Inside the Icon – The Litchi Orchard

A FAMILY AFFAIR

The Orchard is family-owned and run by the Ebs, a local farming family for several generations. They bought the land 17 years ago.

AT THE MARKET

In 2009, the Orchard started hosting a farmer’s market. Today, they hold those every second week and a night market once a month. This contributed enormously to attracting people to the Orchard and achieving the markets’ now-iconic status.

TREES, GLORIOUS TREES

Though the trees are quite old, they are still productive – they were planted in the 1920s, making them almost a century old! There are around 300 trees on the farm.

THE DELISH SHED

The old litchi-pack shed was converted to a cafe in 2010. It housed LINC Church previously, and is now the home of the famous Delish Sisters. The old decked building that formed their old base during litchi harvests is now The Shed Bar and Restaurant.

FARM FRESH

In the early years, litchis from the farm were sold from a little bamboo shack on the roadside opposite the site that is now Tiffany’s Shopping Centre – neither it, nor Sasol had been built yet, so the roadside was very quiet!

LOTS TO DO

Last year, the Orchard converted its old market area into a home for local businesses, including Yoli’s Artisan Bread Bakery, Scoop Handmade Ice Cream, Love Laugh Flowers and Decor and Lemon Canary Bakery. Also at the Orchard – which is quite the destination – is the Driefontein Garden Centre, Beanstruk Coffee Roastery, Home-Grown Fresh Whole Food Store, Brand Bird Marketing and Colle & Co Bespoke Decor.

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