With many school leavers heading off to college becoming independent for the first time from their parents, the link to healthy eating is often substituted by way of other non-essential requirements of college life.
Managing budgets can be notoriously tricky, especially for those leaving home for the first time. When our own daughter packed her bags to study in Scotland, the food-parcel quickly became a must have essential. Goodie bags filled from the farmers’ market would often travel north of the border by mail or weekend visits. Unsure as to how many flat mates we’re actually fed from dad’s pocket, I will say, they all ate well.
Bringing a farmers’ market into town is a great way of showing the link between the field and kitchen, and the amazing array of local produce on offer. During August, a busman’s holiday took the family to Edinburgh’s farmers’ market where we sampled some delicious, local produce, including Belhaven smoked salmon, smoked over oak shavings from whisky casks, eaten on a park bench with fresh baguettes (we couldn’t stop ourselves). The market was a fabulous festival of locally produced food, and in my opinion, equalled only by our own farmers’ market here in Barnard Castle.
Encouraging our own young children to be creative in the kitchen has become something of a summer success story. Although now back at school and with the final weeks of summer winding down, they can still be found stretching their culinary muscles as we attempt to make our own home-made baguettes with memories of a Scottish holiday and a visit to Bessy Beck to relive a summer’s day in Edinburgh. Dont’ miss our next market on the cobbles on Saturday 7th September.