Fertile ground for market

Haddington Farmers' Market
Haddington Farmers' Market

Ruminations over the idea of an Arbroath Farmer’s Market may not loiter in the passages of Facebook after the call for a volunteer was answered.

Speculation about the possibility of starting a fresh produce market in Arbroath was met by local Kevin Smith.

Mr Smith has vast experience dealing with various associations throughout the town and was involved in the Fish and Farmer’s Market in 2007.

The seed of hope was planted after reading about the idea in the Arbroath Herald.

“I saw the article and thought, why not? I have the experience and the contacts to start the ball rolling.”

Concerns over road closures and other red tape was thrown up as a possible reason why a market may not be possible however Mr Smith is confident that with a lot of the ground work already laid for similar ventures in the past, it is certainly plausible.

“I need to consult with possible vendors, Angus Council and various other parties but I don’t see why it can’t go ahead,” he encouraged.

Holding a Fish and Famer’s Market on a site such as Beacon Green, next to the Signal Tower Museum would allow plenty of space for vendors and visitors while also alleviating concern from local business’ around customers being unable to access shops, if stalls were to be put up on the High Street.

“I’m looking for feedback and volunteers to begin with. It is really all about getting enough support, with a view to setting up a committee.

Estimated predictions for stall costs would be £30-£40 to cover set-up costs such as licensing.

“The hard work is getting 20 to 30 people interested in selling at the market.”