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The woman who was born to be a butcher

The woman who was born to be a butcher

Her great-grandfather was a butcher. Her grandfather was one. Both her parents were in the industry. So the knowledge and ability to make a living from meat, were passed down to Michelle Basson from three generations before her. Michelle, owner of Bigos Butchery in Worcester, has become a regular vendor at the Pure Boland Market….

Worcester sauce from Worcester. And it’s exquisite!

Worcester sauce from Worcester. And it’s exquisite!

Worcester(shire) sauce like you’ve never tasted before. Uses for Worcester sauce that you could never even imagine. That’s what you’ll encounter when you stop at Miss J.L. Hall’s Worcester Sauces stall at the Pure Boland Market (or any wine, olive, cheese and meat festival around the Western Cape and beyond). Each drop is packed with…

Who knew stroopwafels could be such a powerful tool?

Who knew stroopwafels could be such a powerful tool?

Yes, stroopwafels are as delicious as they look! If you haven’t discovered them yet: • They consist of two sweet and semi-crispy cinnamon biscuits (somewhere between a waffle and a wafer but much tastier!) with a caramel-cinnamon filling. • They go from great to divine if you leave them on top of a cup of…

Green beans to black gold…in the hands of a teacher

Green beans to black gold…in the hands of a teacher

Deon de Bruyn went from being daunted by 2 kg of coffee beans that needed to be sold, to signing supply deals with big-brand wineries’ restaurants (think Four Cousins big) in just five years. Knowledge, skill, passion, hard work…of course all the elements of a success story are there. The twist is that the first few…

‘This means I’m giving my children opportunities’

‘This means I’m giving my children opportunities’

The home-made cream cheese, milk, cream and butter from Wouter Rabie’s farm in the Nonna valley, is quite literally a labour of love. Labour – hard, hard work – is essential in producing even a small amount of Jacolien Rabie’s cheese or butter. But she does it with love, because the income she generates from…

Sanoline’s jaffles & jam: A business born from a bottle of peaches

Sanoline’s jaffles & jam: A business born from a bottle of peaches

A bottle of dessert peaches served at a social. For Sanoline Viljoen that was the start of her seven-year run as one of the stalwarts of the Groenstoor. It was in January 2009 that she served those peaches to a few family members. Tharina Jonker, founder of the Pure Boland Market, was one of them….

Trendy fashion accessories at irresistible prices

Trendy fashion accessories at irresistible prices

To be able to recreate a complicated crocheted garment after you’ve had only a good look at it, is a gift. To sell that garment for less than half the price it would cost in any fashion store, is a gift too: to your customers. That is how Linda Smit goes about her business. Each…

Cookies so great it created ten full-time jobs

Cookies so great it created ten full-time jobs

Annelise Stofberg’s story is one of successful job creation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit. And of course home-made cookies, rusks and sweets so popular that ten employees work full-time to keep up supply. Cookies – ginger, custard, coffee, you name it – are produced in their thousands and sold at boutique outlets and popular markets. Rusks,…

Sylvan Rest: Ordinary kitchen, spectacular yield

Sylvan Rest: Ordinary kitchen, spectacular yield

The three tall, leafless trees right next to the house are barely noticed by anyone. Until Dihana Kloppers mentions, with a bright smile, that she gets the nuts for her exquisite pecan tartlets from them. Every morning begins with a quick pick-up of pecans that fell to the ground. The story repeats itself for almost…

An Italian lady’s legacy lives on in Mama Rosa’s Pasta

An Italian lady’s legacy lives on in Mama Rosa’s Pasta

A little business with a big Italian heart…and a story line worthy of a Hollywood classic. That’s Mama Rosa’s Pasta – the wholesome home-made tagliatelle sold every first Saturday of the month at the Pure Boland Market in Brandwacht. Owner Maria Cardoso and her right-hand lady, Rosie Tembisa, spend each month mixing up ingredients, stretching…