Day in the Life: We chat to Bowhouse food events manager Rosie Jack about her working day

Rosie Jack and RhuRosie Jack and Rhu
Rosie Jack and Rhu

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We find out what an events manager and her dog get up to from dawn until dusk


I like to wake up early and have a cup of tea while my black labrador, Rhu, does her morning stretches. I cannot leave the house without breakfast, it’s a must. We like a brisk walk over the stubble fields near to my cottage with Rhu bounding around before heading into work.


Jess Rose Young doughnutsJess Rose Young doughnuts
Jess Rose Young doughnuts

I am normally on the move throughout the day, so need practical and warm clothing as I have been known to drive a forklift when setting up for a market weekend. As we can’t host those at the moment, I spend a lot of time working on Bowhouse Link, our weekly online market. I’ll chat with traders about stock and deliveries, and there’s lots of local businesses involved, so there’s a real community feel. It’s so rewarding being able to connect people with a love of great seasonal food.


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I am a creature of habit so 12 is always lunchtime and, when it’s open, I’ll wander to Jess Rose Young’s pop-up café at Bowhouse. Seriously tempting focaccia sandwiches or hearty soups like carrot and turmeric make deciding pretty difficult. If I feel like I deserve it, which is most days, I will also pick up one of Jess’s famous doughnuts, then eat it on my walk around the fields with Rhu. We might also make a visit to her best mate Nessa – the East Neuk Market Garden's four-legged mascot.


Four-legged besties, Rhu and NessaFour-legged besties, Rhu and Nessa
Four-legged besties, Rhu and Nessa

In the afternoons I might have Zoom meetings scheduled. Otherwise I’ll be on social media or update our website. I really enjoy photography so I might spend some time, if the light is right, taking images of what East Neuk Market Garden have growing in their polytunnels or see what specials our Butchery at Bowhouse butcher, Sophie, has on the meat counter, then share some snaps online.


Arriving back at the cottage, I might do a few more emails before I try and switch off for the evening. Log burner on, feet up, chill.

Rosie Jack is the Markets and Events Manager at Bowhouse, a food collective at the Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife. You’ll also find them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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