There is the best fruit, vegetable and flower shop over the road from my flat in Craighall Park. It’s one of those shops that makes my suburb the special place that it is. This wonderfully colourful store is a real family affair – owned and run by two brothers, their mom helps out at the tills and their wives keep things sailing smoothly. Their dad even pops in from time to time to check all is in order! The business is so much a part of their family that the love and care becomes a part of every family who shops there.
On a Saturday morning the brothers go to a market in town and bring back a truck load of fresh produce for the store. To see these boxes of gorgeous, vibrant food being unloaded was inspiring (especially from a photographers perspective). There was an assortment of crates from gorgeous sunny lemons, blood red tomatoes, avocado’s, paw paws – the list is endless. Following the amazing fruit and vegetables, the wonderful smell of beautifully fresh cut flowers filled the air. Tulips to roses to cabbage flowers to proteas. It was a sight to behold.
This spectacle happens every Saturday and Monday, however their quality produce stays fresh and available 7 days a week – yes, SEVEN days a week. On a Saturday they also offer freshly baked artisan breads, Portuguese custard tarts and freshly squeezed orange juice. Why go to the name brand grocery stores when you go to your local green grocer, and feel like you’ve been friends forever!