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NEW: TAMS Veg Boxes

The Allotment Market Stall team have been in touch to announce their new weekly veg box scheme.



Good News – TAMS is Back!

Greg Welsh from the Allotment Market Stall team has been in touch to say that they feel that they can now re-start collections of surplus produce from allotment sites. Here’s what he has to say:


Hello there !I hope that everybody is doing well and you have been able to make the best of the recent tough time. On my last visit to the allotment, plots seemed to be looking better than ever.

An open air stall providing fresh local vegetables is especially valuable at this time, and after much uncertainty earlier in the year we are glad now to be able to go ahead with TAMS. I am pleased to tell you that TAMS will be starting up very soon, with the first collection on Thursday 23rd July.

We will have a Friday stall at both Seaton and Duthie Parks and a Saturday stall at Victoria Park – the same as last year.


Thank you, Greg Welsh, Stall Coordinator


GFAA have always been big supporters of TAMS and we hope this will continue this year. Remember, “profits” from sales are returned to GFAA and make a significant contribution to our funds.

Our TAMS Dividend 2019

At the recent The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) AGM, dividends were presented to all those allotment sites who contributed surplus fruit and vegetables to the TAMS stalls over the summer.

Our dividend was £210.75 which has been paid directly to the Association. We contributed 322kg of produce. The produce is in great demand among the public and it’s good to see any surplus being put to good use.

The amount of produce contributed to TAMS this past year was well down on 2018 when we received just short of £400 for 850kg contributed which reflects the poorer growing season this year.

TAMS of course is run by volunteers and they have asked if any of the allotment sites could help out especially on a Thursday afternoon but at other times too on the stalls for example. If anyone thinks they might be able to help out please contact any of our Committee.

A big thank-you to all who contributed this past season and we look forward to supporting TAMS next year.

It’s TAMS time again

Collections for The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) start this Thursday.

TAMS is a wonderful project that sells our surplus produce to the public and so spreads the benefits of allotment working into the wider community while at the same time making a contribution back to our GFAA funds.

Please leave any (saleable) donations you can make into the special trays by the Bothy by noon, Thursdays.

TAMS Dividend 2018

I am delighted to say that The Market Stall Team (TAMS) have told us that GFAA has earned a dividend of £399.23 across the 2018 season.  This will make a very welcome contribution to our Association’s funds over the coming year.

TAMS have ambitious plans for the season ahead. They want to continue the process of becoming more sustainable in the longer term and are looking into the possibility of setting up a community greengrocer shop, which they think in the long term might generate a small profit to pay for the stalls. They have also put in for funding to set up a new stall in Victoria and Westburn Parks to run along with the others in Duthie and Seaton in 2019.

We are very pleased to support TAMS’s efforts in their fight to reduce food waste.  Working with TAMS is a win-win for us as they help us manage our surplus crops and help generate very valuable funds for projects and maintenance around our site.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

 

TAMS on the up

Our TAMS donations seem to be bigger than ever this season.  This is great news.  Donations to TAMS will produce income for GFAA at the end of the year and help spread the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown food around our wider community.

If you want to donate any surplus you have, but can’t make it down for the Thursday afternoon pick-up, let us know and we can arrange for our volunteers, Gordon and Mike, to pick up stuff for you on Thursday morning.  Please be specific about what you want to be taken!

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