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The twice-monthly Haenertsburg Mountain Market is set in the serene surroundings of Woodcutters Homestead Farm, which owner Michelle Holtman describes as ‘a little piece of heaven nestled between the rolling hills and mountains of Haenertsburg.’  She wanted to bring back the much-loved Haenertsburg morning market run by Peggy Murray and continue its legacy to support local producers, giving them a chance to showcase and sell their home-made products with no overheads.  She says, ‘everything is delicious and unique, created with love and flair by our local ladies.’  Visitors can find fresh, locally-grown vegetables, free-range eggs & chickens, homemade sweet-treats, cakes, quiches, soups, pesto and patés, as well as locally-baked fresh breads.  There are natural healing creams, handmade soaps and bath salts as well as locally-crafted products.  

After stocking up on all sorts of treats, visitors can sit in the beautiful gardens surrounded by pine forests and enjoy a delicious meal made using Woodcutters’ free-range chickens with home-grown organic herbs and vegetables.  It’s even possible to try ‘a smidgen of dinkum hillbilly moonshine.’ The market has an extremely relaxed vibe, where people can unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings with plenty of space for kids to play. 

Woodcutters Mountain Market is open two weekends a month. Contact Michelle at 079 082 9969.  From Haenertsburg, turn left towards Polokwane onto the R71 and travel 2 km, turning right onto the A9 dirt road at a sign saying ‘The Hangar’ and go to A9.11.


The Magoebaskloof Mountain community is embarking on an exciting venture to establish a regular local farmers market on the Haenertsburg Village Green, showcasing products exclusively sourced from the area. The dynamic, inaugural event over the Easter weekend will kick things off with a wide array of local food and products, activities like carnival games, box-cart races, giant human chess boards, a soccer tournament, an art exhibition and even a traditional storytelling and drumming circle under the full moon. It's an opportunity for local artists, performers, and slow-food producers to showcase the rich tapestry of the community's creativity and traditions.

But long term, this will be more than just a sustainable marketplace or a fun place for visitors, it is a community-driven initiative with a purpose - an opportunity for everyone to come together to foster a thriving local economy, celebrate the vibrant spirit of the area and create a space that embodies the essence of the community, uniting residents and visitors alike. Through collaboration, creativity, and commerce, a communal gathering place will be created that strengthens the fabric of this Mountain community just like the small Mediterranean village markets which have brought their community together for hundreds of years but also delight visitors and invite them to celebrate the unique personality of this beautiful place we call home. 

The Haenertsburg Home Grown Market will be held on Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 March 2024.  Entrance is free. Connect with Louise on 071 768 0459 for more details.


The Saturday market at Magoebaskloof Farmstall offers an array of stalls offering delicious food, drinks, crafts, plants, fresh produce, gifts and toys.  Kids will love the mini zipline and the Spit Braai will be a hit with the whole family.  Contact Petro on 083 407 8101.

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