Market Rasen will be welcoming back a fruit and veg shop to the town’s high street next month as part of the work being done by MR BIG.
The shop will be called Greens of Lincolnshire and will be a not for profit business, so any money the shop makes will be reinvested in the town’s on-going regeneration.
Now people in and around Rasen are being asked to pledge their support for the venture - both as customers and as volunteers in the shop.
“Whilst we wanted to restore a farm shop to the high street, we also wanted to create a meeting place where people could visit, enjoy and learn more about all those fantastic Lincolnshire foods and the producers behind them,” said MR BIG’s volunteer finance director Richard Hallsworth.
“We are acutely aware the Portas money will only last for 18 months, maybe two years, so we need to develop a plan that will generate funds and enable the good work to continue.”
And central to the new shop’s services will be the veg box scheme, where customers can enjoy free delivery of local and fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs to their door, within an eight-mile radius of the town centre.
Greens will deliver to work addresses too with their corporate service.
Heading up the workforce at Greens will be newly-appointed manager Pamela Clarkson, who is well-known in the town, having spent the last six years as manager of the town’s Oxfam shop.
“I’ve lived in Market Rasen all my life; I love the town,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to this fabulous new venture that’s central to making Rasen thrive.
“To be back in the high street and helping the community means I am back doing the things I love too.
And now Pamela is looking forward to building up a team of volunteers to help sell the range of produce, which she says will be “something with the wow factor.”
“I’m confident I can take Greens to where it can be and have already had several conversations with my Oxfam customers who are so pleased to see me back in the high street.”
Volunteers are asked to commit a couple of hours a week to the shop, working alongside others and contributing to the community.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer at the shop, or to register for the veg box scheme, visit the Greens of Lincolnshire website at www.greensoflincolnshire.co.uk or drop your details through the letter box at the shop in Queen Street.