Plenty on offer at Farmers’ market at Strathmore Hall

THE ANGUS Farmers’ Market returns to the Strathmore Hall at Forfar Mart this Saturday for the monthly visit to the town.

This month you can savour Mulled Bouvrage which is made using a full pound of Scottish raspberries bursting with flavour and full of powerful antioxidants.

Last month Strathearn fleece and fibre attended the special October craft market and, due to the interest shown, they are coming back this month. Colin and Linda Gardner farm near Crieff and have a flock of around 350 Texel ewes. They use the best of their quality hog fleeces as well as locally sourced rare breed fleece to make hand-dyed spun yarn for spinners, weavers and knitters.

Lisa from Kitchen Garden Delights is adding to her wonderful range of home baked goods and this Saturday will bring a gluten free range including a lemon and poppy seed loaf. Lisa has great ideas for useful Christmas gifts too.

Hayley the market’s resident chef has a full programme of cooking over the morning starting at 10 a.m. with a cooking workshop with the kids making puff candy dipped in chocolate.

Later she will make delicious cookies. For the adults Hayley has come up with an alternative main course for your Christmas feast, using quality ingredients; she will cook venison medallions with a parsnip gravy and Cairn O’ Mohr gravy.

Last month customers shared the parking area with vehicles attending the cattle sale at the mart but this month it is back to normal for farmers’ market customers with free parking readily available. Customers are reminded to take along their market loyalty card that can be stamped at the market information stall and also Isabella’s’ preserves and Norma’s homemade stall.

Once your card has six stamps it will be entered into a draw at the December 8 market for £150 worth of market vouchers. Angus Farmers Market is in Montrose on the first Saturday of the month and Forfar on the second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will also be a special Forfar Christmas Market on Saturday, December 22.