Soft fruit growers are mainly to be found along the country’s east coast, where the fertile soils and comparatively cool climate enable the fruits to ripen slowly and develop the greatest sweetness and depth of flavour of any berry.
Scotland’s soft-fruit sector is a hero of recent times, with locally-developed varieties and new farming techniques lengthening the growing season meaning more delicious berries are available for more of the year.
Castleton Farm Shop & Café, handily adjacent to the A90 - the main road between Aberdeen and Dundee - has quickly become a local institution. The shop stocks cupboard essentials year-round as well as the seasonal bonanza of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries, which are picked daily.
The café dishes make stars of local produce which visitors can enjoy with beautiful views over the rich Mearns countryside.
The online shop provides a click-and-collect service as well as nationwide delivery, selling home-made ready meals, home-baking, sweets and preserves.