A family travel blog:
Moose Farm Stall in Hopefield on the West Coast Way Tractor Route written by Tazz Discovers:
Tami, Anton and the Z’s
Run by former Capetonians Belinda and Steve Avis, Moose Farm Stall in Hopefield on the West Coast Way Tractor Route is a must visit while exploring the West Coast. Located in the little dorpie of Hopefield on the West Coast Way Tractor Route, just across from the majestic church, you need to set aside a few hours to get the inside scoop on how this small town thrives, despite all the challenges.
What started as a weekend away holiday destination for this lovely couple, soon turned into a lifestyle change as they fell in love with the town of Hopefield. After selling up their lives in the deep South of Cape Town, they swapped the hustle and bustle of city life for the slower and more meaningful existence, in a town few have ever visited. It’s fairly easy to zoom past Hopefield on your way to a “more exotic destination” but those who do, miss out on seeing something very special.
This is a town where most people work more than 2 jobs at a time. Many residents have found a way to turn their favourite hobby of making jams or crafts into a sideline income and most of these items are available to be purchased at Moose Farm Stall. Whether you are looking for a new dish towel or your daughter “needs” a new tutu, you will find something for everyone while you sit and chat over some delicious coffee or hot chocolate.
Another feature this lovely farm stall offers is a book exchange. People from the surrounding towns donate their almost new books, in order to raise funds for stray animal sterilization. You can pick up a brilliant book for almost nothing at all and be confident in the knowledge that your R10 has helped the local animals.
But you don’t visit a farm stall without intending to eat and, you will definitely eat here. Whether you have popped in at around breakfast time and you manage to secure one of the last breakfast croissants or you’re there for some home-made quiche, you will be spoiled for choice when you try to choose from the menu. Belinda grows her own salad leaves while a neighbour grows the best tomatoes in this little town. Another neighbour has a flock of hens while another whips up bottles of delicious jams and preserves. Everyone supports everyone seems to be the motto in Hopefield and helps the town to thrive.
I could go into the complexities of what happens when the harvest isn’t fruitful and tell you how that affects the Moose Farm Stall menu but it isn’t really necessary. At the end of the day, you need to experience it for yourself.
The next time you are on your way to see the spring flowers on the West Coast or even if you plan to visit Hopefield for the annual Fynbos Festival at the end of August, make a plan to visit the Moose Farm Stall and experience small town living at its best.
Moose Farm Stall in Hopefield on the West Coast Way Tractor Route
West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way’s #WestCoastTwist and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.