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.
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- Every Edinburgh Looking for something to do this weekend? Get in the Fringe spirit a little early with the Edinburgh Food Festival which is being held in George Square.
There's tasty food from local producers like Twelve Triangles, Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe, Khushis, Alanda's and many more, plus lots of talks and shows to whet your foodie appetite.
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe We've heard rumours that August is meant to be good weather? Could it be true? We won't believe till we see it but fingers crossed anyway!
If we do get good weather I'm sure you'll be desperate to have a BBQ! So let us help you be King (or Queen) of the BBQ with our BBQ Packs!
That’s right – our BBQ packs from the Buffalo Farm have everything you need to be King of the BBQ this summer!
From succulent Buffalo Burgers, to mouth-watering Auchtertool Angus Rump Steaks, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
But which pack will you go for? – Pack 1 with our delicious ready-made kebabs, or Pack 2 with our delicious Steaks?
(Of course you can have both if you want – we just want to find out which is the favourite!)
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