Food Producers And Builders In Latest LAG Funding Awards

The Produce Market takes place at the Town Hall, St Mary's

The Produce Market takes place at the Town Hall, St Mary’s

Local food producers and a group of builders will share in the latest LAG hand-outs.

The Isles of Scilly Produce Market has received £3,540 of Local Action Group cash for new canopies, tables and promotional flags to help make the Town Hall-based market a more attractive experience, both for users and customers.

The new equipment will support the produce market when operating outdoors too, helping to protect goods from the sun.

Jane Hamilton says they want to enhance the market experience and they want to start a new café area to encourage more trade.

Stallholders will need to wait until autumn to use the new equipment because the Town Hall will be closed for refurbishment over the summer. The market will be relocating to the Methodist Hall on a temporary basis.

Jane says they’re keen to expand the market. They will be working with the Farmers’ Initiative to try to achieve this and encourage more local producers to take part.

Troy Town Farm Ice Cream, St Agnes’ largest employer, was awarded £22,500 for a new machine, which can double their production rate to 30 litres of ice cream per hour, twice the current level.

And Blackwell Building Services has received just under £5,000 for carpentry equipment. It will be shared between three local companies, to make window frames and staircases.

The work has had to be outsourced to mainland firms previously.