Kirkcudbright Producers Market

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 00:15

Sheltering in the shadows of the trees in the town’s church grounds, fondly known as the ‘soaperie gardens’, the crisp white marquees of the market thrums with the hustle and bustle of a vibrant, energetic continental market, people spilling out bearing goods from bakers, butchers, jewellers and more. But it’s not a continental market. It’s not even on the continent. It’s not even in a large town or city.

This incredibly busy, beautiful market is set in Kirkcudbright, the stunningly quaint fishing port nestled neatly into our amazing 200 miles of Dumfries and Galloway coastline. The market is packed out with over 40 stalls of stunning produce selling the most delicious foods and intricate crafts. The nostrils are assaulted with wafts of freshly roasted coffee ground to your liking as you wait, with freshly baked bread and pastries. The stalls are groaning under the strain of stacks of delicious pies, stunning hogget, gourmet scotch eggs and charcuterie.

Kirkcudbright Producers market prides itself on bringing the customer the best in local produce, ensuring that everything on offer comes from within 60 miles (as the crow flies) but what is more impressive, is the desire to encourage collaborative works between stallholders. This isn’t a dog eat dog market where they each vie for each other’s business. You can tell as you walk through the market that this place is unique, the people here genuinely want to help one another and the family like banter between them is both endearing and challenge setting.

Let’s not forget though, the stunning crafts on offer interspersed between the bulging food stalls. Delicate stalls filled with the most beautiful, creative crafts. This is, after all, the artists town and the market organisers have ensured that this is reflected even here, at the farmers market. Stunning silversmiths, glass artists, wood workers and fabric crafts are of the highest quality, matching perfectly the feel of the entire event.

I don’t think I have ever attended a market so packed with stunning produce. There is obviously time, care and attention paid into ensuring that everything here is of the highest quality and that the customer never leaves disappointed. Obviously, the price bracket for purchases here is higher than your average high street supermarket, but for the quality, the freshness and the traceability, it’s more than worth it.

As I stood, talking with Sarah of Annanwater who sells the amazing lamb and hogget and she tells me about how and where she farms and the work she and her husband, Steve, put into her flock, I am reminded that this isn’t about just filling my belly, THIS is feeding my soul.

Published by foodjunkie on Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 00:15