Whether you are looking for wild boar, organic beer, handmade cheddar, berry juice, gourmet mushrooms, or a fun way to spend a Saturday (every Saturday from 9am to 2pm), then the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is the place for you and your family.
The market is held on Castle Terrace, just tucked behind Edinburgh Castle. It’s not well known by many visitors to the city, but locals have been coming here for years.
At the market each week you will find over 30 specialist producers selling to the public. The vast majority of producers are primary producers, meaning they sell what they produce themselves. The atmosphere is relaxed, with lots of free tasting opportunities. There’s no hard sell by the stall holders, in fact, for some you will have to join a short orderly queue to purchase their produce.
The variety of produce is breathtaking and is an amazing advertisement for Scotland, and in particular, an amazing advert for local producers. The Farmers’ Market website informs us that ‘A quarter offer meat products, including specialities such as wild boar, venison, ostrich and water buffalo. Organic beef, chicken, lamb and pork are also available. Other types of produce include fish (lobster in season), free-range eggs (including duck eggs), cheese, seasonal fruit & vegetables, honey, chillies and plants. In addition you’ll find producers who bake and prepare their own farm products. Guest producers provide specialities including organic beer, liqueurs, bread, chocolates and chutneys’. Surely something for everyone!
Producers have to go through a lengthy and rigorous process before they are permitted to sell produce at the market. This is what makes the Edinburgh Farmers Market multi-award winning.
A real favourite Saturday of mine, particularly through Winter, is the Slow Food cooking demonstration on the first Saturday of every month. These guys will show you how food should be cooked.
So head down to the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market any Saturday, take in the sights of the castle, the smell of the cooking, the taste of the local produce and support the farmers by taking some produce home.