Dumfries Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month under the Victoria pavilion at the town’s train station, had been on hold since lockdown measures were introduced back in March.
But on Sunday 2 August it makes a long-awaited comeback with visitors again able to pick up great produce from some of the region’s top food and drink suppliers.
Stalls are open between 10:30am and 2:30pm and a strict one-way system will be in place with a limited number of customers allowed access at any one time to help maintain social distancing. Everyone attending is required to follow Scottish Government regulations on the wearing of face coverings.
With small businesses being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers say buying from the market is an ideal way of giving Dumfries & Galloway’s economy a much-needed boost while enjoying quality local products.
Dumfries Farmers’ Market committee member Peter Johnston, who is the director of Carlisle-based coffee roaster and tea blender John Watt & Son, said: “The last few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone including those in the food and drink industry.
“We’ve all been desperate to get back to some kind of normality and the return of the market is another positive step in that direction. We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with ScotRail who let us use the fantastic station space.
“It will be great to see our frequent customers and supporters again. A huge variety of produce is available so there’s sure to be something to suit all tastes.” While the regular monthly market hasn’t been held since the start of lockdown, a virtual Dumfries Farmers’ Market was created enabling people to place online orders with regular stallholders. It can be found at dumfriesfarmersmarket.co.uk
The organisation’s Facebook page also features the latest offers from producers.