A planning application to operate a community farmers’ market in the car park of the Merlin has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.
The possibility of a market in Morningside has been ongoing for many years now. It was first raised at our traders’ association meeting on 28 May 2012 and has continued on our agenda/minutes for discussion since then, given our active pursuit of opportunities to promote and develop Morningside as a shopping destination.
With this in mind, Morningside Traders Association has actively supported this venture along with Transition Edinburgh South, Belhaven Breweries and MarketCraft.
The success and high regard of the Stockbridge farmers’ market demonstrates why a Morningside farmers market would bring a new attraction to promote Morningside.
For the avoidance of doubt, quality is the key here; the market is not a car boot sale or one filled with third party re-sellers offering cheap goods of dubious origin. Quality is at the heart of the event and as an inclusive, community market this should become apparent very quickly to shoppers on the day.
It will encourage those from out with the local area to visit and enjoy the shopping experiences that Morningside has to offer and further develop our business community.
The market organiser has considerable experience in delivering quality farmers’ markets and will be introducing a broad range of fresh produce including kitchen condiments, crafts and more.
We anticipate there will be a crossover in some of the ranges that our existing businesses stock, however the organisers research and experience suggests improved turnover on market days driven by the increased footfall. Those from out with the area will be more aware and encouraged to return and shop in Morningside.
As business owners/managers we are all aware that we have no “right to exist” on our High Street nor should we feel threatened by the introduction of a farmer’s market or any competition there may be. We need to sustain the business we do have, continue to present our shops to their best advantage, revitalise our product ranges and train our staff to treat customers fairly.
Isn’t it funny how things turn full circle? The farmers and carters used to come to Morningside to trade their products many years ago and businesses prospered alongside them . . . . . . . . . . . . !