The Pietermaritzburg Farmers Market was started by Mrs. Clifton in September
1991 with the help of the farmers in the area. It consisted of just 12
The market was held every Saturday morning from 6am behind the N.C.D
building (now Afgri) in Victoria Road. The market developed very quickly
and it soon had to be moved as it caused major traffic jams!
After six different venues we finally settled at our present site which
is in Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium.
The market has grown greatly since its inception and now consists of
86 stalls which cater for the following:
Soil: Vegetables, fruit, nuts, olives, flowers, seedlings
and various plants
Dairy: Cheeses, butter, yoghurt, milk, cream and cream
Grocery: Eggs, jams, marmalades, pickles, olive oil,
tea, honey and various condiments
Bakery: Bread, pies, cakes and biscuits
Paddock: Beef, lamb, pork and poultry
Food stalls: Chinese snacks, samoosas, curry, vetkoek,
pancakes and lots more
We are run by a committee who decide on the running of the market. The
current chairperson is Brian Tweddle who farms at Cramond and has a vegetable
stall at the market. He is one of the 4 original founder members that
still come to the market.
We are the only Farmers Market in the country that features a Town Crier: