Banchory’s Farmers Market said a sad farewell to Linda and Graeme Clark last month as they resigned as managers.
Linda developed the market ten years ago when she was a community councillor and has attended every month with Graeme. They will now be able to enjoy a well earned extra weekend off every month.
The market, which is held in Scott Skinner Square on the third Saturday of every month, has grown from a few stalls to over fifteen producers. Of the existing stall holders only Sandy Ingram has been attending since the start.
The Banchory market was one of the first to be created in this area however there is now one in every town in Aberdeenshire.
As members of the Aberdeenshire Farmers Market Association many of the stallholders attend other local markets on a rotation.
The Banchory & District Initiative (BDI) has taken over the management of the market, while Che Mueller of the Potarch Hotel will co-ordinate the stallholders.
Jean Henretty of BDI said: “Linda and Graeme can be proud of the work they did developing the market, which is now an important part of the High Street.
“There have been calls to increase the size of the market and develop a second day. I would like to hear from anyone who would like to be part of a small steering group that will consider how best to increase the number and range of producers.
“At present most of the stalls are food producers however it may be possible that we can hold a monthly artisan or craft market.
“We have also had suggestions to have a ‘pop-up’ stall every month for new producers to test the market.”
Local produce is sold at competitive prices with stalls selling meat, fish, game, preserves, bread and cider.
Jean Henretty added: “Many people think the market is expensive, but it costs no more than the supermarket.
“The bread is fresh from the oven and the meat is fresh from the field. You can even speak to the people who make the soap and boil the jam which you can’t always do in shops.”
The next market is this Saturday (September 15) from 9am–1pm. It can be found in Scott Skinner Square off the Banchory High Street.
For more information or contact for a stall, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.banchory.org or visit the Facebook page: Banchory Produce Market.