Poolewe Tuesday Market is a great day out for all the family to enjoy, not only with stalls full of interesting items locally handcrafted, but other fun and interesting things to see and do.
Poolewe Hall every Tuesday 10.00-2.30 ●Angie and Mark Naylororganize the market on behalf of Skye View Animal Home for whom we are official fundraisers. All profits from stall rental and tea and coffee sales are donated to this charity, except 20% which is equally distributed between local good causes :- Highland Hospice, Dundonnell & Torridon Mountain Rescue, Poolewe Swimming Pool and Strathburn Home Residents fund. Each week we will hold a 50-50 raffle, which half of the proceeds are the winning raffle ticket prize and the other half to the good causes listed above. There will be other fundraising activities on a regular basis for these very worthy causes. We will keep you updated with amounts we have raised. So before the season kicks off, may we say a huge thank you in advance for your kind support of the local small businesses who have stalls, and the good causes in our area that you are supporting. In the shopping hall we have a vast array of locally made crafts, artwork and produce available to suit all tastes, pockets and ages, made to the highest standards buy our local crafters, artists and producers. The very best selection of the area all under one roof. ●Jill and Paul produce unique handmade ceramics and woodwork ranging from sculpted otters, hare, highland cattle and other highland wildlife. They also make driftwood boxes and picture frames to house Jill's handmade and painted tiles. Other items are also available with an ever changing range to choose from.
●Eoghain is a part time wildlife photographer whose main job is manager of the Beinn Eighe Reserve (NNR), which gives him great access to the wildlife in the area which he captures for you to admire. Stunning pictures and cards of deer, mountain hare, otter, buzzard, eagle and butterflies, to name but a few, are on display.
●Lesley and Ron own Garden Cottage Nursery and bring a wonderful selection of plants to the market where you can get tips from Lesley on the best plants for your garden and how to care for them. She specializes in plants which thrive in coastal gardens and can give you tips for any tricky area of your garden.
●Ron has a vast selection of second hand books for you to choose from, ranging from novels, to history, special interest to childrens books. Something to get your teeth into in the evenings.
● Tracy designs and hand makes bespoke hats and scarves and other accessories using fine materials such as Harris Tweed, silk, wool and fine yarns. Every item is individually designed and unique, inspired by the light and colours of the Wester Ross landscape. On her market stall, she also sells hand made baskets produced in the village of Mtitu, Tanzania, where she set up the Mtitu Foundation to raise money to build a secondary school. All the money taken for baskets goes directly to the village. She has raised over £14,000 for the Mtitu Foundation since setting it up in 2006. ●Alison of the Button Bothy has the most beautiful handmade button jewellery to choose from. From necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charm bracelets, chokers, kilt pin brooches. Using a magnificent array of buttons, vintage, art deco, 50’s, 60’s to modern day, glass, mother of pearl, the list goes on. There is something to suit every occasion, pocket, style and age. The most vibrant, colourful stall you could hope for. Also available from Alison is a large selection of colourful greetings cards for any occasion and quality wrapping paper which she sells as a representative for Phoenix Trading.
●Laura has the most scrumptious cakes and desserts available with a fantastic selection of gluten free treats, such as Belgian chocolate brownies, scottish shortbread and empire biscuits. Also a good range of sweets, such as sticky toffee puddings, pecan pies meringues and Italian preserves to go with that pasta you’ve just learned how to make! She also sells homemade ready meals so you can tuck into a hearty meal without any effort. Her products are ever changing so there is always something new and tasty to try out. Everything she bakes is a tastebud sensation.
●Emma from Loch Broom Pottery creates unique pieces of pottery with an ethnic flare. Her selection of beautiful items include crock pots, teapots, dinner sets, cheese plates, mugs, wall plaques and much more. Her stoneware is oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. Her collection of stunning pottery is continually changing and growing so there is always something new to admire on her stall.
●Sue and Beth are West Coast Textiles. They make stunning, individual bags with a vast selection made out of genuine Harris Tweed amongst other Scottish sourced fabrics. Other items they make are necklaces, bracelets, hair clips and corsages made of bead, fabric and Harris Tweed. Each item is unique and will make you truly stand out from the crowd.
●Angie of Cottage Bakery an independent baker brings an extensive range of sweet and savoury produce, from rich fruit loaf and lemon drizzle cakes to sausage rolls and Spanish tortilla. There is always a selection of jams available along with traditional Scottish tablet and handmade Belgian chocolates. Also available is a choice of up to nine different breads, ranging from the trusty white loaf to continental breads to cheesy beer bread which we bake from 4.30 am that morning to ensure the freshest loaf for you. We are always updating our range of produce to give a great variety for your enjoyment.
●Nicky from Harbour Lights Café and Wee Shop at Gairloch Pier brings her homemade jams, marmalades and chutneys, ranging from kiwi and apple jam to spicey tomato chutney. Also she carries a vast selection of healthy snack packs, speciality teas, fair-trade coffees and just about every spice you could think of for your culinary delight. She also has a great range of airfix models, dolls house accessories, some which are locally handmade, handmade fridge magnets and many other items aimed at entertaining the kids. There is something for everyone.
●Bryan, author and artist, brings his collection of locally inspired work, in the form of The Pictures and Poems range which covers numbered and signed prints, greetings cards, mini cards and booklets together with, each year, a calendar of selected pictures each with their own poem. Also available, Bryans three books, More Deaths Than one, Going with Gabriel and Twenty Bites, enthralling reading, and if you ask nicely, he’ll even sign the book for you! A gentleman of huge talent. Bryan's studio is located in Aultbea's Kirkhill House, where his wife Dee also operates a first class B&B
●Allan who runs the Cabin on Shore Street in Gairloch brings his selection of collectables and curios to the market. he has a huge variety of products for sale including porcelain, vintage jewellery, militeria, ships lamps and a fine selection of binoculars. The list goes on, and we are sure you will be entertained for quite some time with all his finds.
