Beating the drum

Local is definitely lekker. Pick up any design or lifestyle magazine and you will see proteas and succulents used in floral designs and shweshwe cloth fashioned for anything from clothing, shoes, tablecloths and curtaining. No self-respecting trendy home will be seen without a beaded animal or two or a piece of bespoke furniture created by a local designer. And this trend has also spilled over to the world of food. Read more

We all know the carnivore – the one with the huge T-bone spilling over his plate – and the herbivore – the pale lass with the salad, dressing one the side. But what do we know about locavores? South Africans are catching up to the worldwide locavore trend with neighbourhood markets, micro-breweries and suburban vegetable gardens springing up all over the place. Read more

First or a language lesson: The suffix –vore comes from the Latin vorare, meaning 'to devour'. In 2007 the word ‘locavore’ was the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year and it means a person interested in eating food that is locally produced and that has not moved long distances to market.

A study conducted in the USA last year found that 70% of consumers would be willing to pay more for local food. Would South Africans be willing to do likewise? If you trawl farmers’ markets or watch chefs around the country popping out of the kitchen to forage in their herb gardens, it seems as if we would.

In an article in the online magazine EatOut, titled Locavore is lekker, Linda Scarborough gives ten reasons why eating local is indeed lekker. Check out her reasons and then take a trip around your neighbourhood to see what you can bring home to support this trend.