THIS year’s blossom day in the Clyde Valley had one thing last year’s lacked – blossom!
Held at Overton Farm, Crossford, in conjunction with the regular Farmers Market there, it offered a glimpse of local products and a different way of life.
Clyde Valley Tomatoes from Braidwood were selling quickly and, for a perfect tomato sandwich, artisan baker Barry Taylor showed how to make tasty bread.
Lanark in Bloom encouraged visitors to buy plants and grow their own and newcomers Plan Bee brought the actual producers, the bees, along with their pots of honey.
Outside the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership marquee, music came from Set and there was plenty of fun for youngsters, organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
The Farmers Market had fresh meat and seasonal vegetables, as well as the chance to buy hand-made soaps.
“The weather could have been slightly better,” said Chris Parkin of the Rural Development Trust, one of the partners in the day.
“But we were delighted with the numbers who turned up. It creates a feel-good factor in the Valley and the response from the visitors was very positive.”
The blossom was good and with the Orchards project having planted over 300 new trees in the past year, mostly in Crossford and Hazelbank, next year’s should be better – there could even be local apple chutneys for sale. Watch this space!
The pictures featured in our slideshow were taken by freelance photographer Rodger Price.