Celebrating nine years of the freshest, locally sourced produce.
22 May 2009
The renowned Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday on Castle Terrace from 9am to 2pm, is celebrating nine years of supplying the freshest, locally sourced produce to people living in Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond.
The award-winning market enables shoppers to experience, enjoy and buy locally produced food, with only the freshest products on offer from everyday essentials to luxuries.
On Saturday 6 June, to celebrate the anniversary, added attractions include Neil Forbes, Head Chef at the Atrium Restaurant, demonstrating how to cook some of Scotland’s finest fresh produce al fresco, special offers, entertainment and music.
The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is key to enabling many local producers to survive, grow and prosper in these difficult times. The market began in June 2000 and since then, has gone from strength to strength with 64 producers and stall-holders now regularly attending. It generates over £1million in revenue annually and has an average footfall each week of 5000.
David Leslie, Proprietor of David Leslie Fruits, said: “We had a stall at the first market held on Castle Terrace and things have come a long way since then. The diversity of products on offer and the quality items available to shoppers is second-to-none. It’s been great to see how the Market has developed and we are looking forward to many more successful years of trading.”
Tom Campbell, Chief Executive for Essential Edinburgh, said: “We work in conjunction with the farmers and producers to ensure the market is the best that it can be. It provides essential income for the stallholders and there have been many changes over the years, as we continually strive to offer visitors the optimum shopping experience.
“For the ninth anniversary, we have launched this website, unveiling new branding and produce-related flags for the stalls, to demonstrate that the market offers shoppers a forward-thinking and distinctive place to enjoy shopping for high-quality, locally produced food and produce, in an unbeatable location.”
Issued on behalf of Essential Edinburgh
By Benchmark PR
For more information please contact David Forsyth 0131 225 0780
Notes to Editors
The majority of the stallholders at the Farmers’ Market are primary producers, growing what they sell. A quarter offer meat products including specialities such as wild boar, venison, ostrich and water buffalo. Organic beef, chicken, lamb and pork are also available. Other types of produce include fish (lobster in-season), free-range eggs (including duck eggs), cheese, seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, chillies and plants. In addition visitors will find producers who bake and prepare their own farm products. Guest producers provide specialities including organic beer, liqueurs, bread, chocolates and chutneys.
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market began as a monthly event run by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2000. Responsibility for the operation of the market passed to Edinburgh City Centre Management in early 2001.
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market was awarded the title of ‘Certified Farmers’ Market of the Year 2007’ by industry body FARMA, from 550 hopefuls, and it was voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Farmers’ Market 2006’ in a competition run by Country Life Magazine.
Essential Edinburgh is the Capital’s first Business Improvement District (BID), and Scotland’s fifth. The company was formed in July 2008 following a successful BID ballot in May 2008. Edinburgh City Centre Management Company (ECCM) proposed the BID and progressed the proposal to the positive ballot. Following the announcement in May ECCM ceased operation on 1 July, with Essential Edinburgh taking over all staff and most projects.
Essential Edinburgh’s vision is to ensure that Edinburgh City Centre excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit. www.essentialedinburgh.co.uk