Hamilton Farmers’ Market this Saturday 15th September Top Cross, Duke Street from 9am till 1pm

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Hamilton is the place to be this Saturday for our September market. Slap bang in Scottish Food Fortnight and in conjunction with Blasda Food Festival it’s an ideal opportunity to pick up some local products and have a chat with the producer.

There can’t be many farmers’ markets or towns blessed with such a fabulous bread maker as Barry Taylor; the fifth generation baker of Alexander Taylor’s Bakery in Strathaven. As always he will have prepared sourdough breads, fluffy morning rolls, focaccia drizzled with oil and crunchy salt flakes, sugary jam doughnuts and crisp baguettes worthy of a place in any french boulangerie. Barry works through the night to ensure the stall is heaving with goodies, the queue says it all!

Carmichael Estate Farm Meats will be bringing their award winning Orange & Honey Smoked Venison along with their farm raised venison, beef and lamb. To accompany Chief Carmichael’s offerings Perthshire Preserves suggest redcurrant or rowan berry jellies with the lamb or venison or for the adventurous they have plum and chilli jam. St Bride’s Poultry will attend with their delicious slow grown chickens for a perfect Sunday Roast dinner. Overton Farm and Butchery have their usual couple of stalls full of what their land has produced, home grown tatties, dirty carrots, beetroot or Clyde Valley Veal and great tasting tender beef. Lochbyre Rare Breed Meat will be fighting off customers desperate to get their hands on the sweet chilli link sausages a banger with a kick made with their rare breed pork. Vanilla Buffets delightful home baking, the famous Irn Bru fudge from Ochill Fudge Pantry who are  shipping some in to the Irn Bru factory this week – talk about coals to Newcastle? Great cheese from Island Cheese, award winning Cullen Skink from Fencebay and natural soap from Caurnie Soaperie to steep your feet when you get home after all that shopping!

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