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  • Scottish Wool Producers Showcase – Perth – 2nd April 2022

    We are delighted to be taking part in this Showcase on the 2nd April and showing the beautiful produce from our Croft where we built Nortower Lodges.

    Our sheep graze peacefully around our Lodges and may even want to talk to you if you have the odd Rich Tea biscuit!  Be warned, if you start feeding them, they will monitor your every move!

  • Tilly

     

    Once apon a time…

    Tilly arrived in one of our fields one day and even though we tried hard to find her owner, we couldn’t.  So, as she was so peerie (tiny), we took her inside and fed her along with the other lambs and she became a favourite in the byre.  Then one day we found her owner – we were very sad that she would have to leave – so we offered to buy her and we did!  So, Tilly really does belong to us now and lives happily after!

    Once she is sheared in June, her fleece will go along with all the others to make up these beautiful, natural, Lambswool colours of Aister ‘oo’.

  • Shetland Kale Seed from the Croft at Aister


    We now sell our very own Shetland Kale Seed online (and in the Farm Shop).  Pop along and add a packet to your basket!



  • Gift Cards

    As we are nearing the tenancy change of our Cafe – could we remind anybody who would like to use up their vouchers and coffee loyalty cards, in the cafe, to please use them before the 31st October 2021.

    Gift Cards can still be used in the Farm Shop after this date.

  • Covid-19…

    Due to the Pandemic, we are not taking bookings for Holsas Lodge at present. We hope that we can accept bookings later in 2021 but for now, we wait and hope that the future improves so that it is safe to travel.

    Stay safe everyone.

  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe – Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

    Our opening times over the Festive are as follows:

    Christmas Eve – 8.30am to 5.30pm
    Christmas Day until 28th December inclusive – Closed
    29th to 31st December – 8.30am to 5.30pm

    New Years Day to 4th January – Closed
    5th January onwards – open normal hours.

    Thank you for your custom over 2020 and have a lovely Christmas & New Year!

  • Aister ‘oo’ – now on sale online and in store…

    Our beautiful soft and strong yarns are now available to buy in Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and also online from www.mackenziesfarmshop.co.uk
    Two natural shades and 4 dyed colours compliment each other and are really beautiful. Full credit to the Sheep – we love ewe!

  • 2 Star Award!

    Delighted to have been awarded a 2 Star Award from the prestigious Guild of Fine Food Awards 2020 for our Spiced Tomato & Pepper Relish! Made in our Farm Shop kitchen by Donella (Kenneth’s sister) it is truly delicious – WELL DONE DONELLA!

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  • Aister ‘oo’

    Coming Soon….

    Our very own brand of wool from our Croft!

    Check out the shop on our Aister ‘oo’ Facebook page in the next week or so for more details!

  • Saturday Nights at Mackenzie’s is Supper Night!

    Every Saturday night we are doing hot food to takeaway!

    From 4.30pm to 7pm our delicious menu includes a fish dish, a meat dish and a vegetarian dish. Do check out the menu on our Facebook page.

    Ooh, did we mention desserts? Yes, we’ve those too… and cakes to die for! There’s delicious and unusual soft drinks and our coffee machine is definitely switched on 🙂

    Here’s the important part…
    Please phone ahead to place your order (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday is good) as we get booked up very quickly – 01950 477 790
    We give everyone a 5 minute slot and this minimises a lot of people being in the Farm Shop at once.
    Or we can pop your order in your car for you – the ultimate Shetland drive-through!

    Hope to see you along!

  • Jam, Chutney, Marmalade & Relish – Online

    Our delicious range of 11 homemade jams, chutney, marmalade & relish are now available to buy online!

    Hurry along to our online shop on our website and place your order!
    We post orders out by Royal Mail 2nd class to anywhere in the UK.
    Other areas by discussion!
    Why not add in a ceramic pony or otter to your order too?

  • All Over Fair Isle Knitwear

    These beautiful ladies gloves and souvenir jumpers were made by my Mam, Mona Halcrow. She has been knitting since a small girl – taught by her Mother, Sister and the women in her family.
    Mam is now 83 years young and still has a keen eye to blend the beautiful colours together.

  • Shetland Souvenirs

    We have a beautiful range of peerie ceramic ponies, otters, croft houses, puffins & orchids available to buy in the Farm Shop or from our online Facebook Shop.
    We can post them to you too!
    Please get in touch if you would like further information.

  • BBC Radio Shetland

    There are times in you life you are so nervous you can’t remember your name! Here’s a fine example!

    BBC Radio Shetland’s Daniel Bennett interviews Hazel using social distancing measures about life at the Farm Shop & Cafe, Croft & Nortower Lodges during the Coronovirus lockdown.

    Hear the interview by pasting this link in your browser.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jvw3

  • Planting Crops

    That’s our Tatties, Shetland Kale, Carrots & Cabbage all in the ground! Happy Crofters!

  • Shetland Kale

    Have you heard about Shetland Kale?

    It’s a type of cabbage that’s native to Shetland – we’ve grown it for 100’s of years!
    It’s a super food for our year old sheep that are in the byre all winter or maybe a ewe or ram that are outside that needs a boost.

    It’s also a great addition for our traditional Reestit Mutton soup which is made of older sheep’s meat. The meat is placed in a salt brine for 2-3 weeks, then it’s hung up and dried (preferably over a peat fire to let the smoke flavour it), sliced and boiled with tatties, neeps and carrots. Delicious!

  • Guild of Fine Food Award 2019

    We are over the moon for our Beetroot Chutney to have won an award in the Guild of Fine Food Awards! Made by Donella (Kenneth’s sister – a real Mackenzie too) our chutney, relish, marmalades and jams are absolutely delicious! Available to order online – they are a perfect gift or treat for yourself.

  • The Prince’s Countryside Award

    Photo: Hazel Mackenzie receives her award and Marks and Spencer’s Gift Token from The Prince’s Countryside Award Fund Director – Claire Saunders.

  • The Prince’s Countryside Fund/M & S Farm Resilience Award – Regional Winner for Scotland 2019

    We are thrilled to win this award at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh! What a great day out and to come home with an award is just amazing!

  • We are now on Instagram!

    nortowerlodges is our username on our newly created Instagram account!  Why not follow us for our latest updates?