I love mooching around Farmer’s Markets wherever I come across one, but my all time favourite is the small but beautifully formed Kelso Farmer’s Market in the Borders. The Market is on the fourth Saturday of the month in Kelso Square from 9.30am until 1.30pm.
Just before the ‘Beast from the East’ snowfall in February, we spent a sunny Saturday morning wandering around the stalls to visit and here are a few of our favs!
Osso Restaurant – Sausage Rolls, but not as you know them!
This is Alan’s first stop when we get to the market. The piles of golden pastry stuffed with delicious fillings like Haggis & Black Pudding or Chicken & Bacon, have him salivating. We always walk away with a bag filled with these delicious goodies, and are delighted to hear that they are considering selling them on-line! Check out their website at Osso Restaurant.
Caurnie Soaperie – The World’s Oldest Soap Makers
I cannot resist the enticing scents coming from the Caurnie Soaps stall, and have to stop myself from buying one of each, after all just how clean can I get?? The soaps and creams are all vegan, not tested on animals and do not use palm oil. Their Nettle range of soaps, shampoo, body wash and moisturisers are perfect for eczema and psoriasis suffers. I picked up a fragrant Geranium and Orange soap which scented the smells wonderful. Check out their website at Caurnie Soaperie
Kitty’s Homemade Non-Alcoholic Ginger Wine
On a cold day, a wee tot of Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine warms you up a treat. A family recipe with a combination of ginger, lemon and eastern spices, it is perfect to add to alcohol, make into a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail, or have it on its own. We had it warmed at Kitty’s stall before buying a bottle! Kitty’s Ginger Wine. is available to buy online or at one of the many markets she attends.
Woofers Cottage Dog Treats
It is not just the two-legged visitors that get treats, Woofers Cottage sell tasty – well our Parson’s Terrier, Izzy thinks so – dog treats for the more discerning dog. Available in Mint & Parsley (good for the breath!), Peanut Butter Donuts, Cheesey Dugs or Cheese and Herb, these are ideal as a wee present for your four-legged friend. Contact on their Woofer Cottage Dog Treats Facebook page.
What started as a hobby has turned into a business for local honey producer Mark at Greenknowe Honey. After increasing their number of hives, and many hours of devotion, they now produce pure clear honey in jars and squeezy bottles, set honey, honeycombs as well as beeswax candles.
I Heart Bags – Harris Tweed Bags and Accessories
Just next to Woofers Cottage is the colourful stall of I Heart Bags. Handmade out of genuine Harris Tweed cloth which is sourced directly from the isle of Harris. So much to choose from, not just beautiful bags, but lavender hearts, ipad covers, jewellery and even the very smart Harris Tweed dog coat in the photo. Have a look on their I Heart Bags 2017 Facebook page.
Also on our favourites list are:
- The Dessert Diva – delicious cakes
- Northern Ark Nursery – fabulous selection of plants, shrubs and herbs
- Peelham Farm – organic and free-range meat
- Bluehouse Goats Cheese – divine fresh goats cheese
- The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen – a wonderful range of cakes, cupcakes and scones
- Nourish by Rebecca – a range of granolas and raw bites which are all gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free
- Hardiesmill – ethical Scottish Beef
The market is on every fourth Saturday of the month in the Square from 9.30 to 1.30pm. Check out the Kelso Farmer’s Market on Facebook for upcoming dates. The next market is Saturday 24th March.
Do you have a Farmer’s Market near you? What is your go-to stall? We’d love to hear from you!
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Larch has had wanderlust all her life, travelling as much as she can whenever she can. Now in her 50’s, she writes about her adventures on her travel blog The Silver Nomad to encourage travellers of all ages to look at different destinations. In early 2019, she qualified as a CAA PfCO Drone Pilot and now travels with her DJI Mavic Pro to capture aerial videos and photos to enhance her work.