Exploring The Field Market

It was a sunny Saturday morning and my husband and I were looking for something to do. I wanted to go outside and feel the sun on my skin. A morning like this one could not be spent indoors. I’ve always had a thing for markets. I love walking through the stalls, listening to live music, eating/drinking some tasty things, and being surrounded by happy people who have taken some time out of their busy lives to let loose. So consequently, this was where we were off to! But which one to choose?

We first stopped at a market close to where we live. I've wanted to visit this one for a long time, but sadly, it was very disappointing. Not what I hoped for; definitely not our scene. This was when we decided that we were going to look for something else in the area that might interest us. So it was a happy accident that we came across The Field Market, which happens to take place every second Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm. Serendipity!

We drove up to the Field & Study Park in Parkmore, Sandton, and found safe parking for only R10. The entrance to the market was even free! Walking in, we found various traders selling art, jewellery, clothes, and so much more. When it comes to vendors at a market, I believe there should always be a variety; they should be able to cater to the needs of different people. You don't want to see the same product ten times during your visit and you also want to feel assured that whoever is with you will also find something that intrigues them. Fortunately, this was the case with them. There was also a good balance between gourmet eats and common snacks, craft drinks and non-alcoholic options. Mighty Monk provided us with some refreshing iced teas with lots of fresh fruit. Then Tonka Bean Bakery dazzled us when we ate what was the most delicious custard doughnut we have ever tasted. Real french quality!

We sat on some cushions they provided for visitors, along with a small pallet that can be used as a table, decorated with a succulent in a tin can. Just goes to show that you don't have to go overboard- there is beauty in simplicity. Just create an environment where people will feel comfortable and taken care of. The live music was also pleasant and laid-back. The artists, armed with their guitars, had appealing voices, sang songs from different genres that the crowd could sing along with, and set the perfect conditions for letting your hair down. Looking around, you could see teenagers, young adults, families, and pets having a great time under the trees and the brightly coloured umbrellas. It was also not too loud or overcrowded as these type of events can be sometimes. Instead, I would rather describe The Field Market as quite idyllic.

It’s a good thing we didn’t let the first bad experience from the other market get us down. After all, Joburg has many opportunities for exploration. We left feeling satisfied as we had a delightful Saturday morning. I would definitely recommend visiting this market. You will get your chance to do so at the next event that will take place on 11 April 2020.  

Summary of the event
Setting: under the trees, spacious
Mood: friendly, relaxed
Vendors: locally made products for various interests/needs
Food/drink: variety, range in price
Entertainment: live music, kids activities
Costs: free entrance, reasonable parking fee      


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