Something I really miss about living in central Scotland is the lack of outdoor produce markets. Let’s be honest, we don’t really have the climate for it most of the year but when I was down in London last month, it was ridiculously cold and Borough Market just kept on trucking. I’m sure we hardy Scots could do it if we tried!
There are sporadic markets up here. The Farmer’s Market moves around from town to town, appearing on Saturday mornings in various different locations. It’s fine – small but super quality and fairly pricey. And when we get closer to the end of the year there is often a street market that appears in Dunfermline, filled with artisan bread and exotic cuisine. The German Market that appears in Edinburgh and sometimes in Perth is a high spot of the year too but these are only there for special occasions. It’s a shame. If there was a local daily market, I would be there. Fresh local produce. Choice. Variety. Character. Hard to beat.
When we holiday in France or Italy, the fruit and veg markets are so colourful and vibrant and you just know the produce is fresh off the vine or out of the ground. The hustle and bustle is fun too. You see all kinds of people and there’s a kind of earthy reality to it that appeals to me. Somehow pre-packed carrots from Tesco that have been sitting in cold storage for goodness knows how long just don’t have the same charisma (if you know what I mean)!
I loved wandering around Borough Market. It was early afternoon midweek when we visited, and we missed seeing it in full force, but it was still wonderful. It has a real international flavour that goes hand in hand with the more local produce. Here are some pictures…