Hit & a miss!!


Despite our best efforts on Saturday, having set off for Banchory, we were unlucky enough to be brought to a screaming halt by an unknown obstruction on the back road to Inverurie from Turriff??  I still don’t know exactly what caused the back up but am assuming with the weather conditions of late, that it was flooding or something associated with the incessant rain??!! Suffice to say that by the time I turned around and retraced my steps to try to find an alternate route, it was too late to get there in time to set up before packing up – if that makes any sense?? Mission abandoned!!!   Sorry Banchory, if anyone was looking for us, we hope to make up for it next time and we can always send you stuff if you need in the interim??!!

Meanwhile, Sunday was a total success!!  Deeside Food Festival at Cults Academy was an outstanding day with an amazing number of people attending!!  It was noisy, busy, buzzing and bustling with foodies all taking advantage of the many delights on display and available for tasting, sampling and generally gorging on!!! The range of local suppliers, manufacturers and home producers on display was truly awesome and the atmosphere fabulous with smiling, happy faces aplenty!!! Our only problem was we were in front of the stage where there was a cookery show going on and the speakers on either side of the stage seemed to be pointed directly at us – neither us nor our customers could hear anything whilst it was in progress as the volume was incredibly high and the patter incessant – it did raise a few smiles whilst attempting to explain how our produce could be used in cooking – somewhat ironic really??!! The amount of work in getting the whole event organised and the running of the nitty gritty of the day is a great credit to Rachel Gambro and her merry crew!! There was so much help and guidance available throughout the day and organisers on the spot whenever a need arose – all I can say is a huge and grateful — THANK YOU & WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED!!

Next Saturday 23rd September, we hope to be at Ballater Farmers Market and are, as always, looking forward to another happy and pleasant day at a fabulous venue!!  See you there and meanwhile, stay safe, stay happy and stay alert!!!



Thistle Street – dry & mainly sunny – wow!!!

It was – eventually – a good day but, at the start, we honestly though we’d not see any customers??!!  It was so quiet and with a few gaps in the stall holder ranks – reminiscent of the ghost town in old cowboy movies — all we needed was the tumbleweed??!!!  There was never a large crowd at any one time but a fairly steady stream of passersby(is that how you spell that??) some of whom seemed to be stocking up for a siege? That’s what made it a little strange, those that did come by were buying in multiples – no complaints there – but it didn’t seem like a particularly busy day until we realised that we’d taken about the average for Thistle Street!!  It was also very much easier for Suzie & myself to move around and layout our stuff properly with being able to use our own gazebo instead of the market supplied stalls??!!  Thank you to Maura and crew for your hard work and help – Westend Markets is going from strength to strength – onwards and upwards guys & gals!!

Next weekend we have a double date, with Banchory Farmers Market on the Saturday and the wonderful Deeside Food Festival at Cults Academy on the Sunday!!  We have been to Cults for the past couple of years and it has been an extremely busy and fun day every time – so much going on with something for all the family – cookery demos, jazz band, enough variety of food stalls outside and inside with a range of goodies to suit every palate?!!  If you have the time and are in the area, we highly recommend that you stop by and take a wander around – guarantee you won’t regret it (you might spend a little more money than you perhaps intended ‘cos temptation will be in your path??!!!)

Whatever you decide to do, be safe, be happy and thank your stars that we don’t have hurricanes – spare a thought for those poor people in the Caribbean and Florida who have had their lives destroyed??!!  Take care folks – see you on the circuit somewhere!!!

Happy Accidents – New Product!!

Funny old thing – what started out as an experimental recipe by our son for a Harissa paste,  when we translated it, has somehow transformed into an Indonesian style Sambal Oelek??!!  As the title suggests, this has turned out to be a happy accident in that the end result is absolutely stunning!! We only made a small trial amount and took 7 small jars with us to The Huntly Hairst last Saturday!! What a nice surprise when it was so well received that we could have sold five times that amount??!!  It is somewhat fiery – what else would you expect from us?? but the intensity of the flavour is awesome and as a marinade for chicken, fish, veggies – in fact with anything that takes your fancy that needs a lift – this will do the trick with a vengeance!! We are currently furiously engaged in making a much larger batch which we hope to bring to the Thistle Street Farmers Market this coming Saturday 9th September, along with all our usual range – Hot Pineapple Sauce, KB Sauce, Chilli Jam, Tomato Kasaundi etc, etc!!! (9 other products??)

Speaking of the Huntly Hairst, what a fantastic day that was!!!  There were 62 stands with everything edible under the sun on display, cookery demo’s, bouncy castle, musicians, charity runs, and, to top it all, a glorious day of sunshine and blue skies — HOORAY!!!  Anna and her team worked tirelessly to ensure that the day ran smoothly and it was a huge success – witnessed by the constant display of smiling faces wherever you looked – it was fun and a great day was had by all – thank you Anna and the magnificent folk of Huntly and surrounding areas – you did us proud!!!

OK, I’ll try and post some pics between now and next Saturday but no promises, not that there’s much to take piccies of but I know folk like to see what we are doing??  Meanwhile, take care and stay safe!!