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How Do You Like 'Em?


How do you like ‘em? Lately, we’ve been stewing our apples for crumbles and eating the cherry tomatoes like sweets. Soon though, it’ll be time to enjoy only what’s been stored in the freezer, jars or shed. For us, this will mostly be tatties, peas, onions, strawberry jam and beetroot. We’ll feast as the nights draw in and give thanks for our harvest, as the summer drifts into memory…

🌱 🌊🍂   Dig deeper at soilandsurf.com | Image by @twinsfisch

Salt Of The Earth, Soul Of The Sea...


You can take the fisherman out of the sea, but you can’t take the sea out of the fisherman. Our creative captain has been back on the water these last couple of weeks, fishing of Pittenweem and providing holiday cover for the skipper of a creel boat. And this is exactly why we launched Soil and Surf.

An East Neuk-based fisherman for 30 years, experienced seafood specialist, and Pittenweem In Bloom award-winning gardener and maker, Jim Knox is a local man whose entire life has been shaped by Soil and Surf.

For decades, he has moved back and forth between the two elements: deep sea fishing, running a successful gardening business, skippering creel boats, and specialising in hand-prepared shellfish. Now, his work is anchored to the best of both worlds...

…salt of the earth, soul of the sea.

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Image by Duke Photography

A Reason For Every Season...


Recently, the Harbourlea Retirement Community in Anstruther tasked us with tidying up their outdoor space and we’ve just completed the first section of this worthwhile project - see top left. Our other highlights around the East Neuk this summer include creating the world’s tiniest garden. And the world’s longest table. And digging up soil 
on the edge of the surf...because in a place like that, we are literally in our element/s. And, as the wheel of seasons begins to turn, there’s plenty more to be done. Autumn will soon work its magic and we’ll be ready with the leaf blower…

Praise From Pittenweem Properties...


'We’re incredibly impressed with the excellent work Soil and Surf have carried out at a number of our rental properties to make sure gardens are the perfect place to relax. As well as all things garden related, they know a thing or two about seafood too! If you’re staying in any of our self catering properties, why not let them give you a demonstration before you tuck into some of the freshest seafood you can get?!' 🌿🐟🦐🦂🌱'

- Pittenweem Properties (client)

Soil And Surf - A Pop-Up Showcase...





Last weekend, friends of Soil and Surf joined us in our driftwood garden for a celebration of hills and harbours, mountains and mermaids, wildlife and waves. Profits of £470 were raised for the people who help keep us safe in our favourite wild places - ocean deep, mountain high - Anstruther Lifeboat Shop and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. Thank you to everyone who joined us and to supporters for digging deep and donating! And now, here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes…

Gamekeeper's Gallery
As Seen On TV! We journeyed into the wild with our special guest, Peter Mckinney, highland gamekeeper-turned-photographer. You may even remember him from documentary, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It. Amidst the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park and beyond - with its abundance of wildlife and epic mountain scenery - he always gets the perfect shot. Meanwhile, his wife, Kate poured the perfect shots at our alfresco bar...


Mermaid Cafe
12-2pm
Served in waves, guests experienced the taste of ’soil and surf’…special thanks to Pittenweem Hub for supplying our 'Hills and Harbour' gin, our friends in the highlands for the wild venison and to local fisherman, Nick, for the lobster. Also, pizza was created in our Ooni 3 wood-fired oven from Ooni and you can find a recipe for the base at https://bit.ly/33c4Foh

Gardener's Gallery
Elsewhere in our driftwood garden, we invited guests to experience creative gardening | coastal living. Jim showcased the fruits of his labour: a coast-inspired garden featuring beachcombed treasures and Pittenweem In Bloom award-winning driftwood sculpture, community allotment and handmade furniture crafted for #outdoorliving by the sea.

And Not-So-Hidden-Treasures...
2pm - 4pm
Our magical mermaids offered messages and massagesthe mermaid oracle card readings soothed minds while our trailed therapist Stephanie, soothed hardworking hands.

THANK YOU again for joining us where the mountains met the sea - for one day only - and experiencing the simple pleasures of a Soil and Surf lifestyle.








Build A Longer Table...


‘When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.’
We’re not sure who said it first but what a bonnie sentiment. Have a great week!

Image by Duke Photography

Sharing Our Seafood Secrets...






Thank you to Anstruther Harbour Festival for organising another beautiful event in sunny Anstruther! Would you like to discover the secrets of shellfish? You can book Jim - our creative captain at Soil and Surf - for public or even pre-dinner demo lessons in your own home.