Ap­ple press­ing will fea­ture at Wellmeadow

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket re­turns to the Wellmeadow this Satur­day for the last mar­ket of the sea­son.

As usual, or­gan­is­ers have at­tracted a num­ber of stall­hold­ers to the pop­u­lar event, which takes place from 10am un­til 3pm in the Wellmeadow.

Stalls at this month’s mar­ket in­clude The Wright Root, a mar­ket gar­dener from Rat­tray.

Many reg­u­lar stall­hold­ers are also re­turn­ing to the monthly mar­ket, in­clud­ing Flour­ish Plants, Deli Jax, butcher Ann David­son, Ali­son’s Kitchen with a range of gluten-free food, Al­lan’s Chilli Prod­ucts, the Acorn with its sugar-free sweets, Tuff Duck De­signs, pot­ter Mar­ion Hus­band, and Mys­te­ri­ous Worlds jew­ellery.

Mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Blair­gowrie Craft­work­ers will also be at the mar­ket.

New for this month are White Rose Con­fec­tionery, Hear­ing at Home, and Trin­ket Belles with hand­made jew­ellery.

Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will be at the in­for­ma­tion point to chat to peo­ple about is­sues in the town that af­fect them.

And there will be an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal res­i­dents with a sur­plus of ap­ples in their gar­dens to make juice from their pro­duce at the mar­ket as well.

Any­one who has more ap­ples than they can use is en­cour­aged to bring them along, along with an empty bot­tle or two, and press them.

For those who don’t wish to press their ap­ples but would still like to pass on their sur­plus pro­duce to oth­ers, vol­un­teers at the stall will be more than happy to re­dis­tribute any do­na­tions of fruit to the stall to who­ever can use them.

All va­ri­eties of ap­ple can be juiced, although or­gan­is­ers ask that the fruit is washed in ad­vance.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil will be at the mar­ket to dis­cuss how to min­imise waste with res­i­dents.

Vol­un­teers from Blair­gowrie and District Next Steps help put up the mar­ket stalls along with helpers from the com­mu­nity coun­cil and the SCYD events team.

The com­mu­nity mar­ket is or­gan­ised by Strath­more and the Glens Ru­ral Part­ner­ship and aims to con­trib­ute to the economic re­gen­er­a­tion of the area and pro­vide an out­let for small lo­cal pro­duc­ers and those start­ing out.

Vis­i­tors to the mar­ket are also en­cour­aged to spend time brows­ing the wide range of in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers in Blair­gowrie and en­joy lunch at one of the restau­rants and cof­fee shops that use lo­cal pro­duce.

Or­gan­is­ers said re­search shows that mar­kets help bring life into towns, aid­ing re­gen­er­a­tion, and en­cour­age so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, par­tic­u­larly be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties. Stall hire costs £35. For more de­tails contact Sue at Strath­more and the Glens on 01828 640763 or email sue@nscde­sign. com.

Pop­u­lar Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket in the Wellmeadow

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