshly harvest and prepared just before the market started) SOLD!!! Not a bad start for a ‘beginner’.

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Weekend greetings from the coffee table in ….

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Life is good in the Village

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Start an Elemental Organic Veggie garden – Workshop in Stanford

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I have been asked by “Your Local Food Heroes”  to present a  vegetable and herb workshop  in Stanford on 16  November.

The workshop will be intensely practical and fun, teaching you how to start and grow your own vegetable garden covering soil preparation, composting, planning your garden, companion planting, seeds and seedlings.

Booking is essential as space is limited. Cath Croxton from Your Local Food Heroes can be emailed at croxton@gmail.com for details and bookings

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Come along and learn how to put fresh, pesticide free food on your table all year round.

 

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Yes; we do like our wines

Stanford is within South Africa an insignificant role player in the wine industry but abroad the wines can virtually only be found in upmarket restaurants and specialized liquor stores/wine-boutiques.

That has a reason; don’t you think?

Yes, we don’t only like our wines; we love them!!!

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And it doesn’t cost you a penny…

It doesn’t cost you a penny but it’s a great idea: starting your own Local Food Heroes in you area. Initiated  in Stanford, South Africa, with the idea that this movement should go accross the globe.

Buy only fresh locally produced food. Get a group of mindliking producers in your area together and start your own Local Food Heroes. Look into the link (mentioned above) and see that it works. Here in our village it’s a great success with the local supermarket selling less and less pre-processed food and plastic wrapped veggies from all over (except from the own area).

And the meat is sourced from free ranging animals without adding conservatives!

And that’s what you taste!

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Stanford from a German point of view

Last week the German TV-channel SWR broadcasted a 30 minutes documentary about the move of Jurgen & Susanne Schneider from Schriesheim (nr. Heidelberg in SouthWest Germany) to Stanford, South Africa, with them introducing the first Michelin Star in Stanford and the rest of South Africa. Thus making our village to the Culinary Center of the country. Springfontein Eats (opening in October) is situated in the 500 hectare large wine estate Springfontein.

The first half of the documentary deals with their farewell in Germany and the second half is mostly at the ‘building site’ where the old homestead is transformed into a restaurant. Not everything goes the German/North European way; it’s Africa here and that means ‘Africa Time’ and that challenges ones ability to be patient. Oh, yes; we know all about it and after 13+ years in South Africa we still have to get used to it ourselves …..

Here a few pictures from the building site; the original limestone walls are over 200 years old and 80 cm wide.

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