Fruits of the toon

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Freshly-squeezed ap­ple juice was the or­der of the day at Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket on Satur­day as lo­cals took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to turn their sur­plus sea­sonal fruit into tasty juice.

The stall, which was or­gan­ised by Kay Seal from the town’s Cli­mate Cafe, boasted an ap­ple press run by An­drew Lear, the Ap­ple Tree Man, from Bank­foot.

Through­out the day, an es­ti­mated 400 litres of ap­ple juice was pressed by vol­un­teers from ap­ples do­nated by lo­cals, many of whom were de­lighted to take their juice home with them.

Thank­ing ev­ery­one for their support, Kay said: “A huge thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the ap­ple press­ing at the com­mu­nity mar­ket, to ev­ery­one who sent or brought ap­ples from their trees, to all who had a go at press­ing and sam­pling the juice and es­pe­cially to An­drew Lear, Vivi­enne and Ana from the coun­cil’s waste aware­ness team, and Bob White­ford for all his help on the day.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the do­na­tions, which to­talled £84.25 and which will be used for a fu­ture ap­ple-re­lated lo­cal project.”

There was a good turnout at this month’s mar­ket on the Wellmeadow, which was the last one of 2017 in Blair­gowrie.

Or­gan­is­ers at­tracted a num­ber of stall­hold­ers to the pop­u­lar event, in­clud­ing The Wright Root, a mar­ket gar­dener from Rat­tray.

John Hep­burn-Wright from the Wright Root said: “This was our sec­ond time at Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket. Last month’s was ex­cel­lent, for the size of the place it was bril­liant, and this month we have had lots of re­peat cus­tomers - peo­ple are com­ing back to look for us which is great.

“It is a great mar­ket for us as we just live in Rat­tray and we think it is im­por­tant to support the lo­cal mar­ket.”

The com­mu­nity mar­ket is or­gan­ised by the 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.

Or­gan­is­ers say re­search shows that mar­kets help bring life into towns, aid­ing re­gen­er­a­tion, and en­cour­age so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, par­tic­u­larly be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

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.

Sue Cole from the Strath­more and the Glens Ru­ral Part­ner­ship was pleased with the 2017 sea­son.

She said: “The last mar­ket of the sea­son was pretty busy and had a great at­mos­phere.

“We had visi­tors from as far away as Aberdeen and Ed­in­burgh and even some from over­seas.

“This year we have had a num­ber of new stall­hold­ers to try to bring more va­ri­ety to the mar­ket which I think has worked well, it is al­ways great to try and support lo­cal shops, pro­duc­ers and craft­work­ers.

“We would like to thank the Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray March­ing Band who have played at ev­ery mar­ket this year, which has been lovely, as well as all the stall hold­ers, vol­un­teers and cus­tomers for their support.”

Busy day

Creative Up­cy­cler Jenni De­vaney (left) and Tra­cie Dick from Tarten Ted who were part of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Blair­gowrie Craft­work­ers stall

The Wright stuff John Hep­burn-Wright and Anita Bar­rie from Rat­tray-based mar­ket gar­den The Wright Root

Bloom­ing marvel­lous Lorna Cun­ning­ham of Blair­gowrie-based Flour­ish Plants

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