Do you sell South African products in the Farm Shop?
The original 18th-century stables today house our Farm Shop and Scented Room. We are proud to sell many local products in our Farm Shop, but we do also import some. We have delicious homemade products – freshly baked breads, wine from our own cellar, wheat flour and cordials, charcuterie, biltong and preserves, as well as cheese from a neighbouring farm. We stock various coffee table books, such as South African Style in Decor written by Karen Roos and Annemarie Meintjies. Our beautiful bolts of linen, printed in South Africa, are designed by Maranda Engelbrecht, who draws inspiration for their patterns and colours from our garden and farm. We also import some of our products, such as classic panama hats from Ecuador, unique Babylonstoren soap from France and glass products from Europe.
Do you sell any preserves originating from the garden?
Throughout the seasons we harvest fruit and vegetables to provide the farm’s two restaurants with fresh produce. The rest is distilled or used to make jams, cordials, chutneys and whole preserved fruit. When, from time to time, the garden cannot supply in the demand, we also use fruit harvested from the farm’s orchards. These products, as well as our honey and olives, are sold in the Farm Shop and change according to the season.
What can you tell us about the bakery?
We grow our own wheat on the farm. After the harvest, the wheat is taken to Caledon where it is stored in silos and later stoneground. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop, but is also used by our own bakers who, under the guidance of our head baker Ernie Beck, make sure we have freshly baked bread early every morning for our restaurants, Tasting Room and Farm Shop. We have a variety of breads, including sourdough, rye, white and whole wheat.
What combination of products would you suggest for hotel guests who would like to enjoy supper in their hotel rooms?
Guest can buy delicious freshly baked bread, handcrafted cheese and preserves at the shop to enjoy in combination with the fruit and vegetables they have harvested from the garden. An accompanying glass of Babylonstoren white or red will make this meal all the more festive.
What can you tell us about the book Babel?
Babel tells the stories of creating an extraordinary place that brings together the lives and work of culinary artists, horticulturists, winemakers, farmers and many other talented people. It shows our own kind of cooking: simple, generous and honest, with fresh, seasonal food that is closely tied to its origins in the garden. This is not a conventional cookbook; neither is Babylonstoren a run-of-the-mill farm. The book was written by Maranda Engelbrecht and is available in English, Afrikaans and German.
Do you stock the ranges of any other well known designers in your shop?
The Farm Shop sells products created by talented artists:
- Margy Malan, an artist from Zimbabwe, has created a range of unique pottery designs inspired by the Babylonstoren garden. It is available exclusively from our shop. Each piece has been made by hand. She works with red and white earthen clay, painted with underglaze pigments.
- Cape Town designer Diana Ferreira creates our shop’s beautiful pebble plates. Her love for design started with the combination of glass and ceramics, but she currently focuses on making moulds and slip-cast ceramics.
- Mervyn Gers Ceramics specialise in handmade bespoke dinnerware. The bull plate, also used in Babel restaurant, has been created exclusively for us by this talented Cape Town artist.
What are the opening hours of the Farm Shop?
The Farm Shop is open daily from 9h00 to 17h00.
Our captivating Scented Room is a quiet oasis where guests are mesmerised by the lingering scents of waterblommetjies, roses, fynbos and many more. The images and scents of the garden are captured in our soaps (both imported and locally produced), candles, bath oils, linen cloth and handbags. A range of natural products, soon to be used in our hotel and spa, is also for sale here.