Glenalmond College Set to Host Debut Farmers' Market

Glenalmond College Farmers' Market

Glenalmond College is preparing to host a two-day celebration of quality Scottish food and drink this summer.

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The Glenalmond Farmers’ Market will be held on the weekend of August 21st and 22nd when over 40 stalls will be set up in the Quad at the heart of its stunning buildings.

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy viewing the schools, which welcomes local day pupils as well as boarders from around the world, in its beautiful 300 acre setting, as well as relaxing and sampling top quality Scottish food and drink and crafts.

The school, which is running the event in association with Perth Farmers' Market, enjoys a spectacular location, just 15 minutes from Perth and an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and farming and food are very much part of its heritage.

Glenalmond College is proud of its strong links to the land and, indeed, its founding families 175 years ago included many well-respected agricultural families.

A great many of the school's former pupils have gone on to forge very successful careers in farming and food-related businesses, from soft fruit to ice cream, whisky and gin. A former pupil of Glenalmond, Alasdair Houston, has just been awarded the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's Sir William Young Award for his exceptional contribution to cattle breeding and the current Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year, Robert Price, is also a former pupil.

The school, which nestles beside the River Almond, was originally formed from part of the Glenalmond Estate, and is home to a host of wildlife, including a thriving population of red squirrels. It has recently also set up an Eco Garden in its grounds and an appreciation of conservation and nature is woven through the fabric of the school. 

Glenalmond College is believed to be the first school to ever host a Farmers' Market of this scale and last year the school was delighted to become the first school member of the Supporters' Scheme run by RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture.

"Glenalmond is an ideal location for this event and we are very much looking forward to welcoming stallholders and visitors to share our wonderful grounds during this celebration of Scottish produce and crafts in August," said Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College.

Glenalmond's Front Quad will provide a wonderful atmospheric location for a fabulous variety of stalls, said Adeline Watson, Manager of Perth Farmers' Market. "We're looking forward to welcoming former pupils and other producers connected to the school, who will be able to join our wonderful regular stallholders at the Glenalmond event."

Food and drink and craft suppliers interested in attending should contact Perth Farmers' Market by emailing adelinewatson@perthfarmersmarket.co.uk 

Glenalmond College is also hosting an Open Day on June 19th for families interested in finding out more about a Glenalmond education, and an Outdoor Fun Day on June 26th for children age 11 and 12.