Working Farm / Estate in East Neuk
The Anstruther family has been rooted in the East Neuk since the 12th Century, with Balcaskie becoming its home at the end of the 17th Century. The relationship between the estate and its surrounding community has always been important and remains so.
Balcaskie’s Toby Anstruther, who is passionate about food, was a founding director of the Fife Food Network and its “Food from Fife” initiative.
Today, under his control, the estate includes an active in-hand mixed use farm, houses, cottages and livery stables. Through its own in-hand farm and working with tenants and partners, the estate is a source of quality beef, breeding sheep, wheat, barley, rape seed oil, potatoes, farm vegetables, wild game and firewood.
Now Balcaskie Estate has been granted planning consent for the creation of a food hub and series of small production units at Bowhouse Farm, St Monans, specifically for producing local food and drink and helping to develop and sustain a really important industry in the East Neuk.
The Bowhouse development will also include a community growing space for use by local residents to grow their own food and, potentially, trade any surplus.
Balcaskie has a close relationship with its neighbour, the National Trust for Scotland’s Kellie Castle, and they work together to maintain and enhance the landscape and gardens at both locations.