Looking At Edinburgh

1 March 2008

Farmers market: First day of spring

Filed under: farmers market, food, people, photos — Tags: , , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 11:13 pm

at the market

Today was the first day of spring. Also, it was Saturday. I went to the farmers’ market. I bought a Savoy cabbage, carrots, an Arran cheese, a couple of brezeln and a cat’s tongue – which is like a brezeln, but flattened, split open, with Emmental baked on top – and two bottles of wine.

But first of all I did what I always do: I walked all the way through the market, glancing sideways at the stalls to see who was here, and bought myself a cup of coffee at the coffee stall at the far end of the market. The coffee is exactly the same – same franchise – but the queue is usually shorter.

Coffee stall

All of these photographs were taken here. They’re all in this set on flickr: Edinburgh Farmers Market, 1st March 2008. (If you want to see them on Redbubble, just ask.)

Big Issue seller

There are two Big Issue sellers, who work either end of the market. They work hard. Most people don’t buy a copy. (I did. Mostly because Delia was on the cover this week.)

It really was a beautiful day. The market was crowded.

At the market

At the market

At the market

North Country Lass

I love the crisps from The Crisp Hut:
The Crisp Hut

I find the man who makes the crisps in The Crisp Hut a bit disconcerting, because he isn’t very Edinburgh about it all: he’s friendly, outgoing, chatty, personable, full of information. To a native-born Reekie, it’s almost offputting: I want delicious crisps hot and fresh, not a crisp-buying experience of joy and goodfellowship. Still, you know, the crisps are good enough that I’m willing to cope.

The Crisp Maker

There are any number of stalls selling cooked meat from animals that led free-range, organic lives before they were slaughtered, and a porridge stall called Stoats that made the biggest bowl of porridge in the world last year, and of course The Crisp Hut with the merry crisp-maker, and even – once or twice a month – a stall that sells vegetarian/vegan soups.

So there’s also tables to sit at and eat: and, this week, a fiddle-player.

fiddle player

This is one of my favourite stalls. Falko (Konditormeister). I may have mentioned that before.

Falko from the outside

It’s not just the food. It’s the romance:

…. Falko was not initially convinced that he would find a market for his cakes and breads, so he and Robert decided to take a stall at the Saturday farmers’ market to test demand. At first they used the kitchen in Robert’s top-floor flat to bake around the clock on Fridays to make enough for the market. ‘We worked day and night because we could only make one small batch after another. When I fell asleep Rob would carry me to bed. Then I would wake up and find Rob asleep on the sofa with the machinery still working away,’ says Falko.
Far from complaining, the neighbours loved the fantastic smells in the stairwell, not to mention the enticing free samples. After a year, having come to the conclusion that people would support Falko’s quality and prices, they made the big leap of Falko moving in with Robert and selling his own flat in order to finance the opening of a small bakery with a retail shop.

But the baking is good too:
Brezeln and cat's tongues

cat's tongues and cakes

cakes and bread at Falko

But really: the bread is the best, though I hardly ever buy it. I like making bread. I keep looking at theirs and going home and trying out different proportions of rye and wheat flour. The loaves, though: look glorious. Taste glorious, too.
cakes and bread at Falko

And finally, wandering back through the market, my eye was caught by the fruit wine stall: the beautiful glowing bottles.
Fruit Wine

(Yeah: I bought oak leaf wine and gooseberry wine. Both Scottish, dry, and delicious.)
Lovely fruit wine

We’d been promised gales and freezing temperatures and rain if it didn’t freeze, but it was sunny, if windy, until about three. The market closes at two. Sometimes the weather gremlins are good to us.


  1. what wonderful pictures! I’m so jealous of your market!

    Comment by Annie — 4 March 2008 @ 10:57 pm

  2. It is a fantastic market – we’re very lucky to have it.

    Glad you liked the pics!

    Comment by edinburghlook — 5 March 2008 @ 12:04 am

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