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.
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe As the holidays are almost over, there's only a couple of days left to enter our Design your Egg Competition!
We're giving away a kids Easter hamper full of Craigie's goodies up for grabs for the best Easter Egg design!
For your kids to be in with the chance of winning - head to our website, download our “design your egg” colouring sheet from our website and get them to design their own egg! http://www.craigies.co.uk/…/design-your-easter-egg-competit…
Or if they fancy getting really creative, we are selling chocolate egg making kits in the shop in which means they can create their own chocolate Easter creation! It’s really easy and very fun to do! A great idea activity for the Easter Holidays? These are £9.99 each
You can either post a photo of their entries onto our facebook page, send a photo to email@example.com or simply hand in the entries to someone here at Craigie’s.
The colouring sheets will be available in the café/shop too so they can take part while you enjoy a nice coffee this weekend!
The winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday 20th April - Good luck!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe The weather is meant to be nice again this weekend (fingers crossed!) so if you fancy making the most of it and getting some fresh air with the family, why not come and try our Nature Trails here at Craigie's!
Aimed at Primary aged children but fun for all the family, it's a great way to explore Craigie's Farm and the surrounding areas!
Head to our website for more info - http://www.craigies.co.uk/activities/walks-trails
And even better, it'll make you feel like you've earned your coffee and cake in the cafe afterwards!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe If you're looking for a way to spend the last few days of the Easter Holidays, why not come and help us feed our little orphan lambs?
We feed them everyday at 11am and 3.30pm and we're always looking for little helpers to get involved and give us a hand (big helpers too!)
We hope you can come along and say hello - they're very friendly and they love meeting everyone!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Drum roll please... Our Cake of the week is:
our delicious homemade cherry scones!!
Perfect with a brew and bleather!
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