Farmers’ Market under the COVID Pandemic

The Government announced at the end of May 2020 that all outdoor markets would be allowed to reopen, and in fact food markets have been able to trade throughout the pandemic. We decided in mid-March to suspend trading as we were unclear how we might trade safely at that time.

We are pleased to have restarted on Saturday 13 June 2020 with a limited number of local producers. Having ten producers allowed us to space out the stalls and leave enough space for social distancing – for stallholders, people queuing and people moving about on the Market Place. For the following markets we will slowly expand the numbers, using more space if ncessary.

We will have ample signage to remind people to keep their distance, to sanitise their hands and to be patient. We will review our practice after every market and make adjustments.

We will discourage people from entering the Market Place from all directions by taping off the roadside and we will have a number of volunteer stewards. We will encourage people coming to shop at the market to pre-order if possible, to have just one person at any stall, and to move around the market in a clockwise direction.

Stallholders present each Saturday will be published in the news section of the website before each market date. If you wish to place an order, please check out contact details on their websites, or email the Market Manager for details (specific deadlines apply for different producers).

For the time being Slackhouse Farm will continue to provide an ‘order and collect’ service on Saturday morning. Please contact the Market Manager for details. Many stallholders not yet at the market sell their products online and will be happy to send their products out to you. Please check our producer page for details.

We have carried out a COVID-specific risk assessment which is available here. The risk assessments are reviewed after each market and any changes will be published on the news section of the website before the next market.