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Revamped farmers’ market has taste of success

Paisley farmers' market

Revamped farmers’ market has taste of success

Traders and shoppers alike have given the thumbs-up to Paisley’s relaunched farmers’ market, after its first outing in its new home at the weekend.

The popular twice-monthly market has been a fixture in the town’s County Square for the past 12 years, but last Saturday saw it move along the road to Paisley Cross.

To mark the occasion, organisers hired face painters, stilt walkers and balloon modellers to help keep youngsters entertained.

And the relocation was a success, with hundreds of shoppers turning out to sample the range of fresh farm food on offer, with some traders doubling their takings on the previous market.

As part of the revamp, midweek markets have been introduced – with the event taking place on the second Thursday and last Saturday of every month from now on.

That means the next market – on Thursday 12 September – will be the first to take place during the week.

All markets will now take place slightly later in the day, running from 10am to 2pm, as opposed to the previous time of 9am to 1pm.

The changes came about after a consultation of traders and customers earlier this year. The market is run by Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and promoted by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The farmers’ market has been a popular feature in the town for a number of years now, but we wanted to see if there was anything we could do to refresh it.

“The feedback we received was that it should be later in the day and that people wanted midweek markets, so we acted on that.

“Saturday’s turnout suggests the change of location has worked. We hope the market will thrive in its new home and will continue to bring people into the town centre.”

Howard Wilkinson, market relocation co-ordinator, added: “We were delighted with the number of new customers who came to the market, as well as our regulars.

“I hope they found the experience really positive and we look forward to seeing people a week on Thursday at the next market.”

All information and photographs courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Paisley Farmers’ Market is on the move

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Paisley Farmers’ Market is on the move

Shoppers looking for some fresh ideas are being encouraged to check out Paisley Farmers’ Market when it moves to a new location and time this weekend.

The popular twice-monthly market has been a fixture in County Square over the past 12 years.

But it is now moving along the street to Paisley Cross as part of a revamp which will see midweek markets introduced for the first time.

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Markets will take place on the second Thursday and last Saturday of every month, at a new time of 10am to 2pm, slightly later than the previous time of 9am to 1pm.

The first market at the new location will be this Saturday, 31 August. To mark the occasion, the council is laying on children’s entertainment, including face-painting, stilt walkers and balloon modelling.

Paisley Farmers’ Market features a wide range of stall-holders offering quality fresh produce, straight from the farm to the shopping bag, such as meat,fish, cheese, fruit and veg, and chocolate.

The market is operated by Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and Renfrewshire Council, and the decision to relocate came after consultation with traders and shoppers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Town centre regeneration is a big priority for us.

“We hope the new location will improve the visibility of the market and will in turn bring new vibrancy to Paisley High Street.

“The market offers something a little bit different, which complements the range of shops we have already have in the town.

“The feedback we received when we surveyed the public was that they wanted the market to be later in the day and to take place midweek as well as at the weekend

“We took all of that on board, and it would be great to see as many residents as possible check out what is on offer, starting this Saturday.”