Shop local online: NeighbourFood’s Blairgowrie and Rattray virtual market
It’s no secret that here at Highland Boundary we are huge advocates for shopping locally. Whether it’s locally crafted gifts and homewares, or fresh local produce. However, due to the current pandemic this has become a little more challenging for some. That’s where NeighbourFood comes in! An online marketplace where you can browse and shop local food and drink businesses in your area.
In fact, if you browse the Blairgowrie and Rattray market you’ll see Highland Boundary alongside some wonderful local artisans and producers. That’s what we’re highlighting today. We’re sharing some of the inspiring small-medium sized businesses who we share a virtual marketplace with. We’ll delve a little into each business, what they offer and more. But first, let’s chat a little more about the fantastic platform that is NeighbourFood.
A little bit more about Neighbourfood…
Our mission is to bring the best produce to your table, support our incredible local food producers and build a community around delicious food.
As we said, NeighbourFood is an online marketplace where you can shop local produce and shop directly from farmers, bakers, breweries and more. Under the current circumstances of the pandemic, shopping locally feels ever more important. By shopping local you are helping to support independent businesses and yes, you may pay a little more, but you can count on high quality, fresh products. You are also helping to reduce environmental impact by choosing local.
On the NeighbourFood website you can see that markets are divided into locations so you can register and shop closest to you. You can then further filter what’s on offer by searching for specific items or browsing the different categories. For each product you’ll see a full description of ingredients, volume, shelf life and more. If something takes your fancy, simply add it to your basket!
Each week your nearest collection point for your market will have a select date and time that you can go along and pick up your order. Some markets, like Blairgowrie & Rattray, are delivering at the moment as part of their response to manage the risk of Covid-19. You can find out more on the How It Works page on their website and read the full Covid-19 protocol for collection also.
Neighbourfood organisations are often supported by brilliant groups of local volunteers, so please check this site out and support local producers in your area.
Browse NeighbourFood’s Blairgowrie and Rattray virtual food market
We're lucky to be a part of Blairgowrie and Rattray NeighbourFood scheme which is run by a fun and dedicated team of locals, really well supported by customers across the area and has developed a wide range of local producers benefiting from the network.
Here are just a few of the market stall holders that form the Blairgowrie and Rattray market and a little bit about what they do.
Located in rural Alyth at the foot of Glenisla is family run farm Incheoch Farm. Cows, sheep and hens are all raised on natural diets for a healthy and happy life on the upland farm. Incheoch Farm takes great pride in producing top quality beef, eggs and lamb with environmentally friendly practices at the heart of what they do.
At the market you can find tasty goods such as Angus braising steak, free range coloured eggs and Incheoch’s very own salt and pepper lamb burgers.
Strathearn Cheese Co
A top quality cheese on your favourite choice of cracker really is one of life’s simple pleasures. Strathearn Cheese Co are Scottish based artisan cheesemakers who take inspiration from the local land and culture when creating their flavours. They even wash the matured cheese in Glenturret single malt whiskey. The Lady Mary’s Bairn Wild Garlic is flavoured with locally foraged wild garlic for those who like a punching taste. Or you can try The Strathearn, a rich semi-soft cheese made using pasteurised cows milk.
We can vouch for just how tasty their cheese is!
The Wright Root
John at The Wright Root offers a range of fresh and locally grown produce for you to choose from at the Blairgowrie and Rattray market. Everything from vegetables and salads to baby roots and microgreens. A firm believer in ‘farming better not bigger,’ The Wright Root is about more than just selling top quality local produce, it’s about educating on all of the benefits that come with choosing sustainable practices over mass production. Eliminating the use of any chemicals in farming, The Wright Root promises to be ‘better than organic' by farming and tending to the soil in a way that is most natural in order for healthy growth.
Something for those for a sweet tooth! Kath’s Cakes provides a scrumptious range of cakes, loafs, muffins and more at the Blairgowrie and Rattray market. Kath now also offers a tasty range of cheesecakes in flavours such as Oreo, strawberry and Terry’s Chocolate Orange - yum! There’s nothing quite like homemade cake.
Fresh, high quality dairy goods for you. Family run business Robertson’s Dairy are based in Blairgowrie and source the best possible dairy and grocery products all from the local area. You can stock up the fridge with their pints of milk, Scottish cream and more.
From the family farm in Auchterhouse, Andrew and John run Skea Organics; an organic vegetable business that specialises in growing potatoes with over 30 seed varieties on offer. Blue Annelise, Casablanca and Red Potatoes are just some of the different seed potato types that you can pop in your basket when shopping at Skea Organics. Another brilliant local enterprise doing things differently and with real care.
Bourtree Jams and Preserves
Fellow Alyth local Jackie makes and sells the most delicious jams, curds, marmalades and chutneys. Bourtree Jams and Preserves offers a range of flavours from a classic sweet strawberry jam, to Badvo sloe gin, raspberry and blackcurrant jam and more. Using locally grown and top quality fruits go into each jar. Whilst Jack ensures that extra gelling agents, additives and preservatives do not.
You can browse through the various flavours on offer and even send in your own suggestions!
Click here to view the full list of businesses involved in the Blairgowrie and Rattray market.