Buying local and helping the environment at the Artisan Market
Our Media Volunteer Tracey explains how you can buy local and help the environment at the Artisan Market in her latest blog.
Let’s get out into the fresh air for a little walk around Kirkcaldy High Street. You could tie this with a little walk elsewhere before or after popping by The Artisan Market, which is on every Friday. Create a new routine especially after lockdown if you are looking for new things to do you could start up walking, meet a/some friend(‘s) every Friday for a look around since now you can meet up with your friends. You can go and have a look around alone if you prefer to go places by yourself, but if you still enjoy being around and communicating with others. It could be a chance to do something yourself if you need something to pass some free time. A chance to go somewhere for a while and it is free to have a look around, of course, you might see something you want to buy. It is always nice to buy local.
The stallholders are all extremely friendly and very informative, so if it’s been a while since you spoke to many people it is easier to engage with others in this type of environment. This could then help build your confidence when speaking with others or maybe you like to chat anyway. You can pick up new information from the various stallholders and it is surprising what you can learn, as you will find out in due course.
The market offers lots of options from fresh produce, fruit and vegetables, fresh meat produce, freshly baked goods, vegan options, many other foods options as we will find out along our walk around Kirkcaldy’s Friday Artisan market.
Just walking around getting some fresh air, smelling all the different food and seeing all the interesting different products is exciting and interesting. It is also great to see Kirkcaldy High Street busy and more colourful.
It is a pleasure to speak with the stallholders who are all very friendly and full of knowledge and passion. The market offers a great vibe and is somewhere too nosey round. There is a community feel between the stallholders, which adds to the market atmosphere.
Note: Please be mindful of others and ensure social distancing practices, the stalls also provide hand sanitisers. Please also ensure you throw away your litter in the bins provided. Keep Kirkcaldy tidy.
Benefits to heading along the market
- Get a chance to get some fresh air, combine with a walk elsewhere before or
- Meet new people and get a chance to talk with other people, especially after lockdown, a great place to help get people socialising
- Create a new routine with your friends and family on a Friday since you can now meet
- Learn new things from the various stall
- A wide range of fresh local produce, better quality food available, supports local
- There are vegan options
- There are a good few Eco-friendly stalls available, where you can still be mindful of your carbon
- There are also plenty of stalls to indulge and grab a quick bite to eat. chance to meet some very creative and talented people behind the
- Support local businesses
The Artisan Fridays Market all began with Louise Canny, who wants to see our High Street looking great again and it’s beneficial for our local economy. More importantly, the market provides people with more options of fresh produce, handcrafted items, eco-friendly products crafted by talented locals, artisan takeaway foods that give people a chance to try something different or something they are more familiar with. It offers people somewhere exciting to go in Kirkcaldy with so many different types of produce and products.
Let’s go and have a look around and see what Artisan Fridays has to offer……
Jake’s Street Food
The food looks delicious, the smell is amazing and the food tastes great. Classic chips and curry sauce, really great price. Jake’s dad Mark was on the stall when I went along. Mark and Jake are both very welcoming and aim to please. I will be back for more. Jake’s Street Food is a business owned by Jake Ramsay an 18 year old Fife college student from Kirkcaldy, he runs the box with his Dad Mark.
‘We are based in Kirkcaldy, Fife. We cater at local artisan markets, we also cater for private hire and have a 3 month secondment in Beveridge park in Kirkcaldy’. ‘We started the business in July 2020 and it has been really good. We specialise in fresh pizzas, pakoras, flatbreads and soups’ Jake. ‘We do offer other options when catering on private hire, we can create a bespoke menu for your event’ Jake.
I asked Mark about vegetarian options and here’s a little list of options, subject to availability on the day:
Veggie pakoras: Mushroom or Cauliflower Veggie pizzas: Mushrooms/Onions/Peppers Veggie flatbreads, JFC mushroom
Veggie soups: Curry/Potato Leek/Summer Veg
The nacho fries are also suitable for vegetarians. The chips and curry sauce, which is also suitable for vegetarians.
Jake’s Street Food has even had a mention from Chef Dean Banks on Twitter, massive well done.
Tay Bees and Honey
I was welcomed by Gavin Ramsay at Tay Bees and Honey. This stall is very impressive with part of a beehive on display at the stall, along with some other tools used in beekeeping.
There are many options to choose from, Winnie the Pooh would love it here. There are heather honeycombs, springwood blossom honey, summer blossom honey, set or runny honey and many more. Consuming local honey may help reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Honey is also great for boosting your energy and immunity. You can read more on the importance of bees to the environment here.
What is really interesting is you can point a smartphone at any of the QR codes on the labels, you will then learn more about where what particular harvest came from.
