Locavore’s Guide to Planet Midlands

Do you know who produced the ingredients in your lunch? Every meal I eat I am able to thank almost everyone personally for the contribution they made to my plate of food. Not forgetting the butterflies, rivers, bees, farm workers, sunshine and shop keepers that all played a role before the ingredients got to my…

Eataleni

Richard Haigh is a farmer. A baker, a cheese maker, a cook, a seed saver, plantsman, food activist, creative spirit and all round lovely human. He probably makes candles too. His small scale agro-ecological farm, Enaleni, just outside Pietermaritzburg is home to heritage Zulu sheep, landrace Kolbroek pigs and Nguni cattle, traditional ugatigati maize and…

Midlands Barter Markets

The revolution has begun! In the past couple of years, barter markets have begun to flourish in the Midlands. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the speed and chaos of modern life and are searching for a slower, more considered and mindful way of living.  While we may have plenty of money, often we don’t…

A Long Table for Lunch

The mist settled on our wine glasses and made the salads sparkle at the Long Table Lunch hosted by Erica Brown of Sōlfood in Karkloof last weekend. A light drizzle was not enough to deter enthusiastic foodies from enjoying her vegetarian feast surrounded by verdant hills, with a beautiful valley view of Albert Falls Dam….

It is a Goats Life

Fran Vermaak of Swissland Cheese really gets on with her goats – ensuring they produce the delicious milk which goes into her interesting cheeses. Convinced that real care makes a real difference; her goats have names, homes and a comfortable retirement. “My goats are free to roam in the grassland, so eat a variety of…

Julia Lambeth-Dawson

My Local Choice After living on an island for five years where every scrap of food was imported from miles away, Julia Lambeth-Dawson thought  she had landed in foodie paradise when she relocated to the KZN Midlands.  “I was blown away by the taste and constantly commented to my friends about their good fortune at…

The Farmer’s Daughter

There is absolutely no doubt that Jennifer Pretorius has had a big impact in theMidlands community. Everyone loves her food and now we can get it everyday of the week (except Mondays) at her funky new restaurant in Tweedie.  Jen doesn’t do ordinary – one doesn’t usually expect red velvet cupcakes to come decorated with a spotted…