Farmers’ market open for business

Mark Mitchell, Aberdeenshire Council's area project officer, highlights the return of Ellon Farmers' Market.
Mark Mitchell, Aberdeenshire Council's area project officer, highlights the return of Ellon Farmers' Market.

The long-awaited return of Ellon Farmers’ Market will take place in Neil Ross Square this weekend.

It follows months of organising by a local steering group.

We want local people to use the town centre for all their shopping needs

Mark Mitchell Aberdeenshire Council

The market will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month starting on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

On sale will be a range of locally-produced fresh fish and rare breed meats, eggs, jams and locally grown vegetables.

Local man Stuart Jamieson, who runs Mains of Leask Vegetables, will be running the market supported by Ellon Traders’ chairman Sean Buckle and Elaine Cooper–Willox, from John Willox Kitchens based in Neil Ross Square.

Aberdeenshire Council have also been supporting the venture with Mark Mitchell, area project officer, and Derek McDonald, rural development officer, offering guidance and advice.

Mr Mitchell said: “A lot of effort has gone into arranging the farmers’ market to enhance the town centre.

“We want local people to use the town centre for all their shopping needs.

“Shopping local supports local businesses and makes the town centre more attractive for other investors.”

Joining the market for the re-launch this Saturday are Granite City Fish; Castlehill Farm, Rare Breed Meats; Mortlach Game; Mains of Leask Vegetables; Jo Jo’s Jams; All About Lemons; My Sweet Memories; Floral Request; Feith Hill Candle Company; Duncan Farms (Eggs); and Delica.

The return of the Ellon market will be the culmination of months of hard work...and has been eagerly anticiapted in the town.

More than a dozen farmers’ markets operate regularly across Aberdeenshire, including ones in Inverurie and Balmedie.