Ballantrae to host farmers market on Sunday

A farmers market is set to be held in the village of Ballantrae this weekend giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to taste and buy some wonderful products.

The market is being spearheaded as always by the Ballantrae Development group which is a sub group of the community council in the village.

The market will be held on Sunday 5th October from 11am to 3pm in the grounds of Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre, Main Street Ballantrae.

Colin McNally, who coordinates the markets on behalf of the Ballantrae Development Group said: “On this occasion, the market will include a wide range of produce including pies and steaks from Dalduff, pork chops and sausages from Nethergate Larder, free-range poultry and eggs from Brochneil Girvan, vegetables from Dowhill, a selection of cakes and desserts from the local baking stall, and a range of other food and craft products. One of the highlights of the market will be a food tasting.”

In addition to the goods on sale at the market, at Craigiemains, visitors will also find a coffee shop, gifts, books, garden supplies, the miniature train and the Visitor Information Point containing ideas for visits to places of interest and activities within roughly an hour’s drive from Ballantrae.

Ballantrae Farmers’ Markets will continue to feature in the village calendar in 2015 and the dates will be published in the coming months.

Previous successful farmers markets have already been held in Ballantrae this year in April, June and August.

The event in June was held on Fathers Day and along with all the regular produce that was on sale and will be again this Sunday, there was also a cookery demonstration by Susan Crosthwaite of Cosses Country House.

The farmers markets have proved popular with locals, visitors and food lovers since they were started almost two years ago in October 2012 with GC Growers from Dowhill Farm saying then that their sales at Ballantrae’s first farmers market had been better than they had achieved at the well established Kilmarnock market held just the day before.