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Interesting, Ethical & Artisan Food

Find interesting, ethical and artisan food in South Africa on Food With A Story as we bring you the story on ethical food producers across the country.

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Green Guerrillas Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.

Kommetjie, Cape Town, Western Cape

Green Guerrillas is a social enterprise that provides a practical working model of sustainability. We hold workshops and courses, host learning lunches, and sell our organic compost, vermicast, seedling mix and potting soil, encouraging anyone to start growing.


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EcoProducts Baobab powder Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.

Limpopo Province

Sarah Venter's fascination with baobab trees, along with her strong ethical and sustainability values, led to her starting EcoProducts in 2006. This superfruit is packed with health, and the products support communities and the future of the baobab in Africa,


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KishMish - Persian product range Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.


Delightfully colourful KishMish products bring Persian flavours into South African terrain. Sharon and Amal Ma'ani and their family are passionate about sharing Amal's heritage.


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Organic Footprints Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

This veggie box scheme focuses as much on supporting local Port Elizabeth producers as it does on sourcing certified organic. So it's a mix of both local, non-certified organic, and local organic.


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Yerba Mate South Africa Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.

City bowl / central city, Cape Town, Western Cape

Yerba mate is a natural hot drink prepared like tea, by steeping the yerba mate leaves in hot water. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals that give you stamina. It is also known for aiding weight-loss.


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The original Vovo Telo! Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Vovo Telo is now a successful nation-wide slow food franchise. But it was once just a wave of inspiration in a young surfer's mind. We visited the source in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth.


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Terra Madre SA Profiled:This listing has been produced by the team at Food With A Story and has a full story including an article, video clips and photographs.


Gillian O’Shea started Terra Madre SA because she was frustrated with not being able to purchase clean food. She now delivers organic produce and free range hormone free meat in Gauteng weekly.


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Cheese Gourmet

Linden, Johannesburg, Gauteng

From toys to cheese. Jo and Brian Dick made the shift and ignited a life long passion for food. They now sell over 140 different cheeses from forty five South African farms.


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The 2 Fat Butchers

“A passion and appetite for meat” is Andrew and Craig Broughton’s motto. These two Port Elizabeth born, Lancashire raised brothers have been steadily gaining fame as The 2 Fat Butchers. Their Leicestershire Pork Pies are devoured all around South Africa.


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Easy Living Food - raw food recipes

Several years in the making, this raw food recipe book is designed to live in your kitchen and really make a difference to the way you and your family eat on a daily basis.


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Mkholo Olive Farm

Hartbeespoort Dam, North West Province

Situated 65 kilometres from Johannesburg, near Hartbeespoort Dam, Mkholo Olive Farm is the first commercial olive farm on the Highveld. They're striving to go organic and keeping it as natural as possible.


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Mzansi Organic Teas & Les Jardins de Gaia

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Mzansi Organic Teas operates in Johannesburg and distributes the high quality fairtrade and organic teas of French organisation Les Jardins de Gaia.


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Braeside Meat Market

Parkhurst, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Caroline McCann started as a lawyer but has become a passionate promoter of ethically raised meat, through her butchery, Braeside Meat Market in Parkhurst, Johannesburg.


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Gourmet Gurus & The Farm Stall

Midrand, Gauteng

Gourmet Gurus restaurant and The Farm Stall are a very eco-conscious set up that focuses on local, organic, free range goods. They make and grow most of their products and ingredients on site, and use eco-building concepts too!


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Wensleydale Organics

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Wensleydale is more than a certified organic farm. It was started by one of the pioneers of organic food in South Africa, and now acts as a distribution centre for fresh and dry goods across SA.


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Calorie Conscious

Fourways, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Calorie Conscious is a business that has tasked itself with the doing the hard work for busy people who don’t want to spend the time required to ensure they are eating a balanced, healthy low-fat diet.


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Market on Main

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Market On Main is "made for the people of Joburg by the people of Joburg". Stallholders are Gauteng based food producers and designers. Located at Arts On Main.


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Swissland Goat's Cheese Farm

Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal

Now an institution in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Swissland Farm was established in 1992 by farmer Fran Isaac. Now with a herd of 70 goats the farm provides a goat and cheese experience that people flock to.


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Mrs Bread Care - gluten-free breads

Johannesburg, Gauteng

It's not easy to find high quality breads that are allergy-free. Or so we thought. Mrs Bread Care (Dalia) has made it her life mission to provide this for people. And she is succeeding.


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The Calabash Trust - school food gardens

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

The Calabash Trust is a community development organisation in Port Elizabeth. Focusing on building schools as the centre of the community, they have a strong focus on food gardens.


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Aquav - Spring water in returnable glass bottles

Cape Town, Western Cape

Aquav is the first company in South Africa to provide mineral water in returnable glass bottles. The eco-chic bottles are beautifully designed and durable enough to be returned, sterilised and then re-filled.


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Speckled Hen Free Range Eggs: Highveld farm

Dargle, KwaZulu-Natal

Highveld free range egg farm is located in the beautiful Dargle region of the Midlands. They're sold under the brand of Speckled Hen Free Range Eggs.


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Dargle Ducks

Dargle, KwaZulu-Natal

Dargle Ducks is a very young and brave venture from the Midlands, KZN. Dean and Serene have created a duck heaven for their open range ducks, which won the Best Small Producer: Paddock award in the Eat In DSTV awards this year.


