It’s Farmers Market Weekend already, This Saturday in Kelso Town Square. Its been a quick month but we’re not free from the frost and snow just yet! Why not stock up before it comes back this week?
Come to Kelso for the day, walk round the Farmers Market and see all there is to tempt you and maybe even stay for a good wander round our huge variety of independent shops, Coffee Shops and Cafes.
Monthly FARMERS MARKET SPOTLIGHT – February – Hardiesmill
A borders farming family who pride themselves for being at the frontline of ethical beef production and innovation in product development and butchery are one of our regulars at Kelso Farmers Market.
Last October, during a visit to Hardiesmill Place, near Gordon, Princess Anne was given a tour of the farm by owners Robin and Alison Tuke, whose farming ethos focuses on producing exceptional quality Scotch Beef PGI which makes animal welfare a priority.
The royal guest was at Hardiesmill in her capacity as patron of the Scotch Beef Club, run by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
A tour of the farm included viewing some of the 130 breeding Aberdeen-Angus cows on the premises, which are from the original Scottish bloodlines of the breed.
The Tuke family, whose farm extends to around 480 acres, focus on three key areas to deliver top quality beef – breeding, feeding and handling. The cattle are produced using a
grass-based system and the family are pioneers of the concept of “terroir” which they believe sets Hardiesmill apart.
“We are rearing cattle to produce the best possible eating experience that we can,” said Alison Tuke.
“We see our farm as the Scotch Beef industry’s equivalent to a fine chateau in the French wine regions. We take great pride in the fact the beef we produce is distinctive as a result of our terroir – the land and environment of where it is produced,” said Mrs Tuke