St Cyrus WRI

AT THE November meeting of St Cyrus WRI, president Kathleen Masson introduced Marie Thomson from Balmakelly Farm, whose topic was ‘What’s for tea tonight?’

The speaker explained the history of the farm shop, including how it was started by her father-in-law in a wee shed, until 2009 when it expanded into the present day business.

Marie, herself from a farming family, left her job in the NHS to help run the business.

She is also responsible for growing a lot of the shop’s produce.

She stocks various meats from 35 suppliers, dairy produce, bakery and her own fruits and vegetables which are used in the home made preserves also for sale.

The shop strives to cater for all dietary requirements with a stock of low GI breads and gluten free products.

The business now employs four people to run the shop and they continue to improve their skills and knowledge base which is passed on to their many customers.

Marie provided tasters of some of her products which went down very well.

The vote of thanks was given by Carol Duvall.

Competition winners

Spoon rest - 1, Joan Stirling; 2, Kathleen Masson; 3, Helen Keith. Fiery Dip - 1, Mary Neil. Vegetable creature - 1, Kathleen Masson; 2, Mary Neil; 3, Wendy Sparrow.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 3, and will be a Christmas party.

All are welcome.