Hi, Readers. Thanks for popping in!
To piggy-back on my recent post about Elie, Scotland, today I want to make mention of a splendid farm shop located about a mile outside of the village, right off of A917. It was so splendid, in fact, that we made the hour and ten minute journey from Edinburgh two additional times!
When Mr. C and I travel, our basic routine is to eat the majority of lunches out, as we often spend our days driving and exploring. We prefer to cook breakfasts and dinners in (one of many reasons we always rent a home rather than stay in a hotel). Truthfully, it’s Mr. C who does most (okay, all) of the cooking, although I’m pretty good at drinking wine and cheering him along. We enjoy dining at home when we travel for a few reasons.
1. Obviously, it saves money.
2. Slow, relaxed mornings followed by a day of adventuring, capped off with a late romantic supper at home is pretty much my perfect day.
3. Because of our epicurean tendencies, it’s always fun to shop like a local and cook and prepare meals with high quality locally grown meats and produce.
Plus, it’s just plain fun to browse the store shelves for things you can’t get at home.
And it’s educational. U.S. friends, did you know that rocket is arugula, a courgette is a zucchini, and that cos lettuce is Romaine? I know, mind blown. Just kidding.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the foods we have eaten from Ardross are some of the best that Mr. C and I have ever put to our lips. According to their website, the Farm Shop grows over forty varieties of seasonal vegetables, picked fresh each morning. And boy can you tell!
Their quality traditionally reared beef comes right from their own herd.
In addition to meats and produce, Ardross offers a wide selection of locally and nationally produced artisan products, “free range eggs, rare breed bacon and local pork, world renowned venison, organic lamb and mutton, wild border game, delicious free range chickens, ready meals, British wines and beers, handmade chocolates, luxury jams and marmalades, divine puddings and ice creams to name a few. ” (ardrossfarm.co.uk).
I can attest to this personally, as I transported several of their goodies home across the Atlantic!
I seriously can’t say enough good things about Ardross Farm Shop. My only complaint is that I can’t shop there every week.
See you next time, friends.
*Opinions are my own. I did not receive any compensation (monetary or otherwise) for this review.