The Trust is delighted to announce that we will be piloting a food co-op in the Old Town at the end of September 2010.

The co-op will be held at the end of the month and if it is a success will become a weekly event, allowing shoppers to buy a variety of fruit and vegetables for less than they would spend at the supermarket.

Project Co-ordinator Mark Davidson says: “Several community surveys and community consultation exercises over the past few years have shown that many people who live in the Old Town have problems buying cheap, healthy, fresh food, particularly in the lower High Street and Canongate area. There are no longer the butchers, bakers, fishmongers and greengrocers that there used to be. The food co-op is an initiative to try to make good quality and good value fresh food available to local residents.”

The food will be supplied by Edinburgh Community Foods Initiative who will not only ensure that it is high quality and good value but also that as much of it as possible is locally grown.

To ensure the scheme’s success the Trust is looking for volunteers to help run the co-op. Mark says: “These might be people who have an interest in food, or who want to do something for the community, or who would enjoy being part of a small, friendly team.” Anyone who is interested should contact Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

While – as Mark notes - the project’s main aim is to provide local residents “a handy alternative to long walks back home with heavy shopping, or trips in buses and cars to bigger supermarkets”, he also hopes that in the future it could become a community meeting place where people can sit and chat over a cuppa or a coffee.

The co-op will be held in Old Saint’s Pauls, 63 Jeffrey Street, on Monday 27th September from 5pm to 7pm and on Tuesday 28th September from 9am to 11am. Please do come along, and stock up on some of the best fruit and veg Edinburgh has to offer.