‘Wha’ll buy frae me!’
The markets have left their mark in many of the names you can still see in the Old Town, in places such as Fishmarket and Fleshmarket Close. In the Grassmarket cattle were bought and sold, with fruit and vegetable stalls associated with the area around the Tron Kirk.
The High Street would also have resounded with the distinctive cries of street sellers, advertising everything from ‘wall-cresses an’ purpey’, to ‘green-kail and leeks, come buy in heaps’. The cries of the Newhaven fishwives, were immortalised in the folk song ‘Caller Herrin’: ‘Wha'll buy my caller herrin, They're bonnie fish and halesome farin’.
Today the award-winning Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place on Castle Terrace under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The market offers a huge variety of fresh local produce from over 50 specialist producers, and takes place every Saturday 9am – 2pm.
To find out more visit www.edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk