In South Africa, a visit to a farm stall ('padstal' in Afrikaans) on the side of the road is part of any good journey – it's a great opportunity to stretch the legs and buy the best of local produce. From small, makeshift wooden shops to larger buildings (boasting on-site eateries), the farm stall is part of the South African landscape and definitely worth stopping the car to investigate further.

Did you know?

During season you can go and pick strawberries at Mooiberge Farm.

In the Eastern Cape province, perhaps the most famous farm stall is the Daggaboer Farm Stall between Cradock and Port Elizabeth. It has been voted as one of the best farm stalls in the country by a local travel magazine.

This is not surprising, as the colourful place is full of all that is delicious in the area – including its legendary droewors (dried sausage), biltong, cheeses, dried fruit and more than 50 types of jams and preserves. It's here you can enjoy a moer koffie (coffee brewed in a tin pot), chat to the locals and imbibe the essence of the Karoo as you taste the best milk tart outside of town.

Along the Garden Route, Nature's Way Farm Stall is a good choice, especially if you like cheese (the farm stall is situated on a dairy farm), while the Redberry Farm Stall is a great place to buy strawberries and other fresh and local items (there's a mini-train, a hedge maze and pony rides on offer for the kids).

In the Western Cape, the Winelands have wonderful farm stalls as you meander through the wine estates in search of that perfect tipple. En route to Robertson, try the Affie Plaas farm stall for a range of delicious goodies (including chocolate salami) and organic wines. Also in Robertson is the Country Goodies Farm Stall at Rooiberg Winery, which has some of the best jams around and koeksisters (a braided syrup-coated doughnut) ready to go.

The Florida Farm Stall in Wellington is where you'll find venison pies, bokkoms (dried fish), farm butter and still-warm bread. Here the kids can pat the farm animals while you shop up a storm.

The colourful scarecrows at Mooiberge Farm Stall in Stellenbosch beckon, and you'll soon know why – rows and rows of gorgeous produce are on offer, including unusual oils and a pretty nice selection of wines as well.

In KwaZulu-Natal you might want to stop off at Pucketty Farm Stall in Underberg for loaves of delicious bread, quiches, jams, pâtés and beer; or at the Piggly Wiggly stall near Howick, which has fantastic cheese, pickles and local craft beer.

In Mpumalanga, look out for Pat's Stall in Hazyview for fabulous relishes, sauces and red fig jam; or try Eric's farm stall for fresh veg and a spot of mampoer (the local version of moonshine).

While in Limpopo province you can stop off at any makeshift farm stall for gorgeous green avos during avo season. For those visiting the Free State, there are farm stalls in and around towns like Clarens and Ficksburg.

Wherever you go in South Africa, you'll come across farm stalls en route to somewhere else – and your friends, relatives and taste buds will thank you.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Affie Plaas Farm Stall
Tel: +27 (0)23 626 4567
Email: info@affieplaas.co.za

Mooiberge Farm Stall
Tel: +27 (0)21 881 3222
Email: winery@zetler.co.za

Daggaboer Farm Stall
Tel: +27 (0)82 568 6174
Email: isoneeth@telkomsa.net

Pucketty Farm Stall
Tel: +27 (0)33 701 1035

Best time to visit

Farm stalls are generally open during the daytime hours.

Tours to do

Visit the Temenos Retreat when visiting the town of McGregor. For some luxurious road-tripping, take a slow drive along the Midlands Meander route and stop off for antiques, beer and delicious local produce along the way.

Get around

Hire a car and take a road trip through South Africa, stopping off at the wonderful farm stalls along the way.

What will it cost

Generally prices are pretty reasonable at these farm stalls, particularly when it comes to produce in season.

Where to stay

Stay over at a wine estate or guest house in Robertson or Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. In Cradock you can book an overnight stay at the historic tuishuise (townhouses), and if you're in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, how about a luxurious stay-over at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa?

What to eat

The carrot cake at Pucketty Farm Stall, feta pies at Affie Plaas and fresh loaves of bread at the Florida Farm Stall in Wellington.

Best buys

Jams, preserves, fresh produce and the best of local wines.