Kim Wiggett

“Your tomatoes are fantastic”, a customer at the local Reko market tells Kim Wiggett.  Kim already knows this because her dogs, Rusty and Freddie, love snacking on her tomatoes. After years of listening to podcasts, to relieve the tedium of her hour-long commute to and from a crazy corporate job, Kim decided to change her…

Slow Midlands Meets Enaleni

The Slow Food movement, started 30 years ago in reaction to the introduction of fast food outlets in Italy, is flourishing in the Midlands right now. Three new communities have been formed – SF Community of Mpophomeni Food Conservation, SF Community of Midlands Regenerative Producers and SF Community of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Supporters. The principles of…

Edible Weed Experience

When you book accommodation with Airbnb, a list of interesting things to do in the area, pops up. In collaboration with Slow Food International, Airbnb are encouraging unusual and unique foodie experiences. The Edible Weed Experience, is exactly that. “People traveling abroad are increasingly seeking authentic and transformative travel experiences. Slow Food can provide them…

Wild Bread Co

Man cannot live on bread alone.  He needs music, poetry, flowers and long walks with the dogs too.  Paul Hildyard spends large parts of each day in his Wild Bread Co bakery, hand building beautiful loaves.  The rest of the time he relishes life in the Midlands – making the most of wonderful places to…

Shereen Duncan

Shereen grew up in the suburbs of Johannesburg, where raw green leaves were never on the menu. “Luckily there were Portuguese Greengrocers in the area, so we ate lots of fruit and fresh veg – but everything was well cooked.”   Nowadays, she cannot imagine life without plenty of green food, “I wouldn’t survive!” she laughs….

Bramleigh Farm

What happens when a teacher/graphic designer/ceramicist and a sound engineer/internet technician/solar expert move to an out of the way property to run a guesthouse and farm?  Magic, obviously!  Kait and Andre Kauerauf of Bramleigh Farm brought a variety of skills to their forest-side property (owned by Andre’s family) and created something much bigger than the…

Love Bread

Not many people get to wander along moonlit country roads on their way to work in the morning.  Thembi and Lungi Hadebe set off from their Lidgetton home in the quiet hours after midnight to get to the bakery, so that Midlanders can enjoy fresh, wood-fired loaves with their lunch.  Before there is even a…

Essenwood Micro-Dairy

Megan Wood has wanted to milk cows and be a farmer since she was a little girl. Living in the suburbs, with her husband and young family, she simply couldn’t wait any longer and rescued a cow with a wonky leg and three teats that was certain to be culled. Katherine came to live in…

Dragon Fruit

Local legend has it that dragons sleep beneath the rolling hills of the Midlands.  As the morning mist creeps along the valleys and the early sun paints the hilltops pink, it is easy to believe in magic. Urban escapees, Mark and Fiona Hodgson, have been captivated by the area, adding to the mystery by creating…

Reko Rings

Supermarkets are marvellous as providing anonymity. The pre-cut stir fry pack bears little resemblance to an actual cabbage (let alone gives any hint of the bees that pollinated the flower), and it is very hard to imagine a lamb chop attached to a little sheep.  If customers got to meet the people who produced their…