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Perceval Square Market in Stornoway got off to a gale force start last Saturday, in spite of the torrential rain.

The highlight of the first LHHP market of the year was the Outer Hebrides Grand Marmalade Tasting Championship won by Iona 'Veggie Box' Ferguson.

A crowd gathered at 11am to witness the marmalade judging.

As the judge diligently took his time over the tasting and retasting, tensions rose in anticipation of the final result. The judge said it was a close call but "we think Iona’s petite jar was by far the runaway winner. Congratulations, Iona."

LHHP also says the first two months of the Food Co-ordinator's employment has proved to be highly successful.

Sarah Longbottom’s work has seen her run 12 horticultural workshops attended by more than 200 crofters and growers. Her efforts have put local food production firmly on the map.

Sarah said: “The feedback from participants has been tremendous. All were very positive, complimentary, grateful for the opportunity afforded by LHHP and for the knowledge and skills passed on.”

In April she is concentrating her efforts, to raise food production, on contacts/workshops on North & South Lochs, Harris and West Side where there is a demand for her services.

Any crofter or grower wishing to speak to Sarah can contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LHHP and other horticultural initiatives in Harris and Lewis can be found in the Hebrides Horticultural Calendar 2024.