Orkney Farmers' Market Association organise monthly markets providing an opportunity to buy directly from local producers of food, drink, crafts and growers. Markets are held on the last Saturday of each month February to December.
Monthly Farmers' Markets have been held in Orkney since 2000 and have provided a regular opportunity for local producers to sell goods directly to their customers.
The markets take place in Kirkwall on the last Saturday of the month from February to December between 10am and 2pm. Due to Orkney's somewhat unpredictable weather, the markets are all held indoors - however have found a very central home - taking place in the Kirkwall Masonic Hall on Castle Street.
Whilst the trader attendance and offer can vary throughout the year, visitors to the market can usually expect to find a range of local meat, vegetables, fish, cheese, preserves, traditional homebakes, coffee and crafts.
The market welcomes customers from near and far and is well worth a visit - because as well as providing an opportunity to meet some of Orkney's skilled local producers - many of the goods on display are not available in any of the local shops. Samples, tasters and market deals are also often on offer, providing a great chance perhaps to try something just that 'peedie' bit different!
As with any market, for the best offer, it is advisable to come earlier in the day. Some traders accept card payments and/or foreign currency, however, in order to avoid disappointment, cash (Pound Sterling) is recommended.