We’ve been enjoying being able to buy local produce through the Inverness Food Assembly since it started up in May, and it occurred to me that there’s also the monthly Farmers Market held in Inverness city centre. This gives us another opportunity to buy great Highland produce and support small businesses.
While a small market, it has a great range of produce and crafts, ranging from daily staples such as bread, cheese, fruit and vegetables, to small-batch soaps, plants, artwork and other crafts. It gives you a great opportunity to talk to the people that actually make the product that they are selling!
Being in the centre of Inverness, it helps that there is convenient parking located nearby, and on some stalls, it’s possibly to collect your shopping later if you have elsewhere to pop to.
As we had just received a bumper Food Assembly order, we didn’t require too much in the way of things we use regularly like eggs and cheese, but I still picked up a few things.
I was pleased to see a stall selling lots of tasty looking greek food, and as Mr B has a bit of an issue with some nuts, I took a piece of baklava to enjoy by myself. It was amazing and I will definitely be trying to track down more of this without sending Mr B into an anaphalaytic shock!
Pork stroganoff burgers from the Dounby Butcher. We actually had the pleasure of buying local from this Orkney-based business when we were on holiday last year and we were raving about the meat all holiday. As not all their produce is brought down to Inverness you can ring and make a special order which you can pick up from the market.
Some locally grown rocket, tomatoes and cucumber from Wester Hardmuir – this farm is also a place that we have visited and can recommend highly, on account of its Pick your Own’ fruit which starts up every summer.
I’m definitely going to try and keep making an effort to keep supporting local businesses – when was the last time you bought local?
Inverness Farmers Market runs monthly on the first Saturday of each month, on the pedestrianized high street outside the Eastgate centre. Look out for the stripey market stalls!