A Long Family Tradition
The Sinclairs have been farming for over 200 years.
My great grandfather, George Sinclair came to the Home Farm, Dalmeny in 1892 as the farm manager. His son John (Jack) took over as Lord Rosebery’s manager in 1931 until he died in 1952.
My father, George (the Sinclair’s have never been adventurous with names!), was only 14 when his father died so he was a bit young to follow in his father’s footsteps.
However, when he was only 18 Lord Rosebery gave him the tenancy of Bankhead Farm where he farmed for 10 years before getting the tenancy of West Craigie in 1966.
West Craigie was originally a dairy farm, selling milk direct to customers in Edinburgh. As the dairy industry became less profitable, my father gave up the dairy.
We started growing fruit in the mid 80’s, encouraged and helped by a friend from Alyth. A small farm shop sold fruit, potatoes, jams and not much more, if we were there customers got served!
In the early 90’s, we converted a barn for more space to sell our own vegetables and ever-increasing range of jams. The shop was only open six months of the year.
Sadly my father died in 1995, but I, have continued to ‘grow the seeds’ planted by his efforts and energies.
These days, we’re open all year round and produce our own fruit for nearly half the year.
Pick Your Own
When's the fruit in season?
To see what is coming up and when it's ready...
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe If you're popping in this weekend, don't forget to take advantage of our May offer!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe If you're free next Saturday, make sure you pop in for our Bread Tasting Event!
Join us on Saturday 30th May from 10am-2pm when Ian, our bread baker, will be giving out free tastings of our delicious home made bread!
He will also be offering some hints and tips for making the perfect loaf and how to ensure your bread rises! Come along and say hello!
We hope to see you then!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Pop in for a bite to eat today and enjoy our delicious homemade Fish Cakes!
Made using local fish from Stuart Lawson & Inverawe Fisheries, we will be serving these for lunch today with asparagus from the farm, peas spiced with fresh mint, salad and tartar sauce!
Don't worry if you can't make it today, we'll be serving them for lunch tomorrow and you can also buy them on our deli counter - they go really well with our seasonal salad; ideal for a quick but delicious dinner!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Our Cake of the Week this week is our delicious lime curd cake with a fluffy meringue topping - Perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee!
Make sure to pop in and try a slice!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Have you seen our latest offer on Puddledub Pork?
Included in the offer are delicious Pork Steaks which are simple to cook well and very delicious!
However, if you really want to impress someone, why not shake things up with this recipe for pork steaks with gin & coriander sauce. Very simple and very delicious – it makes the perfect date night treat!
Head to our website to check out the recipe: http://www.craigies.co.uk/pork-steaks-gin-coriander
Who now fancies this for dinner this weekend? Head to our butchery counter!
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