Posted by: Soulgrow | November 30, 2011

Green hob-nobbing with Angelina et al in Durbs!

Whole Food Market relocates to Green Hub for night event during Durban Green Festival


The Green Hub will be abuzz with activity between 30 November to 9 December during the upcoming Durban Green Festival (25 November to 9 December). Local foodies, crafters and art fans will all be pleased to hear that the Whole Food Market will relocate to the Green Hub on Thursday, 1 December for a night market.

The Green Hub, which is situated at Blue Lagoon on the south bank of the uMngeni Estuary, will also feature a daily community market, a riverside beer garden, as well as a host of sporting events in the Durban Green Corridor.

All featuring locally sourced and handmade products, the variety of markets that will be taking place at the Green Hub will give Durban locals as well as the 15 000 COP 17/CMP7 (COP17) climate change conference visitors to Durban the chance see what the local foodie and craft scene is all about. The Green Hub will be the epicentre of the Durban Green Festival, which will be offering a family orientated programme including a variety of climate-related installations as well as a top quality entertainment and activity programme, at a number of locations between the Green Hub and uShaka Marine World.

The Whole Food Night Market will kick off at 17:00 and 21:00 on Thursday, 1 December. The market, already a firm favourite with the Durban community, will be “looking to promote the eclectic mix of organic food and homemade craft vendors that we have selected”, said Darryl Hoffman, market organiser.

Having spent two months sourcing approximately 45 local vendors who sell organic, unique and homemade crafts and food, and by working in conjunction with the Green Hub and the Durban Green Festival, “we hope to provide a platform for these local traders, offering them more exposure and opportunities to further their business”, said Hofmann.

The Green Hub will also have a daily Community Market between Monday, 5 December and Friday, 9 December, which will promote local and rural African ladies crafts and will also feature products from the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network.
As well as the various markets, the Green Hub will also feature a Riverside Beer Garden which will be open daily for the full duration of the festival. Live music and entertainment will also be on offer at a stage at the Green Hub for the duration of the festival. The Mind Body Soul marquee, which will focus on health, wellness and psychic activities for the entire family, will also feature at the Green Hub on 3 and 4 December.

Another focal point at the Green Hub during the Durban Green Festival will be the ‘My Green Home’ exhibition. Designed in the format of a house and garden, this exhibit will contain a comprehensive range of technologies and solutions that can be applied to greening the home or workplace.

The Green Hub building will be open between 08:00 to 21:00 for the entirety of the Durban Green Festival. The activity programme (see is designed to enable Durban residents to visit after work and over the evening supper period, as well as to accommodate the conference visitors. For more information and updated event schedules, visit

Posted by: Soulgrow | November 15, 2011

Go Green this festive season

Go Green this festive season

The Green Market in Pretoria regularly showcases green & eco-friendly ways to live

Wish I could be there! Maybe next year… well done Melissa et al – keep up the great work!

Saturday 3 December:
Annual Green X-mas Night Market

Where: Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

Time: 16:00-21:00

Pack a Picnic Blanket, bring your family and friends and be inspired to “Green” your X-mas in 2011. Live music, Stalls, fresh food and drinks, demos, activities for kids etc

Contact Melissa of The Green Market: 083 562 5249,
Facebook page for photos and more info on upcoming event:

Posted by: Soulgrow | November 14, 2011

‘Tis the season to visit markets & gift fairs

Christmas Fairs abound throughout the world at this time of year. Assuming you’ve got a bit of spare change lying around this year, check out some festive season shopping/browsing suggestions from the Cape Peninsula and South Africa:

And here’s s a great looking one from the West Coast of the US:

Santa celebrates summer in South Africa, courtesy of Cape Point Route

A bounteous organic haul from the Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

The Fair features a variety of organic and artisanal exhibitors.

Need some weekend rest and recreation? Enjoy a chilled day out with the whole family at the Holistic Lifestyle Fair & Green Market

Looking for something very relaxing and a little different to do with friends and family on the weekend? Come and visit the Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair & Green Market at the Observatory Recreation Centre on Sunday 6 November, 10am-4pm.


