Supporting the city’s local creatives at Locally Yours Market

Last month, Locally Yours Market invited me to join them for their ‘Winter Wonderland’ market. In this blog, I share our experience at the local market, which took place at The Tramways Building in The Bay.

There are many food, craft and lifestyle markets in Port Elizabeth, but there is something special about Locally Yours Market. Keep reading to find out why this market stands out from the rest of the markets in our city.

Locally Yours is a local market that supports entrepreneurs in the Eastern Cape. The market has become a platform for local creatives and crafters who create and sell handmade products. Locally Yours has something for everyone – you’ll find a selection of delicious food, coffee, furniture, art, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and a variety of other handmade goods.

This may sound like your run-of-the-mill market in Port Elizabeth, but Locally Yours has something that makes it special – passion behind the scenes. The market’s founder, Annelize Botha has a heart for local creatives. Not only does she have a desire to build a community of crafters and creators in The Bay, she is also passionate about getting locals to buy local and support the talent in our city.

Last month’s market, which took place on Saturday, 29 June, featured a host of vendors, and quite honestly, we didn’t know where to start! We decided to take a look at all the stalls before stopping to buy some food and handmade goodies.

After a walk through the market, we decided to buy some breakfast at Food with Thought. The menu for the day included BBQ pulled pork rolls, beef burgers, butternut soup, and foot long cheese grillers. I decided to get a BBQ pulled pork roll, which was topped with sweet mustard coleslaw (anything with coleslaw is a winner for me!). I added one of their milkshakes to my order, which was the highlight of the day for me. While the milkshake was creamy and absolutely moreish, I would suggest taking one of these home with you to enjoy after it has defrosted, as it was a little bit difficult to drink.

After our breakfast, it was time to do some shopping! After some browsing and careful thought, we decided to take a jar of MadzMade capsicum chilli sauce home with us, as well as some lamb bacon from Karri Grove. With so many items to choose from, it’s really difficult not to buy something from every stall! Next time, I plan to bring more cash with me so I can buy a few more items (and more food!).

Locally Yours Market has inspired me to support small, local businesses who are thinking outside of the box and working hard to give Port Elizabethans products that can’t be purchased from big brands. The market’s vendors are real people who are passionate about their products. After a morning at the market, you can leave knowing that every product you’ve tasted or tried, and every craft purchased, was made with love; the product of a skilled creative proud to call PE the home of their small business.

At the next Locally Yours Market, don’t forget to check out:

Lin Delly’s Pots

Lindell sells a variety of beautiful, hand-painted cement pots. If you’re looking for a special gift, a succulent for your coffee table, or a pretty new home for one of your own plants, visit Lindell’s store. To see some of her amazing pots, visit her Facebook page.

Karri Grove

Karri Grove’s bespoke foods come all the way from Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. They sell homemade lamb bacon – something different but very delicious!

Food with Thought

Food with Thought was one of my favourite stalls! Besides the tasty meals sold at the market, they also sell a selection of frozen meals. If you’re not in the mood to make supper next weekend, pop in at the market and buy a few of their ready-made meals.

Pure Dust Creations

If you’re looking for a stunning notebook, or a pretty birthday card, you’ll love Pure Dust Creations selection of both. The store’s cute and quirky cards are perfect if you’re a fan of Typo’s birthday cards (and they’re way cooler, in my opinion).

Fast facts about Locally Yours Market

  • Locally Yours Market is a group of local creatives and creators who sell their handmade products at a market once a month
  • The next Locally Yours Market is taking place on Saturday, 3 August from 9am to 3pm. Entrance is free
  • While entrance for the next market is free, the market’s organisers have asked attendees to donate blankets, towels and t-shirts for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL)

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