Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Counting your chickens

An article in today’s Press and Journal highlights the fact that Highland Council has been sourcing cooked chicken for school kitchens from Brazil.
In a month that has seen funding ending for
Highlands & Islands Local Food Network is it not time that we fully supported local businesses?
Neighbouring Moray Council manage to source their meat locally, what a shame that our own council can’t follow their example and support local food producers.

7 comments:

growtosow said...

counting the air miles more like what are they thinking about not the cost. why not buy local this is the highland council all over it would seem all the things they do is back to front our high street comes to mind what a mess they have made of that. and yet we are paying for it its a joke but not laughing.

Jon said...

I am Social Enterprise Development Officer for Haelth and Happiness, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. We are looking to open a business in Nairn that provides a sales outlet for local growers and producers. Please feel free to contact me if you are such a producer be it large scale or allotment/garden size. We would be pleased to hear from you. We are also keen to establish a farmers market. Looking for low/no cost rental premises??

Jon

jon.outthere@yahoo.co.uk

Graisg said...

Why not put a bid in for some of the £60,000,000 available for Scottish Highstreets Jon.
The Gurn has always supported a market for Nairn, after all there is something outside the courthouse called the 'Mercat Cross'. Nairn was given the right to a weekly market with the Royal Burgh Charter.
The Doc has already suggested opening woolies up as an indoor market. Maybe a bid backed by our councillors to do just that for a couple of years would succeed and bring the numbers back down the High Street. If not the Council does possess market stalls and there are spaces where they could go up.
A market yes please.

Jon said...

Thank you for your posative reply. I am looking at all and any options for a building. Somerfield/CoOp might not demolish the lovely old buildins in their development plan and we might get one of those for a little time at least. The old bus station building looks good to me too for a market.

Jon

Graisg said...

Try the visitNairn.com team too Jon, a market got a mention in the strategy document. A market was debated (as part of a larger item) a few suburban Com C meetings ago as a response to some consultation document or other.
People love markets - if it were stipulated that it was for an opportunity for local businesses alone then who possibly could stand in its way?

growtosow said...

i know we have left the original post a bit but yes go for a market nairn needs something like this again and they do have stalls the allotments got a loan of them when they had a open day and it was a good day out for a lot of folk. so bring on a market. go jon

Jon said...

Iave been in talks with Iain at visit.nairn and he shares my feelings about kick-starting some action instead of words in Nairn. I was also a voice, all be it a Yorkshire accented one, at the ward forum on tourism the other week. I am looking for other 'excited' Nairn folk to help make things happen instead of debating them for all time. If you are such a person drop me your details, the revolution starts today!!

Jon