The town closest to us, Swellendam, has a canola oil processing facility and, as a way of celebrating the revenue generated for the locals by this important crop, they hold an annual Canola Fair at the beginning of August. Everyone who has a business in the town enters into the spirit of the occasion.
Trees, bare of leaves in the heart of town get a colourful face lift via empty coca cola bottles which have been recycled and filled with yellow paint, and shop fronts are draped with yellow ribbons.
|Recycled coke bottles adorn a grove of trees in|
the town centre
|Canola fields along the N2 highway|
|Aloes and canola flowers - to magnificent to behold|
Between the locally produced persimmons, naartjies (mandarins), honey, wheat and the canola oil, not to mention the sheep and cows for those that eat meant - the local farmers amply provide for the grateful local inhabitants :) Yay - low food mile produce just on our doorstep.