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Forres Farmers Market fails to attract customers

By Tanya McLaren

THE Farmers Market which has been running in Forres for nearly three years is to take a break.

One of the stall holders at the Farmers Market where trade is dismal
One of the stall holders at the Farmers Market where trade is dismal

Carin Schwartz from Transition Town Forres confirmed that the market has been put on the back burner for the time being.

“Farmers’ markets will take a break for a while due to lack of customers,” she said. “We will reassess the situation in the spring.”

Market organiser, Anne Marie Skidamore, declined to comment, but it is believed that the decision was taken at the board meeting of Transition Town Forres in January. Mrs Skidamore has overall responsibility for erecting stalls for the monthly market, but has had to rely on the help of a dwindling group of volunteers to do so.

The Farmers Market received approximately £12,000 of funding through Transition Towns Forres, who were awarded £184,000 over three years, from Climate Challenge Government funding, to enable them to purchase market stands.

The farmers’ market started life at the community gardens in Bogton Road, and after securing planning consent, moved to the playground of Anderson’s Primary School, where it has been held successfully for the past two years.

The last market took place in December, and in the past the outfit has taken a break over the winter, before resuming around Easter. It is unclear whether this will happen again this year, due to the lack of trade and customers.

Did you use the Farmers Market? Would you like to see it reinstated? E-mail newsdesk@forres-gazette.co.uk.

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