The Gask House hens and ducks are semi-free-range in that the local fox and badger put and end to their total freedom so now an electric fence surrounds the hen coop and runs. The hens do get out most days to forage but only under close supervision. The Gask House Labradors are being trained to herd the hens and ducks, but that continues to be a work in progress!
Beef and Croft produce
Produced in Strathnairn. Free local delivery available.
Birchwood Croft is situated in Strathnairn and is a family run Croft by Tim and Beth Rose. Although they specialise in beef, throughout the year you can find a variety of cattle, chickens, pigs, sheep, and bees. They also manage a polytunnel, a vegetable and a fruit garden plus an orchard from which they sell seasonal fruit and veg boxes. In addition there is a selection of chutneys, relishes and jellies which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
All the meat from Birchwood is reared on the Croft with the main produce being beef. They send their beef to the market at about 30 months which they say "can take patience but is well worth the wait for the flavour". Beth and Tim freeze all their meats and most are vacuum packed to ensure quality and flavour. All cuts are individually priced.
If you would like to pre-order any meat or other produce from the Croft, please contact Beth to check availability first. All contact details are on their website (below) and Facebook page .
Free delivery to your cottage is also available.
Farm Shop and seasonal pick your own fruit- Nairn
You can order fresh produce boxes from Wester Hardmuir Farm by going through their website. Or take a trip to their Farm Shop which is well stocked with seasonal produce including home grown potatoes, beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, leeks, onions, parsnips, peas, sprouts, swedes & turnips.
They also have a large stock of home baking made at Wester Hardmuir as well as different varieties of apple juice produced from their own apples.
You can also pick your own top quality seasonal fruits and enjoy a walk around the farm. Click on the button to find a full list of this season's fruit and vegetables that you can pick and purchase.
Munro's are an established Highland butcher providing some of the finest meats from local prime livestock
Charlie Munro has said "Our own background is a 100 year history in retail butchery in Ross-shire.... We are fortunate to have some of Britain’s best famers and crofters in our patch, giving us access to the finest local livestock, from which we produce the best of premium Scotch beef, lamb and pork."
The local shop at Inverarnie keeps a small selection of Munro's frozen meats however a visit to The Queensgate shop will not disappoint . Click on the button for full details and directions to the Queensgate Inverness shop.
Award winning Scottish organic cheese
Connage Highland Dairy is a traditional family-owned, fully organic business, situated on the family farm, Milton of Connage at Ardersier. The farm was started by father Hamish Clark and continues to remain in the family. A family business in the true sense of the word, Connage is owned by brothers Callum and Cameron and their wives Jill and Eileen.
The organic dairy herd of 150 cows, mostly Holstein Friesian with Jersey crosses and Norwegian Reds and they graze the luscious clover pastures around the dairy and along the shores of the Moray Firth. Connage Farm grow their own feed, operate an organic system which puts animal welfare at the top of the agenda, employ local people and are also investigating alternative sources of energy.
A large selection of cheeses, made from the organic milk, are available to purchase from the shop on site. You can also watch the cheese making process through the production window.
Click on the link to find the opening times of this fabulous cheese pantry which is definitely worth a visit.
Fresh Quality Seafood
From sea to shore in just a matter of hours, Scottish Premium Seafood provide the freshest seafood from the family boat in Mallaig. Everything they sell has been sustainably sourced from Scottish waters.
Once the catch is landed, it is quality controlled before it is transported to the shop in Inverness at the Fairways retail centre. The seafood is kept in optimum conditions for its journey, then once instore it is kept at the ideal temperature or live in the tank, ready for you to select.
The seafood is never on display longer than 24 hours, ensuring only the freshest seafood is available for sale.
Click on the link to find the opening times of this fabulous seafood shop, which we can highly recommend.
This is held on the first Saturday of each month at the Eastgate end of Inverness High Street (near to Marks & Spencer). There are stalls of local produce including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, home baking.
Hours 9am : 3.30pm
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