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12 of the best farmers’ markets across the north and north-east

A blackboard at a farmers' market reads 'Traditional Scotch Eggs".
Traditonal Scottish farmers' markets have plenty of local fare to offer shoppers. Image by Shutterstock.

Looking to pick up some tasty treats this weekend, or even planning ahead for Christmas?

Then why not try out a farmers’ market near you – we have plenty of suggestions.

And we’ve also got an interactive map that will show you when and where all of these markets, plus plenty others, take place.

Braemar farmers’ markets –  Aberdeenshire

The Braemar market runs on the second Sunday of each month but will hold a special event in the run-up to Christmas on Sunday December 11, with three markets running: the Ghillie’s Larder farmers’ market at St Margaret’s, the craft market at Braemar Village Hall and the “booze” market titled the Ghillie’s Tipple, to be held at the Duke of Rothes Pavilion.

The markets run from 10am-3.30pm, with horse-drawn carriage rides between the markets and carol singers at each location, too.

A fireworks display at 4.30pm will complete the day. For more details visit The Ghillie’s Larder Facebook page.

Sign for The Ghillie's Larder farmers' market in Braemar.
Image supplied by Braemar farmers’ market.

Ballater Farmers’ Market –  Aberdeenshire

The next Ballater Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday November 26, from 10am-2pm.

Head to Ballater Church Green to explore all local food and drink specialties including fresh fish, local beef and cheeses as well as jams, chutneys, plants, crafts and delicious food and refreshments.

Also being held on the same day is the Ballater Winter Festival at 10am at the Victoria and Albert Halls, where shoppers can explore crafts and mulled wine, and enjoy lots of festive fun.

For more details go to Ballater Farmers Market’s Facebook page or email

Logo of the Ballater Farmers' Market.
Image by Ballater Farmers’ Market.

Peterhead Producers’ Market –  Aberdeenshire

Peterhead Producers’ Market takes place at Drummers Corner on Saturday December 3 from 10am-5pm.

Run by Rediscover Peterhead, the event takes place the first Saturday of each month, and offers a variety of goods from producers both local to Peterhead, and the surrounding area.

Although the main focus is on food and drink, other producers will bring the best of health and beauty products plus handmade crafts. For info and a full list of vendors see their website.

People at the Peterhead farmers' market in Aberdeenshire.
The market at Peterhead. Image supplied by Fat Man Skinny Camera.

Stonehaven Farmers’ and Produce Market – Aberdeenshire

Enjoy all things seaside and festive at Stonehaven Farmers’ and Produce Market, which prides itself on offering a positive, family-friendly shopping experience.

It can be found on the first Saturday of each month at Market Square with cheese vendors, shortbread, fish (of course!), Aberdeen venison, veg from Westerton Farmers and The Green Cocoa Team, among many others.

Go to Stonehaven Farmer’s Market’s Facebook page for more info on vendors.

Orkney Farmers’ Market Association

The Orkney Farmers’ Market Association runs a monthly farmers’ market in Kirkwall on the last Saturday of each month (apart from December when it is the second Saturday of the month).

The event runs from 9am-1pm in the Masonic Hall, Castle Street, Kirkwall, where you can buy the finest food and drink from local producers – including plenty of fresh fish – and support local business. Handmade crafts are also available.

Find out more about the market and the producers here.

Creels by the sea.
Expect some excellent seafood at the Orkney farmers’ market in Kirkwall. Image by Shutterstock.

Nairn Farmers’ Market – Highlands

On Saturday November 26, Nairn will host its festive event on the High Street, where lots of fun is on offer from 10am-4pm and includes the Christmas light switch-on.

And if the outdoors feels a little too chilly, there will also be an indoor market held in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre from 10am-3pm.

To find out more about what’s on offer on the day, go to Nairn Connects.

Plants sold at a market stall.
Nairn Farmers’ Market, High Street, Nairn. Image supplied by Iona Gibson.

Inverness Farmers’ Market – Highlands

Inverness, capital of the Highlands, has one of the busiest and best stocked markets in the region with a delicious selection of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, bread and cakes, fruit juices and dairy products available at the stalls.

The market runs on the first Saturday of the month from 9am-3.30pm and can be found at the Eastgate end of the High Street.

The next one is held on Saturday December 3 and more details can be found on Inverness Farmer’s Market’s Facebook page.

People walking at Inverness farmers' market.
Eastgate, Inverness. Image supplied by Inverness farmers’ market.

Huntly Farmers’ Market, Aberdeenshire

The Huntly Farmers’ Market brings a host of delicious fare for shoppers on the first Saturday of each month in Huntly Square where you can discover wonderful seasonal produce, along with a fundraising and information stall for local charities and organisations.

There is free parking a short walk away.

The next market is on Saturday December 3 from 9am-1pm. For more details visit Huntly’s Farmer’s Market’s website.

Market in Huntly Square, Aberdeenshire.
Huntly’s Farmers’ Market, Huntly Square. Image by Scott Baxter.

Dingwall market

The Dingwall market takes place on the second Saturday of every month with the next scheduled for Saturday December 10.

Held in the pedestrian-friendly High Street, it supports local producers and the community with 20 market stalls along with two stalls for local voluntary groups, too.

It’s an all-day event, so there’s plenty of time to browse the food, drink and craft stalls with the family.

For further details call 01349 867 941.

North Kessock

Run by Transition Black Isle, the monthly market takes place at the North Kessock Village Hall on the last Saturday of each month from 10am-12.30pm.

Suppliers offer lovely fresh vegetables, other produce and crafts – a chance for a blether, and a way to offer much-needed support to the community and businesses, too.

See Transition Black Isle for more details.

Vegetables on a market stall.
Farmers’ markets are a great way of buying fresh produce and supporting local businesses. Image: Shutterstock.

Culbokie Community Market

If you’re up early enough tomorrow, you can catch the super Culbokie Community Market bringing together high-quality local food and drink produce, from meats, cheeses and herbal remedies, to vegetables, handmade chocolate, local arts, crafts and jewellery.

Both indoor and outdoor, the market has plenty of food vans and stalls, so enjoy a cuppa and cake, or a bacon roll and a chat.

Find the stall at Findon Hall, Culbokie, each Saturday from 10am-12.30pm. Go to Culbokie Community Trust or their Facebook page.

Bridge of Don Farmers’ Market –  Aberdeen

The Bridge of Don (Bod) Farmers’ Market – run by Bridge of Don and District Men’s Sheds – takes place on the third Saturday of every month, 9am-2pm, at the Old Guardhouse Car Park, The Gordon Centre, Corunna Road, Bridge of Don.

The market runs tomorrow and if you miss it, there’s still time to shop for some super Christmas treats at the next event on December 17.

For more details go to Bridge of Don Farmers Market’s Facebook page.