Hazel Food Market is an outdoor pop-up market in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. It is situated in the Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park. There are 78 food stalls along the outside of the park’s triangle with lovely trees nestled in the middle. Tables and benches are scattered below the trees providing a wonderful peaceful setting where customers rub shoulders and share tables, enjoying the market fare.
Several stalls at the market sell wonderfully fresh produce. You can go to the Juice Bar and order your combination of fruit which is transformed into a juice right in front of your eyes. Not even speaking of the bakers who bake through the night to give you the freshest artisan breads, muffins and pastries. These wonderful bakers are Pauli from the Bread Gypsy, Cassien from Barn Bread and Kevin from the Baker Boys. You can also enjoy fresh fruit and veggies from Frank and Arlete’s DayBreak stall. Heidi brings her olive products straight from their olive farm outside Broederstroom. Mandy from Mooberry brings milk, butter, yoghurt and eggs straight from their farm.
The market is also a place to slow down and chat. It’s great that many of the stalls are manned by the producers of the products. The great thing about this is that they can share their knowledge on the products as well as build relationships with their customers. It’s great going somewhere where they know your name and the way you take your coffee. Philip from Spout Coffee roasts his beans fresh each week for the market. While all Liezl’s meat and biltong at her Nika’s stall comes from her parents in Delmas, where they get meat from local farmers.
If you are looking for something really exquisite, don’t miss Jeanene’s Aux Petit Four stall. She bakes the most delightful chocolate peanut butter cheesecake you’ve ever tasted. Also visit Sizalda’s Taska stall for her Portuguese milktarts (pasteis de natas). Maria from Anush makes wonderful wraps and pastas flavoured with beetroot, spinach or sundried tomatoes.
The Hazel Food Market is something to experience. You can’t live in Gauteng and not become addicted to the market. It’s a great place to meet friends outside on a Saturday morning and it’s a wonderful place to pick up your weekly groceries and specialist products. You will love tasting the cheese from Belnori where Rina and Norman makes cheese from goat’s, sheep’s and cow’s milk.