March's much larger market felt so good! In fact, with 20 stalls and pretty decent weather, almost normal!
We’ve looked carefully at the Government's tentative programme for relaxing pandemic restrictions and it is clear that for April at least, things will stay the same.
Our "non-essential retailers" could return in May, but we don't expect to change anything else at that time. It looks as though we will operate with social distancing, hand sanitiser, etc until after June 21st.
All that suggests our re-launch could be in July, with perhaps just a few small changes in June. When that time comes we will begin to prioritise replacements for the stalls we have lost over the past 15 months, whilst trying to maintain a good balance of produce. Beyond that, we hope to broaden our range a bit too.
So for now it’s still 'business as COVID-19 allows', but last month you proved that you still know how to enjoy the joyful event that is "Ta-Da…" MARKET DAY IN SEDGEFIELD!
Our Market following lock down.
We are cautiously regaining our former numbers of stalls, while giving Covid-19 safety our highest priority. This means we have not been able to accommodate all previously regular stalls, though we hope to do that in the period up to Christmas. How fast that can happen will depend on progress in suppressing the virus in the area.
In the meantime we have had many enquiries from traders who would like to join the Market. We do try to respond to every enquiry but recently that has been difficult. Please bear in mind that we aim to keep a good balance and broad range of produce for customers, so we choose the produce best fitted to the overall range and balance. This means that we don't necessarily take each request in turn.
There's more detail below of how to seek a stall with us.
Before the market
If you know what you want from specific traders, please consider ordering it for collection and pay before collecting your order. Traders may make arrangements for you to pick up your order from behind their stall if you don’t want to enter the one-way system.
The market operation
The market will be set up around the usual triangle of paths, with a one-way system in force. Stewards will be at tables at the 3 corners, separating the Entry & Exit points. They will guide and advise you on safety. Hand sanitiser will be provided here for use on both gloved and un-gloved hands. Notices displayed around the market will be for your own and other people’s safety, so please do act on these. If the market becomes busy, the stewards may request you to wait to enter until other shoppers have left. If you have the virus or feel unwell, please don’t come to the market. Please ask someone else to shop for you. Otherwise, please...
Enter the Market at one corner of the triangle and leave at a convenient corner.
Listen carefully to stewards and heed their requests.
Observe the one-way system & the two-metre spacing.
Come singly or with as few household members as possible.
Bring a dog ONLY if it is your trained assistance dog. Bring and use your own face masks and gloves.
Avoid stopping to chat - even with friends you haven’t seen for some time.
Minimise the use of cash, instead use contactless payment methods where possible.
Although the bench seat within the triangle will be taped off, you can of course use the benches and green away from the market as a socially distanced ‘chat zone’, at your own discretion. Together we can make this work safely. Above all, let’s make it a happy occasion.
Our Farmers Market is entirely organised and delivered by volunteers, so I want to say a big thank you to all who put out signs, posters and banners social media message, etc, and those who bring the gazebos and other equipment to the Green and erect it, and then turn up to take it down and put it away, and many more. Its the people of Sedgefield who put on the Market for the people of Sedgefield and surrounding areas.
If you would like to get involved and join this great team please get in touch with me.
Roger Clubley, Chairman, Sedgefield Development Trust, and Market Manager of Sedgefield Farmers Market, call 01740 620609 or 07803 269956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The market has about 20 stall holders each month, varying throughout the seasons, providing bread, drinks and beverages, meats, vegatables, Handmade pies, pastries and cakes, Fish, Spices, Cheeses and more.
The market is held every first Sunday of the Month from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The Market has resumed using the Covid prevention measurers referred to above, for the time being. The next Market will be on 2nd May (our May Day Market).
The Farmers Market can be found on the village green in the heart of Sedgefield in front of St. Edmund Church. With easy access from the main road network, A689, A177 etc we can be easily located so come along and try it.
One free charity or community stall is available for suitable organisations each month. In most months from April to December we also offer a free pitch to a musician or musical group. Very occasionally we may make another stall available. If you would like your charity or group to have a free stall please contact Olwen Downs at email@example.com
If you would like a pitch at our Market you should contact the Market Organiser, Roger Clubley, contacts as above. Please bear in mind:
*That it is a producers market, that is to say all the stall holders have grown, baked, made, brewed, etc. the produce they sell. We encourage customers to ask about the product's provenance.
* That we try to always provide a wide range of produce for our customers, and will try to add to the range rather than increase the number of people selling similar products.
To book a stall call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email firstname.lastname@example.org