Farmers’ markets are all the rage these days, and with good reason. Nothing can come close to that joyous feeling of strolling around clutching a bag filled to the brim with fresh, local, produce and seasonal goodies. These markets have been sprouting up in cities, villages and towns alike, and allow customers to experience the very best of ‘source to city’ produce. Discover the top farmers’ markets in Edinburgh and prepare for an absolute treat.
Experience a piece of fresh-produce heaven at the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. Not only is this beauty the only Scottish market accredited by FARMA, but it is also regarded as one of the best farmers’ markets in the entire world. Every Saturday, Edinburgh Castle gazes down longingly at the little dots strolling amid the stripy stalls on Castle Terrace. These dots are happy people delighting in the sights and smells from the market. This stunner has been around for 16 years (and counting) and hosts over 50 specialist producers. From seasonal meats and fish to sought-after delights like rare fruits, venison and water buffalo, this magnificent gem takes the crown for best market in the city.
Stockbridge is a beautiful part of Edinburgh, and it is undoubtedly the perfect location for one of the top farmers’ markets in town. The Stockbridge Market on Saunders Street is celebrating its fifth birthday. Join in on the festivities and experience this buzzing hub of culinary and crafty finds. The market is open all year, come rain or shine, and takes place every Sunday. Expect to come across all sorts of fabulous finds, from gourmet dog treats to artisanal chocolate creations, crafts, olives, and even restaurants like Harajuku Kitchen and Gusto Artisan. The traders change weekly, so make sure to check who will be where and when – or just turn up and prepare for a sensational surprise.
The area of Morningside exudes a certain kind of sophistication and class with its stunning architecture, high-end boutique shops, and exquisite restaurants. In 2003, this place became even more impressive when the symbolic ribbon was cut and the Morningside Farmers’ Market sprung to life. Every third Saturday of the month from 9.30am – 3.30pm, the car park of the much-loved Merlin transforms into a vibrant market place overflowing with jovial traders and a lively atmosphere. All food, crafts, and goodies come directly from the producers to the doorstep of Morningside. Not only is the market graced with the most delicious and enticing treats, but it also benefits local farmers and traders by keeping food fresher-than-fresh and helping the local economy. Make sure to stock up on the brilliant selection of jams, chutneys, and fish pies.
The Grassmarket area in Edinburgh is a dark horse to say the least. You never quite know what will happen there next. This place has some of the best spots for shopping, an incredibly colourful history, and one of the best farmers’ markets out there. After all, the name ‘Grassmarket’ originates from the days when it was one of the main marketplaces in the city. Today, a great number of vendors, traders and producers still gravitate to this exciting location every Saturday to share locally grown, organic and fresh produce. Market-goers can delight in over 20 stalls and indulge in street food hot from the pan. Traders also vary depending on the season, which ultimately guarantees the freshest of finds.
Leith is fantastic area of town renowned for it’s vibrant restaurants, stellar seafood scene, and rich history. Head that direction every Saturday and explore the Leith Market. Expect the full works and all the usual suspects, from juicy organic fruits, vegetables fresh from the ground and greenhouses, free range everything, and yummy confectionary choices too. Those who have a thing for local arts and crafts will have an absolute field day. From creative craft items to original artworks by independent traders, stock up on all the knick-knacks you could ever desire. Vegans should pay particular attention to this specific market – on the first Saturday of each month, a Vegan Quarter emerges, showcasing the most brilliant local vegan businesses and goods galore. By Tori Chalmers