Porty Podcast
130 Portobello Community Greengrocer
Jul 13, 2019 · 7 min
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Anyone who’s been to the monthly market in Brighton Park will have seen the stall run by the Greengrocer Project. Yes, they have fruit and veg to sell – but their main reason for being there is to keep up the profile for their longer-term ambition – to set up a shop. Their model is across on the other side of town, in Bruntsfield. It’s a community greengrocer called ‘Dig In’ which is now running successfully, although it took some time to become established. By a curious turn of fate, Karen Mackay, owner of ‘Cahoots’ on Porty High Street, had been involved in the development of that and wondered if a similar project could work here. She felt there was a need after both ‘Banana Republic’ and ‘Earthy’ closed in quick succession. The idea for a Portobello Community Greengrocer caught on – but it’s not progressed as fast as many had hoped. David Calder spoke to its spokesman Charlie Cavaye about the project and its objectives.

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