Our project is all about reinstating a traditional Greengrocer’s shop on Portobello High Street, but while we wait for suitable premises to become available*, we are continuing with our very popular stall at the monthly market in Brighton Park.

The next market is on Saturday 3rd November and our planning is already underway. There’s lots of great produce available at this time of year, but what would you like to see alongside the ever popular potatoes, carrots, onions and tomatoes? Leeks? Swedes? Brussels Sprouts? Pumpkins? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

See you on the 3rd!

** if you know of any shops which might be vacated soon, please let us know.

Report Highlights The Need For Our Project

The latest report from Food Standards Scotland on the country’s food consumption strengthens our belief that opening a dedicated greengrocer in Portobello is essential. We are all aware of the advice to eat 5 portions of fruit & veg a day, but it looks like the message isn’t getting through.

Food Standards Report Cover
Food Standards Report Cover

Key findings in the report  include:

  • There was little progress towards meeting the 2013 Scottish Dietary Goals over the 15 year period. This lack of progress was apparent even amongst households in the least deprived areas.
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption did not change between 2001-2003 and 2013-2015.

[Estimation of Food and Nutrient Intakes from Food Purchase Data in Scotland 2001-2015, Food Standards Scotland]

Although our goal is to once again make fruit & veg easily available on the High Street, we also plan to engage with the local schools and colleges – as well as other community groups – to promote education about the produce we are selling.
Our principal goal at present is to secure premises (any help with this would be appreciated!), but when we do, and if there is space, we may be able to have some sort of kitchen facility where excess produce could be used to produce soups and such like, which we could donate to local homeless charities.
However our project ‘pans out’, we will be making a small contribution to the ongoing health of our community and to help meet the goals.