Aberdeen City Council's Pop-up Fruit & Vegetable Market

18 January 2019

Thanks to the reports from SFC grant recipients we have been able to find out about some really exciting projects run by members of the Network and will be sharing some of these with you over the next few months. If you have an innovative project you would like to share please contact Alizee Marceau amarceau@soilassociation.org.

First up, Aberdeen, where the SFC Coordinator, Laura Penny met with Health & Wellbeing Officers at Aberdeen City Council to discuss actions they could take within their organisation (for their staff) to fulfil their commitments to the Sustainable Food Cities approach. They discussed a number of ‘Sugar Smart’ initiatives they could take part in, but there was also appetite for wider health & wellbeing actions that would benefit the staff. It was agreed that they’d trial the running of a ‘pop-up shop’ to be held at Marischal College once every month.

The stall is located nearby the staff canteen and consists of locally sourced (where possible) produce from local charity CFINE who are a Wholesale Fruit & Veg Supplier. The stall is run by volunteers and promoted widely to all staff by council officers. Alongside purchasing produce directly at the stall, ACC staff are also offered the opportunity to send ‘pre-orders’ of veg boxes to be collected on site if they wanted to purchase a wider variety of produce.

The stand began running on 27th March and has been running on the last Tuesday of every month since then. In total SFCPA estimates the stall has made approximately £500. The profit from this is reinvested back into CFINE as a charity.

Two volunteers run the Pop-up Market stall every month.

The staff at Marischal College have been really happy with the provision of this stall and it has been agreed to continue for the foreseeable future. Rebekah Walker, Health & Wellbeing Adviser says:
‘’The pop up stall at Marischal has been great!! Employees have commented on the quality of the produce and the good prices. It’s something people look forward to every month and its helped create a feel-good factor amongst staff.’’

As per the request of Aberdeen City Council, all packaging at this stall is fully compostable/ recyclable. The stand serves not only as a purchasing opportunity but it also raises awareness of wider food poverty, sustainable food and environmental issues. For one of the sessions we partnered with the local Waste & Recycling team who hosted a stand beside the shop to engage with staff on recycling issues (including food waste).


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

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