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One thing we take real pride in at Craigie's is ensuring that we work with small producers and suppliers who are largely based in Scotland and who have a similar ethos to us. This month, we speak to Angus of Mungoswells.
Mungoswells is situated in East Lothian. They malt some of their barley and wheat and mill their own wheat to make flour. Their products are made from crops grown, harvested, milled and packaged all within 5 miles, resulting in quality local produce with unrivaled traceability.
How does working with Craigie's help your company?
"Our flour fits well with Craigie's ethos in that it is locally produced, traceable back to the field where it grew and has travelled a minimal distance from field to customer. For some reason most of our existing customers in Edinburgh are central or on the east side of the city. We need a suitable outlet to the west and Craigie's Farm Shop is ideal. Additionally, as one of a group of small producers in East Lothian, we are trialling group buying with Craigie's allowing the producers to collaborate on delivery and invoicing
making the whole process much simpler for everyone."
What challenges do you face running your business?
" The biggest challenge is distribution. Getting the flour from the mill at Mungoswells to our customers, whether bakeries or households, at minimum cost and with minimum food mileage is challenging. Then of course, as all farmers would say, there's the weather!"
If you were at point of sale in Craigie's what would you say to potential customers?
" All the wheat we mill is grown on our farm at Mungoswells near Haddington. Once it has been harvested it is dried and stored on the farm until we need it then cleaned and milled to separate the bran (used for animal feed) from the flour. Crushed to a very fine powder this is ideal for bread making or for scones, cakes or biscuits. Only the bran is removed and only the baking powder needed to make self-raising flour is added. Our flour can be distinguished by the tiny specks of bran left in the flour to give it its flavor and this is the healthiest part."
Are you able to sum up your business/products in a few words?!
" It's very special for a farmer to be able to grow a crop, process it and present it to the consumer knowing that we have done it all here on the farm. It's even better when we get complimented on our efforts!"
Our fantastic farm shop features the best of Scotland's Larder. Pick up gifts, farm toys, books and cards too!
Our cafe serves breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and plenty of delicious home bakes using as much local produce as possible.
Visit our animals, play on the swings, take a tractor and trailer ride, become a nature detective and pick your own fruit!
Pigs, piglets, chickens, horses, sheep, pygmy goats, we've plenty of animals for you to meet!
Why not pick something up for tea from our award winning butchery. High quality fresh meat from local suppliers.
Pick Your Own at Craigie's is big business! Families come back year after year to enjoy the fruits of our labour.