Farm Shop Survey – Pillars of Hercules

 Continuing my Farm Shop Survey I thought I would mosey along to the highly recommended Pillars of Hercules, set in Falkland, Cupar. 

Pillars of Hercules Cafe

 
The Pillars of Hercules started as an organic farm in 1983 by Bruce Bennett, and the site has grown to just over 6 hectares (about 12 football pitches/fields) to include a cafe, camping sites and of course lots of organic fruit, vegetables, free range chickens for eggs and turkeys for Christmas dinner. 
 

Farm Shop Sign for Pillars of Hercules

The cafe and farm shop very much embrace the whole organic “thang” and as someone who maybe spent a leetle too much time in knee-high moccasins and gauzy skirts in her youth, the distinct “hippies welcome here” smell of dried legumes and patchouli hit me rather hard.  That said, this was obviously a location much embraced and frequented by locals, equally represented by those who were rather fuzzy of face and those who arrived in jaguars and Barbour coats. 

The menu in the cafe boasts the bumper crops of the farm with lots of soups, bread and home baking.  According to their website there is also a periodic evening  “restaurant” event that includes  jazz music with a four course meal – yum.

Set amongst beautiful countryside with a selection of walks.
The farm has a strong community outreach program that welcomes visitors, organisations and schools to tour the farm and learn more about the mission and techniques employed in organic farming.  They also have a vegetable box delivery program if you wish to enjoy the produce on a weekly basis, and additionally supply to other area shops and restaurants.
 
Bothy for Hire
 
The area surrounding the farm is rich in historical and outdoor recreation sites.  You can even hire/rent this bothy (just a short jaunt from the cafe) for a week to sample some of the fantastic surrounding areas.    A nice day out and a just reward for climbing the Lomond Hills or touring Falkland Palace.  http://www.pillars.co.uk/index.htm.

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  1. kasey says:

    So beautiful and serene, Jean! I want to go! Reminds me of the new cafe that opened in the old building of a local CSA here in New Hampshire (US that is!) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hilltop-Café/203054349705189 Have you read the book The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball? I loved it and wrote a blog about it -http://kaseymathews.com/blog/2011/5/10/getting-dirty.html . Think you’d totally dig the book and the author’s life choices! Be well, girl!

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