Pretoria has boarded the banting bus with a brand new food market dedicated to the sale of LCHF meals and produce.
The Pretoria Banting Market, which takes place at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, currently has around 32 tables booked, with new requests from interested vendors coming in daily. Some of the current vendors include Carrado’s, Wendy’s Healthy Foods, Bite Size Banting, Earthfood Trading Company, Leafy Greens, The Lazy Cook and The Ice Creamery.
Visitors to the market can expect everything from banting breads and rusks to nut flours, nut butters, cauliflower wraps, cheese, cookies, grass-fed meat products, home-cooked meals, sugar-free ice cream and more. In addition to a plethora of produce and meals, a nutritionist will be on site to give advice and book private consultations. Vendors are not allowed to sell any non-banting products as to ensure that all food is naturally low in carbohydrates and free from sugar, vegetable oil and artificial preservatives. “We prefer that the products are grown, baked or processed by the stallholder to be local, fresh and of good quality,” says market founder Karin Loots.
It all started when Karin Loots stumbled across a radio broadcast with Tim Noakes in 2014 and subsequently bought the book The Real Meal Revolution. “It took two days to read it from cover to cover and I was hooked for life on the low-carb high-fat lifestyle,” she explains. After discovering the difficulties of shopping for low-carb, sugar-free produce, she began baking her own bread and later, making sugar-free ice cream, which has resulted in a successful side business called The Ice Creamery.
“There was a huge demand for banting products, but nowhere to buy them, so we started talking about a market and wishing somebody would start it in Pretoria. Nothing happened, so we took the initiative,” Karin tells us. The first banting market took place on 21 March 2015 and, after a highly successful premiere, will return on 18 April. Karin is planning for the market to take place on the first Saturday of every month from May onwards.
You can catch the next Pretoria Banting Market on 18 April 2015 at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens from 9am to 1pm. Entrance is free of charge. For more information, visit bantingmarketpretoria.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.