Gavin Ramsay, ‘My apiaries are on country estates and farms around both sides of the Tay estuary and the Earn’. ‘Where have all the native honey bees gone? Most areas now have honey bees that have hybridised with imported strains, but a small group of enthusiasts (is three small?) with an isolated site in the Ochils are starting to bring them back. ‘Check out the progress we and others have been making with a new bee society for enthusiasts of the native honey bee’ Gavin Ramsay. It’s great to see progress for bees, we and our planet need bees to survive. I was buzzing after speaking with Tay Bees and Honey, check out my purchase below heather honeycomb.
This stall is inviting, providing an array of delicious brownies all nut-free. On the day Graham’s parents were running the stall. They are very welcoming, they are so proud and it shows through their knowledge and passion.
It was impressive to hear that the packaging is also eco-friendly. The packaging is actually made from wood. Wood waste from wood mills is used, the fine wood powder leftover contains 3 components. Starchy fibres cellulose and hemicellulose that form cell walls, and the polymer lignin that glues them together. The hemicellulose is removed and then it can be made into plastic-free packaging. It biodegrades in soil within 3 months.
The owner of this eco-friendly business is Graham Brook, ‘I’ve been baking for myself for almost 2 decades and I’ve decided to make a business out of it now’. ‘I always get great reactions from people eating the food that I make and I love to find out what people think of it’. ‘I use Callebaut chocolate in most of my recipes and I believe that’s what makes it taste so good’ Graham.
A delicious purchase was made, I bought an Oreo brownie. It was utterly scrumptious.
See my purchase below.
Mia Mae Eco-Friendly Candles
Mia Mae offers a range of eco-friendly soy wax scented candles. The smell from this stall is lovely, with all the different scents. The merchandising of the stall is amazing, so inviting and a lot of thought has been put into the layout of the stall.
They offer eco-friendly candles which are better for the planet and our health, as well as lasting longer. The Mia Mae stall was very friendly, they provided a lovely little conversation and were very helpful. The candles look amazing, prices were reasonable as well comparatively with branded candles.
Mia Mae Candles, ‘Our candles make a perfect gift for a loved one. Hand made in Scotland. Luxury Candles. Perfect gift. All of our products are hand poured with 100% soy wax, a more sustainable, eco-friendly wax which gives the candle a cleaner, healthier and longer burn time than petroleum-based paraffin candles.
There are plenty of luxurious options at this stall, gift ideas for many occasions, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or even just for your own home. This stall provides many options for those who are conscious of the environment. Candles are great for promoting relaxation whilst in the bath, help reduce stress. There are many fragrance options to suit any mood.
The smell from this stall is utterly phenomenal and no meat in sight. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans, those seeking a plant-based diet or for those who love to try new things.
The smell of the authentic spices is alluring and attracts many happy customers. This stall is busy and bustling, The Tiffin offers excellent customer service.
They offer many treats to choose from pakora’s, curries served with rice, salad, often different desserts which are chickpea based.
The family was so welcoming and friendly when I ordered my pakoras. I also wanted to try some of the sweet desserts, which their daughter insisted on handing them over to me. It was such a lovely, warm and welcoming experience. The Tiffin, ‘We have a great passion for cooking and putting together dishes by traditional methods.
My purchase below. Onion pakoras, a vegetarian haggis pakora and a vegetable samosa. All very tasty and flavoursome.
Mixed Fruits are from Alloa, these guys are friendly and welcoming. They are very informative and often have more unique fruit on sale for example white strawberries when they are in season. This stall has a true traditional feeling, it has a sense of vibrancy and life. It’s great to hear a little banter being exchanged.
Certainly, this stall provides fresh produce which is healthy and will contribute to the daily intake of vital vitamins and minerals key to our health and well being. It is worth popping by after visiting more indulgent stalls or straight to it if you’re trying to stay healthy.
There is a lovely aroma when approaching the Ecobean stall, the stall is very friendly and informative. They are a Kirkcaldy based, Scottish Artisan Coffee Roasting Company that want to help reduce the impact that coffee consumption has on the planet.
They use EcoRoast Technology, which is carbon-neutral and zero waste. Energy is harnessed from the waste coffee grounds that normally get sent to landfills.
Eco Bean coffee provides delicious coffee and an environmentally friendly solution, which helps to reduce waste and CO2 emissions for a more sustainable future.
Another eco-friendly option available for those wishing to lower their carbon footprint.
Thistle Hampers & Gift Boxes Scottish Produce
This stall is inviting with the charming driftwood ornaments on display. There is a stunning range of unique homemade jewellery, ornaments and many other gifts including Scottish treats such as tablet and fudge. There are also lovely little hampers with a little range of different local products, they would make an ideal present.
They explained, the driftwood hanging ornaments were made from driftwood sourced locally from the beach at Tentsmuir Forest, North East Fife. Had a nice little chat at this stall. Jude also makes unique jewellery using gemstones, shells and pearls from all over the world. Many other materials have been used to make unique jewellery including scrabble pieces. A little treasure trove.
A little note the stalls may vary from week to week. Hopefully, you can go along to the market and buy local to help businesses and the environment at the same time. If you are feeling inspired to make your own healthy meals then you can follow some of our recipes here.|