Clarens Country Market

Clarens Country Market

Small seasonal home industry and handcrafts garden market exclusively for Local Entrepreneurs to trade during Spring Summer and Autumn Clarens Country Market, situated in the front garden of our bookshop, gives LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS a venue to exhibit and sell their own wares and contribute to tourism in Clarens.

We specialize in SEASONAL HOME-GROWN PRODUCE & HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFTS. If you would like to participate, telephone Debra at 083 765 8901 - stall holders from greater Dihlabeng area are welcome.

Operating as usual

Some lovely compliments after our first market of the season... Thank you to all our Vendors; every one a superstar!

Hi Fi, Soo pleased the Market did so well, you are truly one of the Clarens legends. The death by chocolate cup cakes were Fab and the rusks the best as always. Wishing you and all whe vendors many more wonderful markets, love 💕 and hugs 🤗 always 🌻

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Salute the women who feed us 💖 While agriculture remains a predominantly male-dominated sector, a generation of female powerhouses have already taken up space and, if you ask us, chances are that most of the country's food will be produced by #shebosses in the future. Today, as South Africa commemorates Women's Month in...


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Fruitasia Fruit Trees

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Can't get to Clarens this weekend? The Ultimate Box brings a taste of the eastern Free State to your door.

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Thank you to everybody who participated!!! Be on the look out for our June competition... details to follow soon.

@Ethleen Booth, please contact Isobel @ [email protected] / 082 651 8627 to claim your prize and provide your details (and shoe size off course).

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Jane's Delicious Garden

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Unfortunately I don’t know who took this photo but kudos to them for a great series.
PS. If you want to see where the sun’s shadow will fall in six month’s time, observe the shadows of the full moon. That is roughly where the path the sun will follow in six months.

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“Two weeks into my job on Kruger’s farm, one of the men told me that he’d heard that September had already left Mostert’s and was living somewhere around Rustenburg.
‘Good,’ I said, ‘at least he got away.’” ~ Botlhale Tema

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Land of my Ancestors by Botlhale Tema is available at bookstores or as e-book:

African Marmalade

A few months ago we sold yellow maize seeds to a farmer in Matatiele. Today he sent us pictures of his maize that he will harvest next month. He is very happy with his yield. We are proud of what he has produced under dry farming and no use of harmful chemicals. Thank you Themba Dingindlela, we look forward to the expansion of your farming. We will always be there to support you and provide guidance.


De Leeuw Fruit Tree Nursery and Family Farm

2020 Variety list and order forms now available . Tree sales resume June to August 2020


Hope, comfort and fortitude for you. Angel Card Decks from R120 each. To reserve yours call or message Debra 083 765 8901

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I wonder how many will succumb to starvation because of misinformation and ignorance during Covid-19?

“A SAPS Constable is making sure they do not sell seed, as according to this enlightened member... “nothing grows in winter”. “

Yoga Works

Earth Day 2020 🌿

This poem was written by Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Rest now, e Papatūānuku
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
For awhile
We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home
Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say we were doing it for you
as much as ourselves
But hei aha
We’re doing it anyway
It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think
About others
Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers
🍃 Gentle palms
Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong
For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain
Finally, it’s raining!
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe
Embrace it
This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you
He iti noaiho - a small offering
People always said it wasn’t possible
To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption
But it was
It always was.
We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
- and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt
But not as much as you have been hurt.
So be still now
Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist
Heal -
And we will do the same.

Edited to add: thank you for the amazing response to this poem! I never expected it to travel so far and wide. Many people have asked who the author is so I wanted to clarify that I wrote this poem on the train home after the announcement of total lockdown was made here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I felt like I could hear Papatūānuku exhaling in relief as we all began our journeys home. In truth, one month of lockdown is not enough. Even six months would not be enough! We need a total and sustained change of habit, globally and within our own communities. I hope so much we take our time to reflect on the fact that if we can do it to save ourselves for a month, we ought to be able to make similar habit changes for Mother Earth for the long term. The most telling thing for me was how empty our veggie plant aisles were after lockdown was announced - in a crisis, we will turn back to our mother to provide (and of course she will!).
Lots of people have asked for translations...
Papatūānuku - Mother Earth (the addition of the “e” in front signals the words are addressed or spoken directly to her.)
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe - means something like, “tears from the eyes of Ranginui drip down on you” (Ranginui is our sky father, it is common to refer to rain as the tears of Rangi for his beloved, from whom he was separated at the beginning of time in order that there could be light in the world). Not long after the announcement we were moving to level 3, it poured with rain in Porirua after many months of hot and dry weather. I could feel my garden rejoicing.
Hei aha - This can be translated in many ways, but I meant it like the English “oh well, whatever”
He iti noaiho - “something small”. Because our sacrifice feels enormous but in reality I think it is not sufficient to truly see Papatūānuku recover. However, in Māori, we often talk about the significance of small actions or gestures. We say “ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.” Although it is small, it is a treasure.
Thank you so much for the support 🙌🍃

Super idée

Défi confinement 🙃✌ c'est le bon moment pour faire un potager dans votre appartement ou votre maison 🍅🍓🥕🍆🥔🧅🧄🥦🥬🥒🌶🌽.
Vous avez juste besoin de volonté et de quelques idées pour y arriver 💪
Faisons-le 👏 et partageons des photos de nos potagers jour après jour
Avec ces idées, des fruits 🍓 et légumes 🍅 🍆 vont pousser chez vous :
- Des idées de plantes qui poussent en pots
- Des idées de plantes qui poussent en intérieur
- Des idées de jardinières pratiques et créatives

Radio Today Johannesburg

Keep growing whatever food you can at home ... every little bit counts.

Farmers in The Cradle of Humankind are hard at work growing food naturally so you can eat well. There is a network of farms within a 20km radius that grow a wide range of crops, they use one farm for distribution and ensure you get almost everything you need. That is the kind of synergy we need to see more often in the farming community. A BIG shout out to Emmanuel for growing that amazing okra and tomatoes, another shout out goes to Richard who grows cabbages, green beans, and supplies free range eggs, oh and not.forgetting William who is taking full advantage of the sub tropical weather he has to grow very interesting stuff and for always having those crates of lemons, chillies and fresh maize.

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Clarens Country Market, situated in the front garden of our bookshop, gives LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS a venue to exhibit and sell their own wares and contribute to tourism in Clarens. We specialize in SEASONAL HOME-GROWN PRODUCE & HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFTS. Stall holders from greater Dihlabeng area are welcome.

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