Having been a resident of Edinburgh for 7 years, I am a big big fan of the city and of its people; I remember the goosepimples I got when I crossed South Bridge on my way to University for the first time, and I discovered this week that I still get them now.
Most of my time living in Edinburgh was while I was a student, and so I lot of my culinary efforts were very limited (too cheap to consider eating out, apart from grabbing chips ‘n’ cheese at 4am on my way home from the student union).
Having left Edinburgh 4 years ago, I went back to visit some friends for the weekend, and we took a trip to the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market – a place that I only really discovered after I left University.
Produce at the market is not exactly cheap, or particularly expensive either, but what you can expect is the freshest of fresh food – I can now celebrate having an income and enjoy what it has to offer!
The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is an ideal way to spend a lazy Saturday lunchtime (or morning if you can get there earlier). Grab yourself a pork sandwich or venison burger (or both – we bumped into an old university pal who had done exactly that) to eat while you wander, and take the opportunity to re-stock the fridge with goodies for the week to come.
With over 55 specialist producers currently holding stalls, you can find anything from organic sausages, black pudding, square sausage (aka lorne), patés, fish, lobster (seasonal), free-range eggs, fruit and veg to Scottish tablet, beers, breads and chocolate….
When and where is it?Located at Castle Terrace, with the unbeatable backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place from 9am until 2pm every Saturday, with additional slow food cooking demonstrations on the first Saturday of every month.For more information on the market and it’s stall holders, in addition to some recipes you can try out using your purchases, go to www.edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk