Farmers’ Markets are coming back to Ballantrae.
Previously they were held quarterly but, this year, they will be held on the second Sunday of every month from April to October, with the exception of June when the award winning annual Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink will be staged again.
The Farmers’ Markets will once again be held in the grounds of Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre in Main Street Ballantrae. The first Market of the year will be held this Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
Susan Crosthwaite, of the Ballantrae Development Group which has been organising the markets in partnership with Craigiemains for the last five years, said: “Having established Ballantrae Farmers’ Markets as part of the village calendar, we are delighted that Craigiemains and Alex Sharpe of Ayrshire Stall Hire have joined forces to take over the running of the Markets. The role of the Development Group is to support local businesses, encourage tourism and develop unique events for locals, surrounding communities and visitors. The Ballantrae Farmers’ Markets ticks all of those boxes and we are delighted they will continue to offer great local food and drink more often.”
Alex Sharpe, who also organises the new Troon Street Market and markets at Culzean and Dumfries House added: “I have been involved with Ballantrae Farmers’ Markets for some years now. They have brought a really positive reaction from customers and stallholders and we intend to continue that tradition. For the first Farmers’ Market of the year we have brought together a wider range of suppliers and producers to give customers an opportunity to taste and purchase great local produce.
“We expect the April market stalls to include local veg, eggs, meat, honeys, jams and chutneys, pies, gluten free produce, and a home baking stall.”
In addition to the goods on sale at the market, visitors will also find a coffee shop, gifts, books, garden supplies, a children’s play area, the miniature train and the Visitor Information Point containing ideas for visits to places of interest and activities within easy reach of Ballantrae.