Haddington Farmers’ Market: Saturday 19 December, 2015

goody-bag-lootHaddington Farmers’ Market is always special. Offering more than just the best of the season’s produce, Haddington Farmers’ Market is an atmospheric alternative to crowded shops during one of the busiest and most hectic times for shopping in the year. Oozing character, its stalls festooned with seasonal decorations as shoppers enjoy the great variety of home grown produce, friendly atmosphere and first class customer care. Where else could you speak with the producer who knows his produce inside out and who is more than happy to offer you advice and tips on the best cooking methods?

grottowebExtra care and attention is always afforded to HFM customers – twelve months a year – but this December excitement is mounting as HFM prepare for an early visitor. On Saturday 19 December, Santa and his golden grotto Lothian Bus will make a special visit. Not only will his little helpers will be singing Christmas Carols, Santa has promised there will be a goody bag for each child who would like to say hello.

Haddington Pipe Band will be playing a selection of traditional tunes, mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice, plus a range of mouth watering tasters will be available. There is also an opportunity to win a HFM hamper – packed full of delicious local produce.

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at a local Christmas market? Christmas shopping is never a chore at the market thanks to the huge array of speciality stalls offering unique present ideas and you can create your very own bespoke HFM hamper for your food loving friends.

Worried about parking? Santa’s golden grotto bus isn’t taking up all the room. There is loads of free parking behind Court Street and the market is next to bus stops to and from Edinburgh and the rest of East Lothian. The market town of Haddington offers some lovely cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of individual shops which are well worth exploring (see a list here).

Christmas is a very special time of year. Make your Christmas even more special with produce from Haddington Farmers’ Market and a visit to Santa.

Come the festive season, there’s nothing better than a spiced, warming glass of this mulled wine. Try this mulled apple juice, which the kids will love.

1ltr Laprig apple juice

strips of orange peel

1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish, if you like

3 cloves

sugar or honey, to taste

Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.

Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.

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