Food Assemblies

September 2018
Food Assembly closed - Dingwall Academy Market to open

The Food Assembly - a Europe-wide network of local online produce markets - closed in the UK at the end of September owing to insufficient suport.  You can read a message from the organisation here.

The good news is that the Dingwall Food Assembly will be re-born as the Dingwall Academy Market, as the result of a joint initiative by Emma Whitham of MOO Food, who was the driving force behind the Dingwall assembly, and Dingwall Academy which hosted its collections.  Emma writes

" After a successful Harvest Market on 26 October we are going to take October off - everyone needs a break after a busy summer. Then at the end of October we are going to launch our Dingwall Academy Market - this will be an online market similar to Food Assembly platform and our collection time will remain 4-6 on Wednesday.

"The super exciting thing about this enterprise is it will be managed locally by a partnership of MOO Food (a local community food company) and Dingwall Academy. Pupils of Dingwall Academy are already working with a professional web designer to develop our new website. Through this enterprise pupils will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in many different roles from marketing to accounting and website management to customer service, as well as learn about the important role local food has in a sustainable food system.

"If you have any questions or ideas you liked to share then please email me at .  Also, please email me if you'd like to be added to new customer database.

"Until our website is up and running we will be using Facebook as means to share information and updates."

Food Assembly collection day at Dingwall Academy


March 2018  Dingwall Food Assembly update

The Dingwall Food Assembly is going from strength to strength, we have been ‘open’ for over 4 months and have average weekly sales in excess of £1000.  It is incredible to think this translates to over £18,000 being spent in local economy. 

Our product range is increasing all the time and customers are happy with the offer, however, there is always potential for growth, so if anyone would like to join our Assembly as a producer then please do get in touch.  The more the merrier! 

We are approaching 500 registered customers, so the word is spreading.  We hope to entice as many of these customers as possible to place an order and are keen to hear ideas of how we can make our offer as appealing as possible.  Please do get in touch via our Facebook page or email Emma at

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November 2017    Dingwall Food Assembly off to a good start

Wednesday 8 November was the third pickup day for the new Dingwall Food Assembly  -  from 4.00 - 6.00 at Dingwall Academy.

Emma Whitham, market organiser, said

"The Dingwall Food Assembly has made a brilliant start with customers relishing the opportunity to purchase fresh, local, seasonal produce weekly.  We have 14 producers signed up and over 250 products on offer each week.  This is set to increase as we approach Christmas.  Collections have been fun, with producers and customers enjoying meeting each other; sharing food and recipe ideas.  Our venue, Dingwall Academy, is a real asset to our Assembly and we have pupils volunteering as personal shoppers to give the customers a warm and welcome friendly experience."

Click  here  to join the Assembly, or to login and order if you have already joined.


Food Assemblies in Dingwall and Inverness are a new convenient way to shop locally.

You place your order and pay online with any of the participating producers and suppliers, and once a week they bring your order to a central point for you to collect.  Nothing could be simpler!

On the Black Isle we are fortunate to have two assemblies within easy reach, one in Inverness already up and running, and one in Dingwall starting later in October.  There is a simple process to register with an assembly, after which you order online at your convenience and pick up once a week.  Ordering usually closes a clear day before collection.

How it works

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Inverness  information and join


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