Ballantrae’s popular farmers markets to return

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Craigiemains Garden Centre and the Ballantrae Development Group (a sub-committee of the Community Council) are once again joining forces to run a series of Farmers’ Markets during 2014 in the grounds of Craigiemains Garden Centre, Main Street, Ballantrae.

Markets will be held on 27 April, 15 June, 17 August and 5 October from 11am to 3pm.

Stalls will include a wide range of locally sourced quality artisan foods; rare breed meats, pies, fish, bakery, crafts and much much more, (including local heroes Dalduff and Nethergate Larder) with new produce and products being introduced throughout the year.

Colin McNally of the Ballantrae Development Group who has been taking the lead in organising the Markets on behalf of the Ballantrae Development Group said: “We held one market in 2012 and two in 2013. We’ve had a great reaction from customers and stallholders alike, with Craigiemains being an ideal venue for the market.

“We are grateful to the many people who have given so generously of their time and expertise to help us make it happen including South Ayrshire Council and Carrick Futures Community Benefit Fund – the latter supported Ballantrae’s Tourism Strategy of which Farmers’ Markets is one strand”.

Anne McCulloch of Craigiemains Garden Centre said:

“We are delighted to be hosting these events in Ballantrae in partnership with the Ballantrae Development Group. We are looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors not only to the Markets but also to our coffee shop, gift shop, garden centre, miniature railway, the Visitor Information Point and children’s play area after they’ve made their purchases. We look forward to seeing both locals and tourists alike in 2014.”

The event is supported by LEADER, The European Fund for Rural Development, The Scottish Government, UNESCO, the Ayrshire Food Network and Taste Ayrshire.

If you are a local registered and fully insured food producer, and would like to be involved in one of the future Ballantrae Farmers’ Markets, contact Colin McNally on 07778 872 028.