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Farm stalls between Cape Town and Clanwilliam: Kardoesie

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Who doesn’t love an excellent padstal? We’re hitting the street to seek out the funkiest farm stalls alongside the best way from Cape City to Clanwilliam. The second instalment of our seek for the funkiest padstals takes us up the primary mountain cross alongside the route.

Written by Thys de Beer

Located alongside the N7 on the prime of the Piekenierskloof Move is Kardoesie owned and managed by salt of the earth couple Hanri and Annette Theron. Hanri, with a ardour for cooking and internet hosting visitors and Annette, with a ardour for enterprise, has been the right crew. For them, enterprise success will be summarised in three phrases: service, service and repair. And as we skilled, true plattelandse hospitality, generosity and hearty meals.

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The phrase kardoes was initially the Dutch/Afrikaans time period for what the French known as cartouche paper container. Today, it mostly refers to a brown paper bag, which generally additionally comprises a present.

Farm stalls between Cape Town and Clanwilliam: Kardoesie

Hanri and Annette Theron

Hanri, a Tolla van der Merwe look-alike, was a farmer earlier than becoming a member of Kardoesie and bought the household farm simply earlier than lockdown. Identical to the late Tolla, Hanri may also regale you with tales for hours. He even sounds a bit like Tolla. Though Kardoesie is inland, the Therons see themselves as West Coast folks.

How did you survive doing lockdown?

With all his bills, being broke motivated him and so they did what they needed to. He bought his sheep. He tried to maintain all his employees on this payroll for so long as attainable. Job creation is one thing very near Hanri’s coronary heart they now have 28 employees members together with his purpose is to make use of 40 folks earlier than he retires.

Farm stalls between Cape Town and Clanwilliam: Kardoesie

Image: Kardoesie N7 Citrusdal

In line with Hanri, this was the primary time in his life that he was pressured to take three weeks’ depart however sadly lockdown lasted lots longer and so they had no earnings. A saving grace was the big amount of inventory that they purchased earlier than lockdown began that sustained them throughout this making an attempt time.

‘In April 2020 we began a butchery,’ Hanri says, ‘which meant that they might promote their meat as an important service’. A store proprietor on the town additionally bought stocked and bought their candies. They’ve now additionally began a bakery and even a caravan park.

‘We had been apprehensive that they’d default on their insurance coverage funds however their short-term insurer, Santam amazingly paid three months of our month-to-month instalments.’

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What’s on the menu?

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Image: Kardoesie N7 Citrusdal

The Therons like to serve their patron’s conventional meals and for them, Kardoesie isn’t about delicacies nor are they a restaurant. Farm stalls like Peregrine and Dassiesfontein on the N2 encourage them.

They even have curried tripe on their menu. However for the much less adventurous they satisfaction themselves on the best-toasted sandwiches, toasted on a stick sosatie-style.

He additionally brags about their scrumptious ‘brêkvis’ and their pies – venison, lamb, hen and he’s at present creating an offal pie. Gulp!

Tempted to hit the street?

After scaling the cross and possibly feeling a bit queasy from inhaling the fumes of a truck crawling up the steep incline in entrance of you, why not linger round a bit longer after lunch at Kardoesie?

A number of metres down the street are two wine tasting choices, Cecilia Wines and Piekenierskloof Wines. When you’ve discovered your self overindulging (we gained’t blame you), throughout the street is the Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort and Lodge the place you possibly can examine in for the evening.

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