Stock up on farm-fresh veggies at Checkers this Market Day

Mar 29, 2019

 

If you’ve been craving veggies so fresh, they still smell of earth and taste like sunshine, be sure to visit a Checkers store near you on Thursday, 4 April for Market Day!

This will also be an excellent opportunity to support small-scale food gardens that provide sustainable nourishment and income opportunities for vulnerable communities across the country.

As part of its strategy to fight hunger, the Shoprite Group acts for change by partnering with more than 70 gardens. In partnership with Food & Trees for Africa, the retailer offers training and provides gardening equipment as well as seedlings over a period of at least 18 months.

Market Day is an outflow of this, as it enables community food gardens to promote themselves to a broader customer base and sell their excess crops. It provides them with some much-needed extra income, but also helps boost their independence, which - in turn - leads to greater sustainability.

Checkers shoppers will again have the opportunity to support small-scale food gardens at selected stores across South Africa.
“Checkers is empowering us by giving us a chance to sell our tomatoes, chillies, spinach and other vegetables. We hope the customers love our vegetables!”

- Oupa Bila, director of the Caroll Shaw Memorial Centre in Brandvlei, Randfontein

 

Bila and his team will be participating in Market Day at Checkers Tambotie.

Those in the Mashishing area will be able to buy freshly-harvested vegetables from the Khomanani Vhanu garden at Checkers Lydenburg.

Located near Acornhoek in Mpumalanga, Khomanani is a Market Day regular and will be setting up shop for the fourth time next Thursday.

“We’ve participated in all the other Market Days and they have all been great. The income generated from sales there are a lot more than when we’re selling vegetables straight from our garden.”

- Auriel Ngobeni, a founder of Khomanani Vhanu

 

According to Robyn Hills, Food and Trees for Africa programme manager, Market Day is also a great opportunity for the gardens to put the marketing- and business skills they’ve received as part of the Shoprite Group’s support into practice.

“Some of these gardens have commercial ambitions and this kind of exposure opens their minds to the great opportunities out there and gives them the experience to grab them.”

- Robyn Hills, Food and Trees for Africa programme manager

 

Support these gardens on Market Day by visiting the participating Checkers store on Thursday, 4 April:

 

Garden

 

 

Store

 

Eastern Cape

 

Star Uplifting Centre

Checkers Nahoon

   

Free State

 

Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba

Checkers FX Mimosa Mall

Phahamang Basadi Community Garden

Checkers Parys 2

   

Gauteng

 

Community Crisis Centre

Checkers Hyper Boksburg

Supa-Dimama Senior Citizens

Checkers Norkem Park

Carroll Shaw Memorial Centre

Checkers Tambotie

Moabelo Foundation

Checkers Hyper Arcon Park

Boikanyo Foundation Garden

Checkers Glenvista

   

KwaZulu-Natal

 

Iqabungelihle Community Garden

Checkers Hyper Gateway

Siyamnaka

Checkers Hyper Shallcross

Kuhle-Okwemvelo

Checkers Amanzimtoti

Qalakabusha

Checkers Hyper Galleria

Nurses At A Go

Checkers St Johns Centre

Sizanokukhanya

Checkers Midlands Mall

   

Limpopo

 

Phafogang Community Garden

Checkers Tzaneen Lifestyle

We Can (Mamotho)

Checkers Polokwane

   

Mpumalanga

 

Tiyimiseleni Home Based Care

Checkers New Hazyview Junction

Khomanani Vhanu Community Project

Checkers Lydenburg

Lillydale Home Based Care

Checkers Hyper Edenvale

   

Northern Cape

 

Retshwenyegile Home Based Care

Checkers Hartswater

   

North West

 

Mokaila Community Project

Checkers Mafikeng

Nthabiseng Skills Training Centre for Disabled

Checkers Hyper Rustenburg

   

Western Cape

 

Vlottenburg Community Centre

Checkers Century City

Iris House Children's Hospice

Checkers Hyper Brackenfell

Siyazama Community Garden

Checkers Sea Point