How many of you, my dear readers, know about Knowes Farm Shop? Now you out of towners most probably won’t have heard of it, but some of you locals must have. So out of you lot, how many know that Knowes do Pick Your Own Veg (PYOV)?
If you don’t have an allotment or can’t be arsed growing your own vegetables but love the idea of freshly plucked carrots, onions and beetroot; freshly picked herbs, beans and kale, then you really should take a wee jaunt out to East Lothian and get soil under your nails and mud stuck to your wellies.
Ian Baird and Tommy Dale took over from the Cochran’s almost a year ago and not only do they grow veggies, supply free range eggs from the chooks out the front of this low brick farm building but the shop also has homemade preserves, tomatoes from Clyde Valley Tomatoes, bread from The Bakery Dunbar and meats sourced from the Borders.And not forgetting live, local lobsters, crabs and langoustines.
They wanted to be different and with the help of two enthusiastic young laddies, Ben and Lindsey (might have spelled that wrong, if I have – sorry), Knowes now offers their customers the opportunity to pick their own, which is what I did this morning.
I came away with two bags of veg that cost me the grand sum of £9.45. OK so it’s not organic, but they use minimum pesticides but plenty of dung and as much sun that’s available. Check their website for details as to what is ready for picking. At the moment, PYOV is only available on Sundays, but if you give them a call, I’m sure they’ll only be too happy to let you loose in the five-acre field, as long as you spread the word to the rest of your friends, family, colleagues, or strangers at the bus stop!
Knowes Farm, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1XJ
© Lea Harris, Off the Eaten Track, 2013.