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 Another reason to pop in for a visit this weekend - the RSPB are visiting Craigie's on Sunday 11am-4pm
Why not come along and see the RSPB before or after your apple picking on Sunday? Check out our event information for activities details!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Tractor & Trailer Rides available this weekend for PYO Apples!
We will be running our trailer rides again this Saturday and Sunday for those who would like to PYO apples.
They will be operating 11am-4pm Sat & Sun leaving from the strawberry hut down to the apple orchard and then back again!
Baskets will be available from the shop and there will be a minimum £2 per person which is redeemable against any fruit picked on the day. The £2 per person will need to be paid before going on the tractor and trailer rides.
Please note, the tractor and trailer rides are only for those doing PYO Apples
We hope you can make it along for some apple picking!
- Mond Katze
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe We are delighted to welcome our new supplier here at Craigie's - The Ferry Brewery!
A local brewery based in South Queensferry, their range has proven to be very popular since opening in June this year!
Available to buy in our shop is: Ferry Fair, 40/- and Ferry Witches Brew!
And you can also taste the fantastic range at our Cheese, beer & cider event on 28th October! https://www.facebook.com/events/190320801401141/
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