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By Philip Murray

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Debbie McBean, Director and Hamish McBean, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie
Debbie McBean, Director and Hamish McBean, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie

Foodie fans in Inverness celebrated a major milestone at the weekend, when the Inverness Farmers’ Market marked its 25th anniversary.

Begun back in 1999 initially as a December Christmas-themed market, and opened by Monarch of the Glen star Hamish Clark who was starring in panto at Eden Court, it quickly blossomed into a regular monthly event - with all manner of local food and drink producers flocking to the city’s High Street to sell their tasty wares.

And for organiser Debbie McBean, its success has been down to the huge support shown by locals and visitors alike, as well as the farmers and other producers who tantalise the taste buds with their scrumptious treats.

“The 25 years have passed so quickly,” said Debbie. “We started in 1999 because of a crisis in farming and it was one way for farmers to sell their produce because it didn't restrict them in any way.

Cake. Picture: James Mackenzie
Cake. Picture: James Mackenzie

“The stall holders have been fantastic and some have been with us for the whole 25 years.

“What has been a great part of our success is the support from local people. It's great to have tourists and visitors buy, but really great to have the locals support us such a long time. And they continue to support it.”

And the market has certainly been thankful for that support, weathering challenges like the Covid lockdown and distance restrictions better than could have been hoped - in large part due to the very nature of the market.

She explained that the market had been able to start up again fairly quickly due to its open air format, with only a three-month break when full lockdown was first introduced.

Picture: James Mackenzie
Picture: James Mackenzie

“It was only three months before we started back up again because people were able to take their dog for a walk and stop by for shopping,” she said, stressing that even though it was outdoors the market followed strict social distancing precautions for added safety.

Of course, things have returned to normality since the dark days of 2020, and the market was in suitably buoyant mood to mark its 25th anniversary.

As well as a “great cake”, barbecue and music, the event featured a host of stall holders that included - Abriachan Nurseries, Rose Cottage Country Kitchen, Dog Falls Brewing Co, Brackla Farm Free Range Eggs, Highland Blooms, The Isle of Skye Baking Company, Sue's Felted Landscapes (Wooliebacks), Unravel Tea, Loch Ness Horn Craft, Woodmill Game, The Chocolate Place, Highland Boundary, PurelyPuti Products, Healthy Mediterranean Food, The Dounby Butcher, Patisserie Alice, Bell's Seafood, and Angela McWilliam Pottery.

Hamish Davidson, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie
Hamish Davidson, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie
Inverness Farmers Market stock photo. Picture: James Mackenzie
Inverness Farmers Market stock photo. Picture: James Mackenzie
Inverness Farmers Market locator. Picture: James Mackenzie
Inverness Farmers Market locator. Picture: James Mackenzie
Debbie McBean, Director and Hamish McBean, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie
Debbie McBean, Director and Hamish McBean, Director. Picture: James Mackenzie

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