Slow food and a slice of country life in Stanford: Green Route

I’m fascinated by farms in and around Stanford. Perhaps one day I’ll live on one with a couple of chickens?

We’ve been visiting Stanford for years and I’m drawn to the quiet village life, cafes and locally produced food. One of my favourite farms near Stanford is Klein River Cheese with its bucolic setting and delicious cheese for the tasting. We had the cheese platter for two – a selection of cheese made on the farm, served with homemade pickles and ciabatta.

Our picnic was washed down with cider made by local Birkenhead Brewery and we split a chocolate brownie. The best tables are outside and the kids can run around on the lawns.

At the morning market held every Saturday on the stoep of the Stanford Hotel I discovered Fiona Baxter from Little Brownstone Farm and her hand-dyed and spun sheep’s wool.

Fiona Baxter at the Saturday morning market

Knitters will love the colours of the natural dyes Fiona makes from fynbos flowers and bluegum bark on her farm. Fiona spins some of  the wool on her farm and also employs two women in Stanford as spinners.

I also met Brydon Havercroft, from Havercroft’s restaurant, at the market on the stoep, and came away with a selection of sublime ‘health’ cakes.

Brydon Havercroft from Havercroft’s restaurant

Real chocolate, local dairy, stoneground flour and almond flour were some of the options. Perhaps not quite ‘health’ but oh so delicious.

Exploring the Wandelpad that snakes alongside the Klein River I had to stop and take in the trees and the winding pathway that gives occasional glimpses of cottages on the riverbank.

River walk PHOTO Jennie Chancey

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