The Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market was started in 1999 by Rose Brettell and Susan Garner, whose vision was to create a food-only farmers’ market in Sedgefield where seasonal, local foods could be sold direct from Garden Route based farmers and producers at competitive prices to the public in an old-fashioned country setting.
The appeal of the Wild Oats market in Sedgefield is its fair pricing (usually well below retail) and the exclusivity of the products sold: preference is given to producers who sell at the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market exclusively. A strong focus on product quality and seasonal produce ensures shoppers get the best and freshest foods, and sellers avoid an over supply of products and keep wastage to a minimum.
Permanent wooden market stalls are arranged around a tree-shaded seating area with rustic timber tables and wooden log-stools for up to 600 people. Foodies are heartily encouraged to first do their shopping and then eat what they’ve purchased in the communal area or enjoy a legendary Wild Oats cooked breakfast. Kids have ample space to run and play, and well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.
Come rain or shine, the farmers’ market in Sedgefield offers a veritable feast of artisan breads, handmade charcuterie, eggs, milk, cakes, bakes, local cheese, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit, preserves, chutneys, fresh and smoked meats and fish, honey and more.
Virtually all the items sold are organic, natural or free-range. Please note that the market is open from sunrise until 11:30am on a Saturday. Trade is brisk and early birds definitely score the best spoils. Limited amounts of non-edible items such as water-wise plants, bunches of flowers, and hand crafted cosmetics are sold too.
Sustainability and recycling is central to the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market’s food philosophy. Food vendors selling ready-to-eat goods typically use recyclable containers and it’s expected that shoppers will use the recycle bins provided for all other waste.
Aside from the range and quality of foods, the Wild Oats market’s bestseller is its festive, family-friendly atmosphere. Stall holders and shoppers greet each other like kin, and visitors will instantly feel welcome in the company of this weekly gathering of community-minded, environmentally conscious food lovers.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market
Tel: +27 (0)44 883 1177
Cell: +27 (0)82 376 5020
How to get here
Sedgefield is off the N2 25km from the town of Knysna and 35km from the town of George. The Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market is 1.5 kilometres west of Sedgefield, at the Sedgefield Island turnoff (Engen Station). On either side of the Engen Station are the Scarab Craft and the Island flea markets. Look for the green and white Wild Oats Market banner 200 metres to the right of the turning circle.
Best time to visit
The market is open every Saturday throughout the year, from 7.30am to 11.30am in summer, and 8am and 11.30am in winter.
Around the area
Close to the Farmer’s market are the Scarab craft and the Island flea markets. Visit Bramon Wine estate in The Crags, in Plettenberg Bay. Between George and Knysna there are excellent golf courses and beaches, a variety of animal sanctuaries and opportunities for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, white water rafting and tree-top canopy tours.
A hire car would be your best option.
What will it cost
Entrance to the market is free. Once a month, the market's organisers permit one or two not-for-profit community organisations to attend the market to raise funds. All donations are voluntary.
Length of stay
Plan to spend three to four hours. Remember the market is open from sunrise until 11:30am on Saturdays so best to get there early.
What to pack
The market is outdoors so bring sun protection for summer days. Sturdy shopping bags or a pull-along shopping trolley would be useful.
Sedgefield Slow is a leisure and lifestyle festival held in early April.