The award winning Morton of Pitmilly self catering business near St Andrews is working hard to promote locally produced food.

Owner John Parker, who is also the chair of the Fife Tourism Partnership, said that he is really keen to achieve a better food experience for self catering visitors.

John directs his visitors to freshly caught lobsters and crabs from nearby Crail harbour, and has invested in large pots and all the “cracker tools” needed to cook and prepare the shellfish.

In addition a local butcher supplies steak, chops and sausages which can be cooked on large hired BBQ’s. Fife-made shortbread, oatcakes and muesli and ice cream are also on sale.

“Informally we have been giving produce such as garden vegetables, tomatoes and peppers to our guests, and we are able to show them round our polytunnels.

“This year we are looking at selling to order pots of freshly dug potatoes and salad pots containing lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and anything else we find on the day.

“We have cleared an area in our courtyard garden for a herb garden and we are going to grow large pots of herbs containing flat leaved parsley, mint, thyme, oregano, sage, coriander, rosemary, lemon grass, tarragon, basil etc.

“They will be refreshed throughout the summer and autumn, and the smell alone will be worth it”

John said there are around fifty hens and visitors can buy eggs, sometimes collecting their own from the nest boxes.

They can also purchase jams made from surplus fruit and jelly grown on the site’s new woodland area of rowan, hawthorn and crab apple, and 2011 saw the planting of an orchard.

Morton of Pitmilly (http://www.pitmilly.co.uk) is a group of luxury self catering holiday cottages at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews.

Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, a fully equipped gym, games room, putting green, golf practice and football areas, and a two mile long nature / jogging trail.

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