A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Braemar Farmers Market

A lovely little market, every 2nd Sunday, 10-3. Known as the Ghillies Larder

Just setting up, Ghillies Larder

We arrived early after packing the van up at the campsite, and needed to do a little loop round the village just to put the time in which wasn’t a problem on a glorious sunny day.

At the entrance a textile stall which my wife couldn’t resist. I commented on the prime location to the weaver and she agreed apart from the fact sometimes she gets attacked by the midges! We did a quick loop after that just to orientate ourselves and found ourselves talking to the the lady on the wine/italian delicatessen stall. From that moment on talking to each stall we visited.

The Bee keeper from Royal Deeside the most fascinating, a choice of honeys and I’d never thought to ask about the differences and why there is a clear runny, a more cloudy version and a heather honey. She explained (and seems obvious now) depends on what the bees had been collecting and the time of year. An explanation around how she keeps bees in different locations in order to ensure the different flavours. We joked about the midges, to find it wasn’t a laughing matter they were worse than the bees in that they got through the net. We also talked about the health benefits and the tests the universities are doing. Could have stayed for longer. I’ve still to open the jar I bought.

The award winning cheese maker from Drumturk, again a lovely lady armed with a Tupperware tub of samples. Before I knew it I was eating goats cheese, oh and had bought some, which has been the basis for my wraps this week. Just a few thin slithers, a little ham and some leaves.

The Highland Beef stall. The beef all bagged up and ready to go with a couple of offers with regard the price. At some point I wan’t to try smoking a piece of brisket on the BBQ (don’t ask….Roy Choi and his TV show has a lot to answer for!). I couldn’t resist the diced highland shoulder for a stew I know will save us at the weekend, slow cooked so there is something after a full day of painting.

The veg stall, that had the most vibrant selection of colours. A beautiful red cabbage, chard with yellow and red stalk bundles. Baby carrots just lifted. I came away with a little heavy bag and mentally compared it to our veggie box that I just cancelled. This half the price and more vibrant assuring myself I’d done the right thing given the cost of living. The box a luxury I can no longer afford.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’d met up with a long time friend for the first time in six months. He lives fifteen minutes away and no real excuse for not meeting up sooner other than we are both busy, similar path with teenagers and the work life balance. Great to catch up. We also attended a session at the book festival. Ricky Ross talking about his autobiography. Both my wife and I long time fans of the Band Deacon Blue. Followed by a meal out.

Ricky Ross

I was tickled by the image of Shaun the Sheep being part of the Artemis Programme and can’t wait to hear more about his exploits!

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.


  1. Anonymous

    I love walking around farmers’ markets – always so many things to look at.

  2. Anonymous

    I love walking round farmers’ markets…always so much to look at.

  3. Susan

    You had a good week. How’s the cheese? It’s great to get it from the source.

    • chef

      Cheese, has been the highlight of my lunch every day, very smooth and creamy

  4. Natalie

    Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Fresh produce for half the price sounds amazing.

    • chef

      Really felt like it had come straight from the allotment

  5. Anonymous

    I just love farmers markets! I walked through one today. I usually go there almost every weekend, but I don’t always purchase things. The scents reminds me about childhood adventures with my mom. She used to love visiting farmers market in different cities around Europe. Thank you for the coffee!

  6. Anonymous

    Mmmm! The beef stall sounds like a great place!

  7. Kathleen Howell

    Farmer’s markets are the best!! I hope we still have a few going on in my town this year.. Love the blue glow in that pic! And Shaun the Sheep! <3

    • chef

      Thanks for popping by, and I hope you do get some in your town, definitely make for a nicer shopping experience.

  8. Anonymous

    I love farmer’s markets! Looking forward to exploring some around here when they reopen in the fall. Sounds like you had a great week!

  9. Kirstin

    I love a good farmers market. We have a few in our area…what is a Midge?
    So great you got to catch up with a friend. Life can definitely get in the way, can’t it. I have a few friends I really want to get together with.

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