Jun 10, 2024 | Food & farming

Our new local food market takes root

by Anne MacLennan

a woman buys produce from a stall next to the seaSaturday 4th May saw the first food market outside the Hebridean Inn in Broadford. There were stalls for Skye Microgreens, Drumfearn Mussels, and Climavore. The Selkie Collective brought sourdough bread, fruit and veg – as well as indulgent chocolate slices. A stall for local gardening crofters supplied a range of seedlings and plants including many varieties of tomato. The weather was perfect for the event so people could sit at the picnic tables to sample delicious food from the SELF van, while enjoying music from Ester and Iseabail’s Kitchen Ceilidh.

There was a good turnout, both customers and people just checking it out. There were some great conversations about local food: accessibility, affordability, how and what to grow. I saw the biggest asparagus I’ve ever encountered, grown in Breakish, and heard about apricots grown in Plockton. A tasty pesto was made from nettles and ground elder picked that morning.

There was another successful market on Saturday 1st June. One popular addition was the fresh (delectable) strawberries, which sold out fairly quickly!

There should be more stallholders next time, and as the season develops, there should be increasing fresh fruit, salad and vegetables available. Later on, there will be seeds to swap or buy and we hope to have foraging walks from time to time, while advice and inspiration can be shared every month. Come along on the first Saturday of the month, but don’t leave it too late. The stalls were all packing up soon after 2pm last time.

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