Valley Market does Port Elizabeth proud

JULY 6, 2015

The Valley Market, now in its third month, is doing Port Elizabeth proud.

This amazing event is inspired by the popular Wild Oats Market in Sedgefield and the Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town, and is held in a revamped, rustic warehouse in Alabaster Street in Baakens Valley, just down the valley from the famous Bridge Street complex of restaurants.

Currently held on the first Saturday of every month the market is the brainchild of Elsje Smuts of Trueblue Communication and Events and Elaine Watson of the non-profit organisation Love Story and the aim of the market, according to the Trueblue website, is to contribute to the on-going rejuvenation of the Central area and assist with community upliftment.

What makes this market so attractive is the quality of the items on sale.  Market-goers are able to savour a mouth-watering array of locally sourced organic produce, freshly baked goods, deli meats and cheeses, as well as craft beers and boutique wines, from around 50 exhibitors.

Entry costs R10 per adult with a portion of the proceeds going to Love Story. The non-profit organisation ministers to the needs of the destitute in Nelson Mandela Bay through a variety of upliftment projects, education programmes and feeding schemes.

Melanie Schoeman Naude is quoted on the Valley Market facebook page as saying on Sunday 4 July, “Thank you for bringing such amazing creativity and talent together for us to enjoy. My first visit today and I hope to never miss one again”.

Market-goers are encouraged to bring along any unwanted clothing or goods for distribution to the needy.