Get up close and personal with local produce
Chances are good that you have not been on a farm for a while. Why not get a good look at where food comes from?
Here we put together everything that will make you and your family happy farm explorers. You will go home an expert – with arms full of good, local produce.
Every year in October, the Prins Albert Landbougenootskap hosts the Prince Albert Agricultural Show. This is an event not to be missed – prize winning animals, good entertainment and delicious food.
The village of Prince Albert grew from the first farm, Queekvalleij, established by Zacharias and Dina de Beer at the foot of the Zwartberg in 1762 and still supports an active farming community. Local farms yield produce of incredible quality. In the fertile valleys tucked into the folds of the Swartberg, farms produce deciduous fruit for export, wine, olives and figs. On the farms of the Great Karoo flocks of sheep and angora studs provide meat, wool and mohair.
Gay’s Guernsey DairyGay’s Guernsey Dairy Contact: Gay van Hasselt
The dairy is a landmark in Prince Albert and no visit to the town is complete without a visit to the dairy.
Week Days: 7 am – 9 am / 10 am – 12 pm / 4pm – 5:30 pm
Week Ends & Holidays: 7 am – 10 am / 4 pm – 5:30 pm
The dairy offers cheese-tasting on request during opening hours.
The Meatroom at Gay’s Guernsey sells real, good Karoo meat and Karoo Flavours offer specially selected home cooked meals.
Credit cards accepted.
Started by Gay van Hasselt in 1990, milking three cows in a stone kraal. The dairy has grown to become world renowned for its exceptional cheese and dairy products.
The dairy is a landmark and somewhat of an institution in Prince Albert. It is a meeting point for locals and visitors to come together, enjoy fabulous hand made dairy products and get a real taste of farm life. All the products are made using full-cream, raw Guernsey milk from the Van Hasselt’s own heard of cows.
Gay believes that the core of her success lies in the quality of the raw milk that they use, making the products deliciously creamy, and steeped in natural flavour.
“All our products are natural, unpasteurized & free of hormones or antibiotics.
Our cheese is handmade from raw, full cream milk & kosher vegetable/microbial rennet.
We guarantee the most natural product, from monitoring the grazing for our cows right through to the cheese making process.”