● Liz and Tim come from Invergordon Liz brings her wonderful range of handmade natural bath and shower products. The are made with 100% natural ingredients and pure essential oils. Her range includes bath bombs and melts, shower bars and jellies, scrubs, massage bars and oils. A large range of luxurious items to pamper yourself. Tim brings his range of beautiful hand-turned bowls, plates and other items for which he uses native Scottish hardwoods. Take a piece of the highlands home with you.
● Maureen arrives with dozens of jars, filled with traditional sweeties such as midget gems, pontefract cakes, soor plooms and coconut mushrooms to name but a few, all weighed straight from the jars as much as you like. She also has a selection of retro sweets to blast you back in time, sherbet fountains, black jacks, space dust and more, available loose or in gift bags. New this season are champagne, mulled wine and cranberry creams. Cram packed full of goodies, guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds.
● George started making corkboards using recycled corks, which he collects. His range has now expanded to the original cork boards, boards with keyholders and shopping list rolls, coasters, table mats, pan stands and other cork based items. A great and practical line of products to safeguard your tables and worktops, all with handmade frames.
● Klementina has a double sided business. She will supply you with tasty salmon, cod and haddock which she herself smokes using her secret marinade recipe. A wonderful, healthy meal to be had. She also offers a wide range of gift items from her native Bulgaria, vibrant throws, shawls, cozy slippers, knitted scarves and socks are amongst the wonderful items she carries.
● Lin will be supervising a stall selling handmade cushions by Angie Naylor, a large range of handmade cushions from 100% woollen tweeds to tartans, hand sewn tapestry and other fabrics. A choice of sizes available along with handmade lavender bags, carrier bag holders and wall hangings. Lin also has a range of beautiful handmadeaprons. Also new to the market, sheepskin rugs and insoles are sold on Lin's stall, coming all the way from Kinlochbervie using highland sheepskins which are hand tanned using traditional methods by Tricia. Why not treat yourself to a pure sheepskin rug to go in front of your roaring fire, or a pair of insoles for your boots or wellies to keep your feet warm and snug in winter and cool and comfy in the summer. Lin will also oversee a selection of Eoghain's photographs when he is unable to attend the market in person.
● Ed is a local freelance photographer specializing in mood, sea and landscape. Resisting the temptation to go digital, Ed prefers to rely on traditional film cameras for his work providing him the medium to capture magical Wester Ross moments created by nature alone. A selection of his work including limited edition hand-printed enlargements, framed prints, canvases and latest ‘Wester Ross 2012’ calendar will be for sale at the market along with smaller pieces such as fridge magnets and cards. Ed is always keen to chat about his work, equipment and technique and looks forward to meeting you at the Poolewe Tuesday Market.
Dry Cured Bacon is being supplied by Loch Ness Smokehouse. This is available from Mark at the Cottage Bakery stall (unless he eats it all first!) Pork joints which are dry cured for 5 days in sugar, salt and selected herbs then air dried before being cold smoked for 24 hours using whisky barrel wood shavings. No additives are used in the making of this bacon and all done by hand by Bert and Mirjam using Scottish reared pigs. The best bacon you could possibly hope for.
● Lizzii and her dog Jazz scour the land to collect beautiful, interesting and sometimes quirky images for you to enjoy. Come and see her stall which is full of colourful, vibrant and varied photographs all taken by Lizzii then lovingly turned into greeting cards, mounted and unmounted prints and even fridge magnets. She is constantly updating her collection so you will never be bored. Her products can be obtained locally or by email and phone order – a business card calendar is included with each purchase or available on request. She is always happy to discuss any particular requirement you may have or just to chat about her favourite subjects – photography, dogs and the local area! She is looking forward to meeting you soon.
● Eggs from The Willow Branch from free range, organically fed rare breed hens. From the local Willow Branch Croft run by Tania MacKenzie who is committed to working towards sustainable locally produced food that is available to the community. Food with provenance that is ecological, ethical and naturally produced, without the use of harsh chemicals or other artificial means. Is a longstanding member of the grass-root organic label ‘The Wholesome Food Association’ or WFA. Tania has used horticultural biodynamic practices for over 12 years and continues this in her animal and poultry husbandry through grazing improvement, homeopathic practice, natural supplementation – such as seaweed and garlic - and selection of native livestock. She hopes that once the croft has established a closed herd and flock system that she can continue with her certification process for Demeter standard biodynamic organic BDAA.
● Made in Ullapool This is a social enterprise supporting vulnerable people in a work environment. The enterprise strives to create meaningful work and training opportunities for people with additional learning and physical needs within their local community. If you are in Ullapool, have a browse in their new shop in Mill Street (opposite Ullapool Health Centre). Opening hours 10am-5pm, Mon - Sat. Other attractions at the market Great free kids play area, suitable for all ages, with giant connect four game, table tennis, soft archery game, wigwam wendy house and so much more.
There will be regular cookery demonstrations by Laura. She moved to the highlands from her native Italy 5 years ago. Who better to teach you how to make your own pasta, its so easy and fun to make.
We have a café area both in the main shopping hall and in the kids room. Have a lovely cup of tea or percolated coffee, even treat yourself to an indulgent mug of Belgian hot chocolate. There are plenty of cakes to choose from if you want a light bite. Or have lunch and enjoy my homemade soup served with homemade bread, or a toasted sandwich, again using our homemade bread with a tasty hot filling.