It’s held on the last Sunday of the month and is located in the garden of Cape Chestnut Restaurant on the road towards the Cottage Hospital in Nanyuki. Started by owners Sophy Grattan and Alpana Patel, the market allows local people to show their products and sell their wares and equally important, it’s a great social occasion for our growing community.
It’s very educative too. I listened to a stall-holder expounding the health benefits of camels’ milk for skin allergies and to yet another on the benefits of organic fertilizing for crops. I talked at some length to a man selling seeds about the harmful effect of too much TV for kids (nothing to do with seed-growing but since I’ve stopped DSTV for my own kids it’s one of my pet subjects).
Fresh produce this month included lettuces and strawberries, the latter being pounced on before I could bag me a punnet or two. There were stalls selling rabbit terrines, goats’ cheese, handmade chocolates and homemade sausages. Chutneys, jams and local honey graced more tables.
Alpana is a chef of note and after the market there was a delicious, buffet-style curry lunch for sellers and buyers to enjoy. We sat down and ate to the rumble of thunder and then at last the rain lashed down.
“What’s for supper” says the husband. “Well, there’s rabbit pate, trout pate, strawberry jam and praline chocolates. Take your pick” says I. What a decadent way to end the weekend!
The next Nanyuki Farmer’s Market is this Sunday the 27th May at Cape Chestnut. Don’t miss it!
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By Katy Roberts, www.LilyPondArtsCentre.com