A shady picnic on the grass, artisan cheese, organic olives and chocolate, traditional sweet shop confectionery, fresh juice creations, newly baked artisan bread & croissants, organic chocolates, free range eggs, Indian sweetmeats, divine coffee, Sunday papers, a head, neck & shoulder massage, organic soy massage candles, comfy bohemian clothes, unique jewellery creations, soulful live music by the popular Jamie Jupiter*, a free showing of the film ‘Peaceful Warrior’ with Nick Nolte**, an insightful life reading, interesting people, great company, well-loved books, one-of-a-kind artistic works, friendly dogs, happy children, a game of chess… why would you want to be anywhere else on a Sunday?

Not just your average weekend market, the Fair’s 120+ holistic, alternative, organic and eco-friendly exhibitors have been showcasing and promoting more conscious, wholesome and just plain juicy ways of living since 1997. Come and sample some of the best health, wellness, organic, eco-friendly and artisanal products and services available in the country.

The Fair is very family friendly, with a special section featuring DreamWeaver jungle gyms in two play areas, jumping castle, cupcake decorating, sand art, face painter, balloons, activity area etc. For animal lovers, there will be dogs for adoption and products for sale from LEAPS. A doggy oasis is also available inside the main Fair area for tired pooches (well-behaved dogs welcome at the Fair!)

Entry: R10 adults; R5 teens, students & pensioners; U12s free (donate items at the gate for our charity drive and get in for half-price.)

Free patrolled parking adjacent to & in streets around the venue.

Info: 021 788 8088 or 083 3329785 or or Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair on Facebook

Next 2011 Fairs: 6 Nov, 4 & 18 Dec (Xmas fair).

NEW: Saturday 17th Dec (09h00-13h00) sees the launch of our exciting Baby & Kids Lifestyle Market at the Obs Recreation Centre (see Baby & Kids Lifestyle Market on Facebook).

*FEATURED MUSICIAN 6/11/11: JAMIE JUPITER The Fair’s featured musician between 12h00 and 14h00 on the 6th is the popular and talented Jamie Jupiter who performs solo as a mind-blowing one-man band. By looping an impressive array of rootsy percussion and indigenous instruments with guitar and bass, he creates a sound that is both modern and authentic. Jamie has toured the UK, USA and Canada, Reunion island and Germany with “The African Music Workshop Ensemble”, played with the glam-rock sensation “The Honeymoon Suites” in the 90’s and won a Fleur du Cap for best cabaret 2009 with the mock country show “Angels on Horseback”. Come and listen to him stretch his musical muscles, from playing traditional African music, delectable-dub, high-kicking gypsy grooves, fun-filled disco-funk, to ecstatic techno tribal trance.

** FEATURED FILM 6/11/11: ‘Peaceful Warrior’ with Nick Nolte This inspirational film will be repeated: 11h00-13h00 and 13h30-15h30

Posted by: Soulgrow | October 24, 2011

Markets mushrooming all over the Mother City!

New markets still popping up everywhere in CT!

Village Market @ Cape Quarter

Gusto Cafeteria Organic Market

Photo from Gusto Cafeteria's Facebook page

Posted by: Soulgrow | October 7, 2011

The country comes to Cape Town

Yay for all things country!!

Swartland Country Market in Kirstenbosch

Swartland Country Market @ Kirstenbosch Sat 8 October 2011

Posted by: Soulgrow | October 7, 2011

Lovely London markets

Loving these markets…

Sunday UpMarket

Backyard Market

Backyard Market London

Posted by: Soulgrow | September 30, 2011

Markets ‘grow’ in popularity worldwide

As if we in SA didn’t already know that markets are hot and happening, more good news about the growing (excuse the pun) popularity of produce and farmers markets:

Betty and her delicious Fynbos Honey at the Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair in Cape Town

Posted by: Soulgrow | September 19, 2011

Market fever hits Jozi with a vengeance

Cheese stall at the long-running Blubird Wholefood Market in Joburg

Whether you’re a trendspotter who loves to frequent the most happening of hotpsots, or whether you prefer the familiar old favourite haunts, check out all the latest exciting market offerings in Jozi, courtesy of The Next 48 hours:

Posted by: Soulgrow | September 3, 2011

Do you take this man/woman with your fresh produce? I do!

How about this for a novel idea? This couple are tying the knot at their fave farmers market in North Carolina, USA. Certainly saves cleaning up afterwards!

I do!

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