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Monday 3 December 2012
Edinburgh Farmers Market and a fete
I had a lovely time wandering about the stalls, tasting foods and chatting to stallholders. Writing up this post and checking all the websites has made me full of desire to visit many of the wonderful cafes and bakeries represented here. Unfortunately I wont have much time to so on this trip. Instead I am glad to have had the opportunity to get a sample of the foodie offerings of Edinburgh at this market.
Arran Cheese Shop. I was instantly fascinated by the cheese oat cakes. I decided to leave my purchase until on the way back. When I did I found myself looking closer at the cheeses. I bought not only the cheese oat cakes but also some raspberry infused cranberry cheese. Both are amazing.
Valvona and Crolla stall, despite having a fondness for their Edinburgh deli and cafe bar. These sugar doughnuts looked delicious.
Bakery Andante because E hadn't been able to find them in the supermarket. these soft buttery flaky pastries would embarrass anything the supermarket has to offer. I loved the large rustic loaves of Covenanter's sourdough bread. The idea that we are still eating the same bread as our ancestors resonates with me.
Chocolate Tree offerings. I bought a selection of their pretty chocolate bars - winter spice, rose and pepper, strawberry and pepper, maple and pecan. It seemed only right and proper to support local artisan chocolatiers. I can't wait to taste some of their chocolate.
Ziggy's Really Good Food stall. I had a lovely chat to the woman behind the counter who was telling me about a pop up raw food event next weekend. Sadly we wont be free. I did take away some of the cheese and having been enjoying it on oatcakes. It is very smooth and almost as sweet as it is salty.
Simple Simon's Perfect Pies that they were a whole meal in a pie. The woman told me that there is a layer of potato under the filling of the pie. A complete meal in a pie is exactly what you want on holiday. I bought a cabbage, parsnip and apple pie for me and a chicken tarragon one for E. I was impressed at the range of vegetarian pies and would have loved to try a few. However we have already got quite a few ready meals in our fridge as well as leftovers of a rice soup that I made last night.
Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines. I would have stopped and bought a bottle or two right then but I was told that they were unable to sell any wine until 10am. So instead I went back later and had a lovely time with a very entertaining and cheerful saleswoman who was very busy pouring generous samples. I tasted quite a few wines before deciding which ones to buy (a sparkling strawberry wine and a non-alcoholic sparkling wine). I might have brought more if bottles weren't so heavy to lug about.
Edinburgh Farmer's Market
Every Saturday, 9am to 2pm
Castle Terrace, Edinburghwww.edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk