We are LIVE

1st May the website is now live. – it still needs work and we need your feedback to improve things. Not sure when the next face to face market will be ( NOT Saturday), or whether we need to set up a virtual shop for our regular stallholders – all will develop over the next few weeks. We know on the one hand many people want to shop out in the open , although others feel that gathering to buy produce at a market is riskier than converging and jostling with shelf stackers in a supermarket aisle.?!?*

Many markets never shut during lockdown, and looking forward pub chains and fast food places are now planning opening again. But almost certainly establishments will be operating with a different set of social norms to those we enjoyed only a few weeks ago.

Possibly markets may need to run with same decorum of pubs and hostelrys where the licence holding landlord actively deals with antisocial behaviour knowing the law will be on her or his side.

Possibly we will be able to enjoy music, petanque or dancing in public if we “behave” ourselves… possibly.

Anyway for now – if you know Wirksworth Farmers’ Market and you want stuff, you will know who to contact on our stallholders page.

New web page!

At the beginning of spring everything changed. We were all told to stay home. Took a while to realise that we can go out for good reason – if we need food, or hardware, to exercise, to walk the dog. It did not take long for the local councils to close car parks intended for tourists and visitors, and the police to discourage day tripping. Unfortunately this has had an effect on some local markets that not only provide day to day essentials including fish, meat, bread, natural cleaning products, but also attract visitors looking to enjoy a day out or a change from a visit to the supermarket. Here is a link to the government document about what is, and is not “allowed”.

At the time all the social distancing , and managing queues and discouraging visitors just seemed totally impractical, which made it simpler for some market managers and councils to close markets, rather than deal with the challenges required to start open. This has had some pretty bad effects for all the businesses that rely on markets to sell their produce, and will have knock on effects on the livelihood of many people. All part of the collateral damage.

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