The Saturday Morning Market

By Shannon Wilson

Saturdays can be challenging. It is the first day of the week that you have, or should have, no lectures to attend. Saturdays can often be met with a pounding headache and a parched tongue, or they could be met with a bout of nostalgia for home, which may be far away.

If you suffer from any of these Saturday symptoms, I recommend that you take a trip to the Saturday Morning Market, which takes place from nine until 12.

The market moved in mid January from the old gaol to the green lawns of the Mog Dog. For those who don’t know where that is- it is on the corner of Allen and African Streets.

The bright umbrellas in colours of blue, green and red are the beacons that guide you to freshly baked goods, healthy gluten-free wraps, Greek traditional dishes, and ginger beer – for those with dry mouths.

The lovely ladies and gentlemen selling their products at the stalls are charming and very helpful. Shopping at the Saturday morning market allows you to converse with and get to know the locals that you are buying from. It is a vibrant social event, with small children running from stall to stall. All of these elements combined allow you to have a tiny glimpse of home, or, at the least, part of a community – especially for me who comes from a small town in Zimbabwe. I took some photographs of my morning at the market, they illustrate the smiling, happy day spent looking, shopping and chatting.

Mwila Kambulus stall filled with  pineapples, tomatoes, onions and many other fruits and vegetables at the market.

Mwila Kambulus stall filled with pineapples, tomatoes, onions and many other fruits and vegetables at the market.

Irene Riffel is a Rhodes University student. She is helping pay for her Masters in History by selling her knitted headbands, gloves and other warm woolen items at the market.

Irene Riffel is a Rhodes University student. She is helping pay for her Masters in History by selling her knitted headbands, gloves and other warm woolen items at the market.

Flowers on sale at the market.

Flowers on sale at the market.

Vanessa Richards has been apart of the market for about 15 years since it was situated at the old gaol, selling her home made jams and food.

Vanessa Richards has been apart of the market for about 15 years since it was situated at the old gaol, selling her home made jams and food.

Peter John Case is a new comer to the Saturday Morning Market. Selling an assortment of lemonade and home made goods.

Peter John Case is a new comer to the Saturday Morning Market. Selling an assortment of lemonade and home made goods.

Gluten free wraps, lemons and plants on sale at the morning market.

Gluten free wraps, lemons and plants on sale at the morning market.

Kathy and Don Cummings selling their essential oils and nuts.

Kathy and Don Cummings selling their essential oils and nuts.

Celeste Theunissen beanies and toys on sale at the market.

Celeste Theunissen beanies and toys on sale at the market.

Ingrid and Bridget Emsile selling tins and other items just for fun.

Ingrid and Bridget Emsile selling tins and other items just for fun.

Maria Praeg selling Greek food and sweet treats.

Maria Praeg selling Greek food and sweet treats.

Cheryl Craig’s stall with teddies and books and homemade household items.

Cheryl Craig’s stall with teddies and books and homemade household items.

Jolene Matthews and her daughter sit selling jewelry and other goods.

Jolene Matthews and her daughter sit selling jewelry and other goods.

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