9 October 2023


Emerging farmers from over 40 community food gardens across the country will be participating in the upcoming Shoprite and Checkers’ Market Day on 12 October 2023.  

“We’re very excited to witness how Market Day keeps growing, with increased participation from community gardens. Since its launch in 2017, Market Day serves as an opportunity for small-scale food gardens to sell their fresh and organically grown produce directly to the public at selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets, and to gain invaluable retail experience in the process.”

- Sanjeev Raghubir, Sustainability Manager at the Shoprite Group

“The contribution of these emerging farmers goes beyond just supplying food. It is a step towards nurturing more resilient communities,” Raghubir continues.


To support Market Day, visit the following participating stores on Thursday, 12 October 2023: 


  • Phawu Agripak Cooperative – Shoprite Dutywa
  • Siyalima Asidlali Co-operative – Shoprite Mount Ayliff 
  • Star Uplifting Centre – Shoprite King Williams Town 
  • Wathint’ Abafazi – Shoprite Ziyabuya, Gqeberha 
  • Yizanazo Co-operative – Shoprite Gillwell, East London 



  • Community Working Programme – Usave Koffiefontein
  • Dikonyana Community Based Care Center – Shoprite Heidedal, Bloemfontein
  • Free State Rural Women Assembly Agroecological Hub – Shoprite Botshabelo Mall
  • Phahamang Basadi – Checkers Parys 2
  • Qholaqhwe – Shoprite Mandela Park, Phuthaditjhaba



Two man standing behind a bunch of spinach. Zwelibanzi Lehana and Mpho Mutaung, farmers from the Carroll Shaw Memorial Centre in Randfontein will join more than 40 other community food gardeners to sell their fresh and organically grown produce directly to the public at selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets on 12 October 2023.




  • Action Lesotho – Shoprite Leribe, Butha-Buthe





  • Ploughs and Feathers Co-operative – Checkers New Hazyview Junction 
  • Sibonile Agricultural Co-operative – Shoprite Acornhoek Mall
  • Timbavati – Shoprite Acornhoek Plaza 
  • Too Fresh Produce Cooperative – Checkers Ermelo  





  • Jesus in Action Our Garden – Checkers Protea Heights, Brackenfell
  • Mhani Gingi – Checkers Constantia
  • Mthimkhulu Community Development Programme – Shoprite Kleinmond 
  • NOAH Khayelitsha Centre – Checkers Rylands Village, Athlone
  • Ocean View Organics Farmers Cooperative – Checkers Hyper Sun Valley, Noordhoek
  • Siyazama Community Project – Checkers Somerset West 
  • Vulamasango – Checkers Weltevreden, Mitchells Plain

The Shoprite Group is committed to ensuring food security in communities and supports more than 220 food gardens – covering more than 4.5 million m2 – and over 3 750 home gardens, indirectly impacting 61 064 beneficiaries. The retailer’s garden programme has provided 2 580 community members with training over the past year and has supplied more than 1 million meals since inception.