There’s a great deal to get your teeth into in the Greater Speyside area, from beautiful coastal, river, mountain and forest views to the famous Malt Whisky Trail. Whether you want to try local specialities like Cullen Skink, tour a distillery or brewery, or taste mouthwatering seafood fresh from the sea, there is wonderful food and drink on offer in Moray Speyside, which can be enjoyed against stunning backdrops.
As this is the designated Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, we’ll be celebrating the area’s food and drink in the next few blog posts, starting with places where you can stock up on fresh and local produce.
Farm Shops in Moray Speyside
There are a number of fantastic farm shops to discover, many of them with lovely cafes to boot so you can enjoy a coffee and home-baking or lunch after browsing the shop.
Just outside Nairn you’ll find Househill Farm Shop in old steading building that also houses a coffee shop and Country Wood, a pine furniture shop. In the farm shop you can pick up locally grown vegetables and seasonal fruit as well as their own home-bred beef and locally-reared organic chicken, plus Highland Bay Seafoods, wine, whisky, jams, chutneys and home bakes. Head to the cafe afterwards for a light lunch or some delicious home-baking.
In Kinloss the Woodside Farm Shop and Play Area is located on a family-run farm where children can view cows and chickens at close range (this is one of my son’s favourite places for that reason). The farm shop is stocked with all the wholesome produce you’d expect, including home grown vegetables and potatoes, free range eggs and home-bred Aberdeen Angus beef. It’s a great family-friendly place to visit, with a play area for children next to the cafe.
At recently renovated Allarburn Farm Shop in Elgin you can buy their own free range eggs, home and locally grown vegetables, and local meat as well as a range of deli delights. There is also a selection of gifts, and the bright, spacious building is home to another popular cafe where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a scone after shopping.
If you’re travelling on the A96 between Brodie and Nairn, make a stop at Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm for fresh vegetables and fruit, potatoes, home baking, locally produced cheeses, meats, honey and oatcakes. The farm shop usually opens in June but this year is open throughout January. The fruit farm specialises in home-grown fruit and vegetables, and is known for its mouthwatering strawberries and raspberries. In season you can find rhubarb, apples, plums, brambles, black, red and white currents, and blueberries, plus a variety of vegetables. And just to brighten up your winter with a taste of summer sunshine, they have a range of frozen fruit available to buy throughout the year.
Logie Steading, off the A940 just outside Forres, is where you’ll find the Olive Tree Cafe, a second hand bookshop and arts and crafts, but did you know there is also a Steading Farm and Garden Shop? Selling their award-winning home-bred Longhorn beef, wild venison, the Isle of Ewe Smokery fish, jams, patés and cakes, the farm shop is another great place to stock up on lots of lovely local produce. Anyone hungry yet…?