The roots of the Prince Albert Saturday Market go back more than 150 years. And although its range of delicious goods is truly 21st century, it hasn’t lost its historical charm. Pop in for organic produce, artisanal breads and tasty home-made treats. The market is pretty informal (as with most things in the Karoo) and what you see is what you get.

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Prince Albert Tourism won Best Food Stall at the 2013 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival).

The Prince Albert Saturday Market is a popular attraction in this quaint Karoo village, with its heritage buildings and vibrant food culture. Prince Albert, which lies about an hour's drive north of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa, also hosts an olive festival each April.

The roots of the Prince Albert Saturday Market date back to October 1855, when the then-governor – Sir George Grey – gave the town permission to hold a weekly market. This tradition was observed for many years, but eventually faded away. However, in December 1997, the Prince Albert Tourism Association resurrected the market.

Here, organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables are a hit as shoppers can buy directly from the producer – you really don't get fresher than at this market.

Start your visit with a traditional breakfast pancake and some strong coffee or tea; look out for the artisanal olive bread and brioche stand; visit the table with the date and apple tarts and local cookies; or take away some dried fruit and goats’ cheese for later.

For souvenirs there are craft stalls, while you can make a difference and support the White Elephant stall manned by the Thursday Club ladies, who gather donations and sell these to support local charities and a soup kitchen.

Enjoy lunch at the jaffle (an old-fashioned round, grilled sandwich) stall with its organic venison, curry mince, lamb and chicken fillings; or cheese, onion and tomato for the vegetarians. There are also mini-lemon meringue pies and individual milk tarts.

You can also drop in at the museum next door and sample some witblits – South African 'moonshine' made from grapes.

And once you're done at the market, why not spend some time exploring the back roads and scenic areas in and around this beautiful hamlet.

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