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ABERGAVENNY FRUIT MARKET. To the Editor of THE COUNTY OBSERVER. Dear Sir,—You have doubtless observed from the reports of the recent Council meetings which have appeared in some of the newspapers, and probably your own, that it is contemplated to establish a Fruit Auction Market at Aberga- venny, and it might be interesting to the Farmers and Fruit Growers of the district if I send you a few quotations from a letter I have to-day received from a Herefordshire resident on the subject it runs as follow^:— I am pleased to see by notes in the Here- ford Times' that you propose to start a Fruit Market in your town- I am surprised that you have not done so before now, seeing that the majority of customers at the Hereford Market come from your district in fact, 1 may say that I have customers you are sure to have and as for fruit there are hundreds who would welcome any sort of competition on an opening where they could get a decent price. We had over 1,400 lots at our market last week and I feel sure that could we only get sufficient to pay for our time of picking—this we are not getting at present—we should only be too pleased to send it. "I have had some 16 years' experience in fruit, vegetable, poultry, and produce, and I can say that in my opinion you could not do a better thing. Depend upon it there would be no dearth of stuff. It is not for me to advise you, but the thing you want is a man who under- stands the fruit trade, and, moreover, one who understands the class of men he would have to deal with and the class of stuff they want, all these things go to make a market. I know of several good markets, one or two especially, Stratford-ou-Avou for example, where they sell something like 1 GOO lots weekly of fruit, poultry, rabbits, eggs, and butter again, at Lichfield and Alcester, but these places, in my opinion, do not offer the advantages from a grower's point of view that Abergavenny does. It would meao a saving of railway fares and time of the buyers, both of which would go to add to the profit of the grower." If you can spare space and think it worth while to insert the above in your next issue it would, no doubt, materially assist the Corpora- tion in their endeavours to start the market and thus comply with the wishes of some of the principal farmers in the neighbourhood. Thanking you in anticipation.—I remain, Yours faithfully, JAMES STRAKER, I Mayor of Abergavenny, Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, 8th Sept., 1904.

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