VERULAM is a town that operates because of the hard work of its people. The town has a long history and is said to have been established roughly 167 years ago. The market in the town has been a lifeblood for the population for many of these years and it attracts people from all over the province, mostly to buy fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.While this isn’t all the market has on offer, this is how it all started, many years ago. Around the end of 1884, the then Verulam Town Board decided that it would set up 12 stalls for the purpose of selling fresh produce. Over the years, it became a thriving daily shopping area for many people. Today it is a bread basket to many people living in and around Verulam. The market has attracted such widespread interest that people from other parts of KwaZulu-Natal make the commute a few times a week or even daily, whether it is foodies, restaurateurs or even just individual vegetarians. People from all walks of life love to frequent Verulam for the purpose of visiting the iconic market. For many years, Indian farmers have sold their fresh produce at low prices, attracting many people from different cultures to this historical landmark Verulam market. There are three levels to the market; the upper two levels are open daily and here you can get anything from clothing to fresh fruits. The lower level, open only on certain days, features the freshest fruits and vegetables of KwaZulu-Natal at reasonable prices.One such individual who makes the commute from Morningside in Durban to Verulam once a week is Rodney Hudson, a food technologist who has been residing in the greater Durban area for about 30 years. Hudson runs a company which produces small-batch artisan Thai products such as sweet-chilli sauce, soy sauce, sriracha sauce and various types of curry pastes.Hudson travels to various markets around the city searching for the perfect chilli and he believes that Verulam has some of the best.“Once or twice a week I take trips to various markets around Durban looking for the best ingredients for my artisan range of Thai products, and I always find Verulam to have the goods.“It’s a vibrant experience and makes getting up at around 4 am and the 30-minute drive worthwhile,” said Hudson. He went on to describe how he needs a large quantity of birds-eye chillies to make a certain kind of authentic Thai sauce and the Verulam market is one of the only places in the greater Durban area where he can find a large enough quantity of chillies to make the product. — Century 21 South Africa.