Farmers’ market finalised for Ballantrae

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BALLANTRAE is set to host a bumper crop of gastro-delights as the village prepares for its first ever farmers’ market.

Craigiemains Garden Centre and the Ballantrae Development Group (a sub-committee of the Community Council) are joining forces with the Ayrshire Farmers‘ Market Cooperative, Savour the Flavours, and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere project to bring Carrick its inaugural event.

Having secured funding from sources including LEADER, the Scottish Government, UNESCO and the European Rural Development Fund as well as from those listed above, organisers have been able to coax some of the south of Scotland’s most prestigious local foodie businesses to attend.

Award-winning cheeses, rare meats, terrines, pates, fresh vegetables, jams and preserves, vegetarian and gluten free food, non-homogenised milk, free range eggs, and honey will be among the goodies on offer - all locally produced in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Susan Crosthwaite of Ballantrae B&B Cosses Country House has been enthusiastic about the event from the outset. She said: “Bringing events to Ballantrae and Carrick in conjunction with Dumfries and Galloway has always been a great aspiration of mine through the promotion of Holiday Southern Scotland. This Farmer’s Market does just that, collaboratively bringing together food tourism throughout South West Scotland.”

Howard Wilkinson of the Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and Food Network said: “We are delighted to be involved with this innovative project and look forward to introducing some of the area’s most interesting artisan food to a wider audience.“

Craigiemains Garden Centre’s Anne McCulloch said she was delighted to be hosting the event.

“A Farmers’ Market is a bit of a departure for us but we are looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors not only to the Market, but also to our coffee shop, gift shop and children’s play area after they’ve made their purchases,” she said.

“Let’s hope the weather is kind to us!”

Event organiser Colin McNally of the Ballantrae Development Group said said he was hopeful that visitors and people from the surrounding area will come along to make the event a success.

The farmers’ market will take place on Sunday October 21 between from 11am-3pm at Craigiemains Garden Centre, Main Street, Ballantrae.