Veg Stall Volunteers Needed

Posted on February 27, 2013 by James Bull

Thanks to everyone who currently volunteers on the Saturday vegetable stall which is run as partnership between OrganicLea and Transition Leytonstone.

This is a message to all members, and includes existing volunteers, and hopefully will inspire some of you others to join us.

The stall is changing a little so there are new opportunities to help. As perhaps you know there is an ‘E11 market’ run by Sandra Dene on Saturdays outside Matalan and we have also decided to try to set up the stall earlier. This new schedule has been running since 2nd February and we now believe we have a good approach.

As a result we will try an additional earlier shift between 9 and 10:30. This first shift normally involves collecting the stand from the Matalan storage area and bringing it round to our pitch and so being in position when the van arrives from Hornbeam, hopefully by 9:30. The start time of the E11 market varies but probably will be setting up from 9:30. The shift will continue with the set up of the stall and the pricing of the produce. This usually includes light lifting to unload the van.

The second shift will be from 10:30 to 1:00 and will not include any lifting. This can be the busiest time for selling and talking to customers about the stall, the produce, recipes, growing and also about other events and activities run by Transition Leytonstone or OrganicLea.

The third shift is from 12:30 to 3 so the OrganicLea worker can have a break in their very long day and includes helping pack up the stall, weighing the remaining produce, helping return the stand to the storage area (uphill so usually needs two people) and guiding the reversing van out between the posts and tree and the pedestrians, any bikes, and into a break in the traffic.

We do not expect any volunteer to do more than 1 shift each month and we would like people to sign up in advance. We need people for all shifts from this weekend (2nd March) onwards.

I try to email the produce price list and the weekly OrganicLea newsletter to those on the stall on the Friday so that they have a chance to look at them beforehand.

The price list is much simpler than it was (separated in fruit and veg and mainly alphabetical) however the list is shorter in the winter, when fewer types of produce are available.

Please let me know if you can volunteer and which dates you are available.

RoseMary Warrington
One of the stall co-ordinators.