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Addo's White House and goat farm

Addo, Eastern Cape

Businessman Roger Beadon woke up one day and decided to move to the country. He now runs Addo's White House, a guest lodge and goat farm, and produces goats' cheese, soap, and chilli sauce, amongst other things.


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Hope Meat Supplies

Durban/Greater Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Hope Meats are a husband and wife team passionate about supplying top quality meat to individuals who care about the humane treatment of animals and traceability of their food. The meat products are "as close to organic as possible".


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Broadleaze Organic Farm

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Nora Choveaux and Rob Symons are two passionate environmentalists whose love for nature and food have converged in the form of an organic farm in Pietermaritzburg. They sell organic herbs and organic salads at no extra cost in retail stores.


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Wayfarer Trout

Dargle, KwaZulu-Natal

Wayfarer Trout Farm is a stunning spot in Dargle, Midlands of KZN. They raise trout and cold smoke them on the farm. Andre and Sue are the ex-Joburger farmers who have "down-sized" to the country.


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Urban Harvest - Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Jakkie and Susan Botha run the Port Elizabeth arm of Cape Town based Urban Harvest - a business offering a vegetable gardening / design service for your home.


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The Mushroom Factory

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Carla and Quentin are making mushroom growing fun with The Mushroom Factory growing kits. They've developed kits for oyster, shiitake, portabella and button mushrooms.


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The Passionate Pomegranate Co

Swellendam, Western Cape

The Passionate Pomegranate Co are trying to do for the humble pomegranate what others have done for cheese and wine in South Africa


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Weltevrede Farm - Fig heaven in the Karoo

Prince Albert, Western Cape

A farm in the Karoo grows figs for the fresh fig market, as well as dried fig products and fig jams. No sprays are used on the figs on this farm.


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ILanga Fire pancake restaurant

Mthatha, Eastern Cape

ILanga Fire pancake restaurant can be found in a beautiful mud brick hut in coastal Transkei in the Eastern Cape. It caters to comfort seeking travellers doing the Wild Walk and staying at the Bulungula Eco-lodge.


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La Petite France - handmade camembert & brie

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

La Petite France is an artisan cheese company based in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Their camembert and brie cheeses are handmade from jersey milk and free of chemicals and additives. Their story describes the cheese making process and includes a video.


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Pepe Charlot French goats' cheese

Linden, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Pepe Charlot is an authentic artisanal French goats' milk cheese range. Based in Johannesburg, cheesemaker Gerald Tanesse named it after his grandfather, who instilled the love of goats cheese in him as a child.


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SOGA - Sundays Organic Growers Association

Addo, Eastern Cape

SOGA is a team of citrus farmers in the Eastern Cape committed to organic growing. Their holistic philosophies run through all areas of their business, which is a now a thriving export company. They also produce organic citrus juice, sold locally. Certified organic by Ecocert.


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Rosedale Organic Citrus Farm (and B&B)

Addo, Eastern Cape

Rosedale Farm started out as a conventional citrus farm, but after a chemical mishap, farmer Keith Finnemore converted to organic. Over 12 years later it's a thriving business, and beautiful B&B spot in the Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape.


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Dovehouse Organics - Permaculture Farm & Health Shop

Howick, KwaZulu-Natal
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Paul and Shereen Duncan started out with a dream. They wanted live off the land, raise a healthy family and live a more relaxed life in tune with nature. In following this path, they’ve also managed to share their vision with their local community, and to supply organic food to Midlands residents local to the Karkloof area through Dovehouse Organic Farm.


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Guys of Design - working deli and shop

Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Wherever Chris and Brad go they seem to leave a wake of some thriving initiative or another... Think Cape Town’s Karoo Moon, Neighbourgoods Market, Bead Boys... Now they’re back in their home territory, the Eastern Cape, and their focus has moved from their farm on the Kei River to a working shop/deli selling organic and local produce in Port Elizabeth.


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Gardener's Glory - apiary and honey

Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape

It’s somewhat ironic that a man with a fear of bees would end up as a beekeeper. But Richard's story is exactly that. He describes his awakening to the world of beekeeping while watching the opening scene in a 1980s film adaptation of Robin Hood - Maid Marion tending to her hives. “It’s difficult to explain. But there’s something about it. Bees just represent something peaceful - living with nature.”


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Kleinjongenskraal Farm

Citrusdal, Western Cape

A rustically beautiful farm in Citrusdal growing citrus fruits, deciduous fruits, rooibos bushes for rooibos tea, buchu, proteas, free range chickens, pot-bellied pigs and some vegetables.


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Tierhoek Sustainable Wine Farm

Cederberg, Western Cape

While the Tierhoek wine farm isn’t certified as organic it is managed in an organic way with (at present for the last 6 years at least) zero use of non-organic pest control. The remote site, situated 760m up in the mountains, is influenced by cool Atlantic sea air from the west coast along with dry heat from the mountains. Because the farm is so remote and quite high up in the Cederberg it is less vulnerable to migrating pests from neighbouring farms.


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Carmién Organic Rooibos Tea

Citrusdal, Western Cape

If you’re from South Africa, chances are you’re had many a cup of delicious and nutritious rooibos tea. But have you ever wondered about the process of getting the tea from bush to cup? In fact, have you any idea what a rooibos bush even looks like?


The Real Food Trip Across South Africa

South Africa Food Journey

As part of our mission to tell the food stories of South Africa we left Cape Town to travel across the country from February until May 2012. Along the way we photographed and filmed all the places we visited and the people we met. We've been telling these stories through our featured listings. Thank you South Africa for sharing with us!

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