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.
Van Hasselt AngorasVan Hasselt Angoras Contact: Jordi van Hasselt
Mohair, the fleece of the Angora goat, is one of the world’s most exclusive, beautiful and sustainable natural fibres.
Clive van Hasselt was a visionary farmer with a passion for breeding and genetics that complemented his deep interest in the environment and its relationship with animals. He recognized the value of the Angora goat, its noble fibre and how ideally it was suited to the climate of the Karoo which he had grown to love.
Clive bought the Gannehoek Stud in 1989, the oldest, original Angora bloodline in South Africa. He later acquired the Zwartberg Stud 242 which has become equally prestigious. These studs lead the field consistently producing top quality mohair, receiving awards from the elite Zegna (Italy), Mayuki (Japan) and Daido (China) fashion houses.
Gay & Jordi van Hasselt continue to build on his legacy by producing premium mohair.
Van Hasselt farms Angora studs – rich in heritage with an obsession for quality & sustainability