Chapelton Farmers’ Market: Meet the local businesses

Delicious food, live singers and lots of amazing local businesses – what better way to fill your weekend!

The Chapelton Farmers’ Market is fast approaching and we want to showcase some of the wonderful local businesses that will be joining us on Sunday, 24 July. From natural pet products to award-winning hot sauce there is sure to be something for everyone.

Stinky Beasties

Can you tell us a bit about your local business and how you got started?

“My business is Stinky Beasties: Nature’s Pet Products which focuses on making handmade natural, vegan-friendly pet grooming and care products. 

“I got started because of my own dog, Odin, who likes to roll in EVERYTHING! With having to wash him several times a week, the dog shampoo I was using was beginning to destroy his skin and coat, no matter what shampoo I used – nothing seemed to be getting rid of the horrible fox poop smell.

“After a lot of time, research and trial and error, I finally developed a charcoal shampoo made out of activated charcoal that helps to absorb bacteria and unwanted smells. This finally meant that no matter how often I wash him, he now always smells, looks and feels amazing.”

Have you been a part of the Chapelton Farmers’ Market before and what made you decide to sign-up?

“I’ve been taking part in the Chapelton Farmers’ Market since the end of last year – it is definitely one of my favourites. I decided to sign up because it was always a good market to visit as a customer, it has a loyal customer base and of course lots of dogs.”

What will you be selling at the market?

“We have a wide range of products including shampoo bars – perfect for removing any nasty odours. Our tasty pasty toothpaste is great for freshening the breath and removing plaque. It’s also ideal for dogs who don’t like having their teeth brushed as the toothpaste works as soon as it enters the mouth, therefore can be placed on chew toys. 

“Additionally, we have nose balms, for added protection against the heat and paw balms which have a natural antihistamine in them. We have lots more products such as dry shampoos and more, all of which will be available at the market.”

Singularity Sauce

Can you tell us a bit about your local business and how you got started?

“Now in its 3rd year, Singularity Sauce Co. was established to bring modern and flavourful hot sauces from the North East of Scotland to the world. Our country produces some of the best food and drink in the world and our ambition has always been to have the North East of Scotland well represented as a producer of great hot sauce. 

“Choosing to ignore those who matter-of-factly stated that there was no market for it, we pushed on regardless. We now boast a two star great taste award, a top 10 finish in California for ‘the world’s best fruit based hot sauce’ and with two sauces in this year’s national top 100 list, we currently hold the award for best ‘calienté’ hot sauce in the UK. 

“Our national press exposure continues to put the region on the map and we recently smashed our crowdfunder in only 12 days. We’re also currently working on our new sauce lab as we speak.”

Have you been a part of the Chapelton Farmers’ Market before and what made you decide to sign-up?

“We’ve been turning up to Chapelton since 2019. It’s the market we’ve attended longer than any other, and with good reason. The people of Chapelton and round about, always turn up and are keen to have fun and see what’s new. There is a fantastic list of producers at the market with something for everyone. We have lots of friends at Chapelton and look forward to the next market.”

What will you be selling at the market?

“Our range of small batch hot sauces are well known to the Chapelton crowd. This July, they will get to try and test our collection of prototypes. An opportunity to snag all 5 of our new HET SASS range in their prototype states, ahead of a formal launch later this summer. We’ll also bring a couple of BBQ sauces to the party because it’s July and everything is better in July with a great BBQ sauce.”

Barra Blades 

Can you tell us a bit about your local business and how you got started?

“I run Barras Blades which is a professional sharpening service based locally out of Inverbervie. 

“I grew up on the Isle of Cumbrae where I first learnt to sharpen using oil stones from my father who was a trained shop fitter. Through joining the merchant navy and spending many years working on a variety of ships and companies, I learned to fix and maintain just about anything. 

“One of the catalysts to starting Barra Blades was when my wife, Helen decided to treat herself to some lovely new kitchen knives. To help keep her knives in top condition I invested in a Tormek sharpening system which led to me becoming the designated sharpener for friends, neighbours and family.

“After the oil crash and Covid-19, I found myself unemployed with lots of time on my hands and decided that it was time to make sharpening knives into a business, and launched Barra Blades. 

“As the company grew, customers began to ask if I could sharpen other items such as clippers and hairdressing scissors, so I began searching and pricing relevant machinery. After spending the day with another professional sharpener, I decided that I liked what I saw and acquired a bank loan to help fund new machinery and training.”

Have you been a part of the Chapelton Farmers’ Market before and what made you decide to sign-up?

“Yes, we have been at the farmer’s market twice before and we signed up after being told about it by Bannerman Butchers who are also a regular feature at the market.” 

What will you be selling at the market?

“We will not be selling a specific product since we are a sharpening service, however, we will be available to sharpen your kitchen knives, scissors etc.”

“Outside of the farmers’ market, we also appear once a month at ‘The Boxes at Chapelton’ where we run a pop-up sharpening event for other items such as garden tools. We view it as a business and public service as it is much better to get us to sharpen your knives than buy brand new ones.”

Seafood Bothy

Can you tell us a bit about your local business and how you got started?

“We are a local family business with a commercial fishing boat. The catch comes directly to the Seafood Bothy to be made into unique seafood takeaway dishes. We are located on Stonehaven pier on the harbour in an old horsebox which has been converted and also have a second bothy which we take on the road. 

“You cannot get much more fresh, as we really are from sea to table and take pride in sustainable fishing and delicious seafood!”

Have you been a part of the Chapelton Farmers’ Market before and what made you decide to sign-up?

“This will be our first time at Chapelton Farmers’ Market, we love the concept of it and have attended as visitors before.”

What will you be selling at the market?

“We have a range of tasty seafood options to choose from including lobster burritos, crab wraps, lobster and crab pies, cullen skin pies, crab quesadillas, mackerel pate and seafood platters – a true seafood lovers dream.”

Cookie Cult

Can you tell us a bit about your local business and how you got started?

“I started Cookie Cult in December 2020 as an online bakery after getting made redundant from my job in oil and gas.

“I had been put on furlough and to keep myself busy I started making cookies and dropping them off to my friends and family to cheer them up. They started sharing photos of the cookies on social media and before I knew it, I had people messaging me directly to buy some.

“I’ve always loved baking, my first ever job was in a bakery so when I got made redundant it felt like the right path to go down. Initially, I worked from my small flat and from the offset I was baking hundreds of cookies a week so quickly outgrew my kitchen and had to relocate to larger premises. Now that life is going back to normal after covid I’m excited to take Cookie Cult to the next level.”

Have you been a part of the Chapelton Farmers’ Market before and what made you decide to sign-up?

“No, this will be our first ever time attending a Chapelton Farmers’ Market. Since this is one of our first ever markets we are slightly nervous but also very excited to attend. It looks like a great market with lots of amazing fellow local businesses!”

What will you be selling at the market?

“Thick NYC stuffed cookies and brookies.”

Keep an eye on social media as we announce more local businesses joining us this weekend!

Come along to take a closer look at these fantastic local businesses alongside a whole host of others at the Chapelton Farmers’ Market. For more information, see the details below:

Chapelton Farmers’ Market

Sunday 24th July 2022 11am- 2:30pm

Burgess Park, AB39 8AE


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