Ex­cess fruit and veg stall hopes to open city shop

Al­lot­ments: Group wants to be­come Aberdeen’ s only ded­i­cated green­gro­cer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

Vol­un­teers who sell ex­cess fruit and veg­eta­bles grown lo­cally have re­vealed plans to open Aberdeen’s only ded­i­cated green­gro­cer.

The Al­lot­ment Mar­ket Stall team takes pro­duce from the city’s 24 al­lot­ments that gar­den­ers do not need and sells it on at monthly events in Seaton and Duthie parks.

The group then uses the cash to help main­tain the plots of cul­ti­vated land and cover their costs.

Now the team of 19 wants to open a shop to sell fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles all year round, po­ten­tially in Rose­mount.

Cath Pil­ley, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the project, said the busi­ness would en­cour­age more peo­ple to

“They don’t need all the pro­duce, so they give us the rest”

shop lo­cally and cut down on plas­tic pack­ag­ing used by super­mar­kets.

If the idea comes to­gether, Ms Pil­ley said it would be the only ded­i­cated green­gro­cer in Aberdeen.

She said: “Our orig­i­nal idea came about to try and re­duce waste on al­lot­ment sites.

“We col­lect all ex­cess pro­duce dur­ing the sea­son and sell it in stalls in Seaton and Duthie Parks, and the prof­its are shared be­tween our­selves to run the stalls, and the al­lot­ment sites so they can im­prove the quan­tity and qual­ity of their pro­duce.

“There are a lot of gar­den­ers in Aberdeen, but for a lot of them they don’t need all the pro­duce they grow, so they give us the rest.

“But we need to be more self-sus­tain­able, as grants and fund­ing be­come harder and harder to se­cure, so we got to­gether to think about a way to move for­ward and keep the stalls go­ing, and came upon the idea of a com­mu­nity green­gro­cer. There isn’t a ded­i­cated green­gro­cer in Aberdeen at the mo­ment and there hasn’t been for quite some years – and we think that’s a ter­ri­ble shame, be­cause peo­ple’s ac­cess to lo­cal grown fruit and veg is lim­ited, so we wanted to do some­thing about that.”

She said the group was con­sid­er­ing Rose­mount as it al­ready has in­de­pen­dent food shops, but stressed all lo­ca­tions would be con­sid­ered.

“Right now we’re con­sult­ing with the com­mu­nity, and so far the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive – a lot of peo­ple say they would use it,” she added.

FOR SALE: The Al­lot­ment Mar­ket Stall team sell­ing pro­duce in Seaton Park. The group is now hop­ing to open a shop in Aberdeen

Fresh fruit and veg is sold dur­ing the sea­son

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