We are Farm Ness. A gate to plate experience on our farm which runs from the banks of Loch Ness to the Inverness City boundary. We have a small farm shop and takeaway hot food van selling our own produce.
Donald's family, the Frasers, have been here farming the land since the 1930s and today the farm is run by Donald, his dad Donald and his mum Mary. Donald, and his partner Joanna, established Farm Ness in 2020.
We farm 3000 acres, with 250 acres of malting barley. A herd of 200 cows, 800 sheep, 2 woolly pigs, 2 Highland cows, 5 pygmy goats, a gaggle of geese, a wee flock of hens and 2 British Black Bee hives.
In the last few years, regenerative farming has been at the heart of all we do and in recent years we have introduced more wild flowers, ponds, hedgerows and trees. This is a collaborative project with our neighbouring farms in Scotland's first ever 'Environmental Cluster'.
In 2021, we had the exciting opportunity of having the BBC's 'This Farming Life' follow us as we tried to setup our new found business. Head over to iPlayer where you can watch all of the drama unfold in series 5.
AS SEEN ON TV
BBC 'THIS FARMING LIFE'
Being on BBC 2's 'This Farming Life' was a truly magical experience for us. The camera crew became our friends and it was a real buzz having them find our every day life interesting.
Donald's favourite moment being filmed was when Steven filmed him in the shop loading the freezers with meat when in the background there were joiners banging, a sparky at work and Kevin from Inverness Coffee Roasting giving coffee demos... there was definitely a lot going on!
For Joanna, her favourite time during filming was the early hours of the morning in the lambing shed. When you watch her alone in the shed, she was actually there with the all girl TV crew and the 'executive decisions' being made were more of a group call.
FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE
Everything we do oozes 'local'.
Purchase our Loch Ness Grass-fed meats in our wee shop.
We hope to soon be running a delivery service where you can buy our meat online.
Until then, drop in and see us, pick up a veg box either from the local community or buy some of the organic veg we grew ourselves in our market garden.
If we didn't grow it, we sourced it locally. Sourcing stuff locally keeps the money in the local economy, provides jobs and improves services here. So whether you live here or are visiting... keep it local!