Lunch at The Green Goose is a simply a must-do for Clarens residents, as well as visitors staying in the area. The 93km drive may seem far, but given the stunning scenery, the good road, and the wonderful lunch waiting at the end, every kilometre is well worth the drive. From Clarens take the R711 to Fouriesburg, then the R26 towards Ficksburg, but turn right onto the R70 (15kms before you get to Ficksburg). You’ll see the sign to the Green Goose on your left, where you turn onto the farm road, drive past the diary, the fields of contented cows and other farm animals, and the cheese factory to a well sign-posted parking area. (GPS Co-ordinates: S28 42’42″E 27 55’54”). The Green Goose is the home of the famous Ficksburger cheese that so many of the Clarens residents are addicted to, but this truly organic farm also produces many other fine cheeses, as well as a range of goose-down products using down plucked from their free-range geese.
Lunch is served either under the trees overlooking the farm dam or beside a blazing fire – depending on the weather. All the food – including the delicious home-baked bread – is lovingly prepared in Anneke’s farm kitchen, where, in true organic farming tradition, the ingredients are based on what’s available on the farm (or locally) – and since this is a diary farm with its own cheese factory, you can count on an excellent cheese platter.
Special food needs time to prepare, so you need to book before you go, and remember that this is not the usual run-of-the-mill restaurant, so you need to take your own wine.
To book contact Anneke: Cell: 082 925 2770 Telephone: 051 933 5754
Visit the website: www.greengoose.co.za
Article and photographs by Toni B Walters