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Craigies Farm

Our History

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.

Growing Fruit

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.

The new shop and café has been open since the summer of 2007, in 2009 we doubled the size adding a butchery and much more.

Craigies Corner

  • Megan WelfordMegan Welford Hi there Craigie's, I wrote this blog post about our lovely afternoon of fruit picking - thank you!
  • Craigie's Farm Shop and CafeCraigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Another fantastic offer from Rab in our Butchery department. We may not have had BBQ weather this summer but these marinated chicken packs are every bit as tasty in the oven Pick up a pack today
  • Fresh r-evol-utionFresh r-evol-ution New blog post all about our Fringe food activities! Enjoy. Special thanks to all our suppliers: East Coast Organics Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Phantassie Farm Oxenfoord Organics - Organic Veg Boxes Lothians Mr. Eion: Coffee Roaster Smashin' Eggs Tasty Buns Bakery Peelham Farm Edinburgh Farmers' Market Stockbridge Market The Buffalo Farm Real Foods Crombies of Edinburgh George Bower Butchers
  • Craigie's Farm Shop and CafeCraigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Tandoori Chicken Recipe Jazz up your Sunday roast dinners with this delicious recipe for a Tandoori roast chicken! Something a bit different to the traditional roast, the marinade can be as hot as you like (depending on the chilli powder you use) and is equally delicious served with rice or potatoes and veg! The question is, how hot will you go? Head to our website to view the recipe - http://www.craigies.co.uk/tandoori-chicken
  • Craigie's Farm Shop and CafeCraigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Have you stocked up on your rhubarb yet? We have a fantastic offer on in the shop at the moment - our freshly picked rhubarb is reduced to £1.99/kg! And if this has given you a sudden craving for the ultimate favourite - rhubarb crumble - check out this recipe from James Martin. So simple but so tasty!

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