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Published September 9th 2012
Local market, local produce
St Marys Market is a weekly market which runs in the summer months. Smaller than the Edinburgh Farmers' Market, St Mary's Market nevertheless offers a broad selection of fresh fruit, breads, and meat along with handcrafts, art, and clothes.
The fresh fruit and veg stall had a wide selection of seasonal produce, and provided a fruit for my younger daughter's homework activity (try a new food) in the form of some ripe and delicious greengages.
Loch Leven Tablet's stall (for those not familiar with this Scottish treat think of it like a grainier fudge) had some unusual varieties like whisky, or white chocolate. They provide tiny little morsels to tempt in the unwitting to the sugary delight that is their stock in trade. Be warned: their tablet is gorgeous, and incredibly addictive.
There are also the familiar stalls selling ready-to-eat market food like sausages on a bun. The biggest paella dish I'd ever seen was on offer in an another stall. At the Christmas version of this market, they also sell hot chocolate mixed in a glass boiler right in front of your eyes.
Because it's a smaller market, it does have a slightly unpredictable mix of stalls. However, if you're browsing for a gift, or fancy supporting some local businesses then I recommend a visit. It's a friendly little market at the top of Leith Walk. It always has something I want to buy, and it's well worth supporting.