The kailyard was the Scottish equivalent of the kitchen garden or cabbage patch, and hardy vegetables, which could be grown or stored year-round were staples of the Scots’ diet.
At the commercial level, vegetables are mainly grown in the Scottish lowlands and along the east coast, where the soil is more fertile and, importantly machinery can reach. Potatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions are available for most of the year, with seasonal delights including peas, beans, broccoli and asparagus.
Some crops, notably turnips, are grown specially to feed livestock during the winter. Scotland also specialises in growing highest-quality potatoes which are not eaten but exported worldwide for planting.
Ardross Farm and shop lie right on the coast of the East Neuk of Fife, with stunning views across the Firth of Forth.
The Pollock family’s mission is to reconnect visitors and customers with Scotland’s abundant natural larder. As well as Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and mutton from animals grazed on the farm’s wildlife-rich pastures, the Pollocks produce over 40 types of vegetables which are picked fresh by hand every morning for their award-winning shop. Customers can visit the shop, order and collect food to go, or arrange home delivery in North East Fife.
As a result of their environmentally-sensitive farming methods, Ardross is a haven for barn owls, corn-buntings, lapwing and partridge.