Support Your Local Dairy Farmers: Direct & Independent Suppliers

As an International organisation, Slow Food has long been campaigning for the rights of small-scale dairy producers who produce traditional and raw milk cheese and dairy products throughout the world. 

Slow Food has a specific international project dedicated to this cause, Slow Cheese, an on-going global campaign in defence of Raw Milk launched in 2001, and is soon to host the 10th edition of its' free bi-annual festival Cheese in Bra, Italy on 18-21st September 2015. 

In light of the recent protests by milk producers who have been forced into financial crisis from the growing price cuts made on milk by their UK supermarket suppliers, Slow Food has released a statement against the current cuts on the price of milk per litre:

For many farmers, cuts to prices mean their job no longer makes economic sense; however, their desire to continue is clear for all to see. Dairy farms, both in the UK and across Europe, are part of the rural economy, part of agricultural heritage and part of the landscape. If the industry is destroyed, the shape of our countryside will be changed forever. Here at Slow Food we will follow developments and keep you informed, but for now, be sure to check where your next pint of milk comes from…      Sour Milk: Further Price Cuts for Dairy Farmers 

As a voluntary Convivia we are dedicated to supporting the local small-scale dairy farmers and want to encourage and support you in buying local dairy produce whether supplied direct or through a recognised Independent retailer. At present we felt it important to inform those who may not be aware that we are fortunate in this part of Scotland to still have a number of independent dairies which can directly supply Edinburgh and surrounding areas, these include:

Bonaly Farm

  • About: They provide largely their own or locally sourced dairy products (organic/non-organic) and deliver them on a daily basis to a variety of domestic and commercial industries.
  • Address: Bonaly Farm Dairy, 8 Dryden Road, Loanhead, Midlothian, EH20 9LZ
  • Telephone: 0131 440 0110

Clyde Valley Organics

  • About: A family run, organic dairy farm in the Clyde Valley that supplies their own milk both wholesale and direct to the public. 
  • Address: Clyde Organics, Muirhouse Farm, Carnwath, Lanarkshire, ML11 8RX
  • Telephone: 01555 840271

Yester Farm

  • About: Another family dairy selling direct to the public (delivery available) of their high quality non-organic milk and cream direct from their Yester Mains farm just outside East Lothian, 25 miles from Edinburgh. 
  • Address: Yester Mains Farm, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4JG
  • Telephone: 01620 810 998

[If your dairy farm should be included here, please email: info@slowfoodedinburgh.com]

The following independent retail outlets in Edinburgh are just a few of those which supply milk from at least one of the above dairies:

In addition, doorstep deliveries are available from Bonaly Farm and Yester Farm.

We will continue adding more information to this blog on the dairy industry in the Edinburgh area in the coming months.