When in Bloem (part 2) The Boeremark

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Being Taiwanese, we have two main festivities, our New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Moon Festival). So this weekend my sister, Jasmine, and I came back home to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with our family.

When in Bloem, one of the things most of the locals partake in, is the Boeremark. For my short visit back, my mama, Jasmine and I made a mission to the Boeremark. The Boeremark is a weekly open air market on a field in Langenhoven Park. Every time I go, the market never fails to overwhelm me with the intense variety of “stuff” you can find. That’s right, I said “stuff”

You can find items like toys to pancakes, boerewors rolls, sosaties, Barbie and Ken clothing, framework, flowers, herbs, second hand books, fresh vegetables, preserves, eggs, dog tags and the list seems endless. Fortunately, right by the first entrance you also have the option of hiring a pulley trolley for R10 making it easier for those who come by to buy, rather than to browse.

The Bloemfontein Boeremark is open every Saturday

From 06:00 am to 12:00 pm

At: Bankovs Boulevard, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein

Doll houses | Barbie and Ken clothes | Fresh avocados | Furniture | Kids’ corner | Olives

Preserves | Orchids | Salad dressings and sauces | Photography services | Leather-made items

Herbal remedies | Homemade breads and rusks | Gardening decor | Chinese foods | Plants | Braai meats

Pancakes | Cactus plants | Seeds | Dried fruit | Second hand stuff

Electronics | Jaffles | Biltong and baked goods

The highlights include being able to find old school and vintage items at very low prices, braai meat around every corner, Afrikaans treats like small milk tarts and vetkoek, and beautifully made authentic leather bags.

With the inflatable balloon bouncers for kids, sitting areas in the shade and more “stuff” than you can imagine, the Bloemfontein Boeremark is definitely a family orientated market.

P.S Remember sunscreen.

This was my favourite purchase for the day:

Bloemfontein organic pesto

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9 Responses

  1. Evan
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    Wow! thats fast 🙂 🙂 haha!

  2. Ishay
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    Ming, my old Varsity town. lovely pics. Hope you enjoyed the time with your folks!

    • Ming-Cheau
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      Thanks lovely, home was awesome, now I’m missing it again. Will visit soon!

  3. Curtis Brelsford
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    First time here. Awesome blog and great post. Well done.

  4. Norma
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    Morning. I have just moved to bloem.
    I make beaded jewellery. I’d love to have a stall at the Boeremark.
    How do I go about getting one.

  5. Dora Du Plessis
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    I love your story about your visit to Bloemfontein and the photos of the Boeremark.
    I’m sharing it on a group on Facebook so that the Bloemfontein people can be made aware of ‘outsiders’ experiences like these. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bloemfonteinmarkdae/

    • Ming-Cheau
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      Thanks Dora! I actually grew up in Bloem, so the city holds a special place in my heart.

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