It is undeniable that the Garden Route is the playground of the outdoor enthusiast and, just when you think you have seen and done it all, you discover something new that makes you wonder how you managed without it. The Farm is as unpretentious as its name yet herein lies its charm.
Sheila Pasio is a grandmother, former teacher and outdoor enthusiast. She wanted to spend as much time as possible with her five grandchildren and soon discovered that the choice of venue and activities are always too limited. Her family has called Knysna home for the last quarter century and it was almost inevitable that Sheila would convert part of their property into a giant playground.
Situated on Ou Kaapse Weg, at the bottom of Simola Hill, this coffee spot and play area is a dream for children and adults alike. Ample tables and chairs are scattered over the property and offers a great view over the various play areas, giving parents the freedom to relax while keeping an eye on the kids. Since opening in December 2015 it has become a favourite spot for many Garden Route residents. On any regular day you may find anyone from home school groups, cyclist on their way back from a ride, or someone writing their latest novel, scattered throughout the property.
The kitchen operates from a rustic corrugated iron shack. It is from here that the very well-known Bru Coffee Co provides world class coffee accompanied by treats such as a banting breakfast, avo stack or Sheila’s famous carrot cake.
The farm is undoubtedly a family destination and a haven for cyclist. A mini bike track with balance bikes are cultivating future riders, time trails are held on single track running through the ravine at the back of the property and a neighbouring farm and, apart from being a great stop for coffee and breakfast after a ride, The Farm also collaborates with Knysna Cycle Works for skills events and workshops.
Take your own wine or beer along and head over to The Farm on Friday nights for an early dinner of pizza. The selection is unbeatable and the venue is the perfect spot to unwind at the end of a long week. With its amazing play area, you can find no better spot for your child’s birthday celebration and they even offers a self-catering option for parties at a nominal venue hire fee.
What started as an experiment, The Farm has evolved in so much more in the mere year of its existence. The Farm has provided much needed opportunities for employment and empowerment in the Knysna area. Almost all suppliers have been sourced locally while the children’s play house and kitchen area have been built by local craftsmen Nick Kruger from The Salvage Yard. It is almost entirely off the grid and Sheila has already planted in excess of 25 indigenous trees on the property.
With big plans for the construction of a shed-like structure, and maybe a cottage or too, this might just become the favourite spot for brides looking for a rustic wedding venue and businesses and clubs looking for a less formal conference or workshop option.
The Farm is open:
Tuesday – Thursday from 09:00 to 14:00
Friday from 09:00 till all the pizzas have been eaten.
Saturday & Sunday from 09:00 to 14:00
As it is an outdoor venue The Farm is closed when it rains.
You can contact The Farm on 060 528 9232 (Sheila)
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/The-Farm-729689077166058/
Find them on Instagram at thefarmknysna