The farm shops in Fife have it easy. The Kingdom of Fife’s vast coastline and fertile farmland means there is ample supply of locally produced food and drink. The long and glorious rugged coastline and the waters of the Firth of Forth and the North Sea supply fresh prawns, lobster, crabs, razor fish, clams and langoustine which are used in restaurants across the region as well as Michelin star restaurants and five star hotels. There are whisky and gin distilleries such as Eden Mill, Kingsbarn Distillery and Lindores Abbey who use fresh local water supplies to make their award winning drinks. There is also a cheese makers, bakeries, butchers, a buffalo farm, sauce makers, jam makers, chutney makers and even a Chilli Farm. Fife’s Farm shops certainly don’t have a struggle finding top class produce to line their shelves and luckily for the customers we can go to these farm shops and fill our baskets knowing we are supporting the local economy and also getting a pretty damn fine selection of goodies too. These four farm shops in Fife do it brilliantly well.
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I love that each of these farm shops support local producers by stocking their products and promoting them in their shops. I love that each of the owners are passionate about the food they sell and about their business. Of course I also love that I can go to one place and get everything I need and it doesn’t involve a multi story car park, a tonne of unnecessary plastic and an abundance of processed junk food.
Nothing beats opening the doors to these farm shops, smelling the fresh handmade breads, picking up your wicker basket, selecting your colourful veg (which are sometimes wonky and always mouthwatering because unlike supermarkets this amazing veg doesn’t have to be perfectly uniform in size and shape), filling your paper bag, browsing the meat counters, tasting the cheese, selecting the perfect wine. It’s a misconception that these farm shops are expensive. Sure, there are some items which are expensive, but you are paying for quality and the knowledge that the best ingredients were used. There are definitely bargains to be had though, I always buy my fruit and veg here, where else can you get 8 massive, fresh from the ground, carrots for £1?
These four farm shops in Fife below are all fantastic. Have you visited any? What did you think? Love them as much as I do?
When I got the opportunity to visit Taste Angus, a Scottish food festival held in the stunning Glamis Castle, my tastebuds were already tingling. I love nothing better than discovering a new region by sampling the local food and drink. Angus, in the east of Scotland, with the country's first UNESCO City of design, Dundee, at its foot and Aberdeenshire to its north is best known, food wise, for its hugely popular Arbroath Smokie and its world renowned Aberdeen Angus. I was about to discover a whole host of exciting and passionate food and drink businesses to rival those big names though and I couldn’t wait.
It's not a region I have spent a lot of time in. I've previously explored the coast, swam in the open air pool in Stonehaven and visited the beaches of Broughty Ferry, Montrose and Carnoustie but I had yet to venture inland. What I found when I did was rolling hills, glens and the cutest little villages I've seen for a long time.
Angus is known as the birthplace of Scotland. It was in 1320 when the Declaration of Arbroath was signed at Abroath Abbey, declaring Scotland as an independent nation. If you are visiting make sure to hunt out the many Pictish stones, particularly the ones found in Kirriemuir, Aberlemno, St Vigeans and Monifieth. While you are there sample some food too...
We were based for the weekend at Glenesk Hotel in the Georgian town of Edzell. The Victorian period hotel is a credit to the owners, with knowledgable and helpful staff who did everything possible to make sure we had a fantastic stay. The hotel was also the perfect start to our foodie weekend, thanks to a truly astounding collection of whisky. Over 1000 bottles lined the walls of the traditional whisky room. A bottle from every Distillery in Scotland, and plenty more. Over 200 gins, 70 rums and 70 vodkas complete the collection.
The room I stayed in was lovely, big and airy with the comfiest bed I’ve slept in for ages! Decorated traditionally in terms of the walls and carpet it was in perfect keeping with the rest of the hotel. There was a lovely little tray of goodies with Cadbury’s hot chocolate , tea, coffee and biscuits and the bathroom was ideal (especially the shower - heaven!).
Oh and if you need any more persuading to stay here there is also a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hot tub and games room.
Read more about the stunning food on offer here below.
I spent the weekend with fellow bloggers Claire from Foodie Quine and Lynsey from Girl Versus Food and loved spending time with people who love Scottish food festivals as much as me.