Rickinghall Farmers' Market sees successful return
Tantalising produce from across East Anglia returned to Rickinghall last weekend as it restarted its farmers’ market.
Last Saturday’s event marked the first market since trading ceased on March 14 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Village hall committee chairman Bob Clark said it was a successful return.
“For the first one back, we were very pleased with how it went,” he said.
“The turnout was really quite good and the stalls did quite well. We were really happy as we had to put a lot of thought into our measures in light of Covid-19.”
There were about 10 stalls, located inside and outside the village hall, ranging from fresh fish and baked breads to artisan cheeses and plants.
Mr Clark said he expected the number of sellers to rise in the coming months as trade returned to normal.
Measures for visitors and sellers included a one-way system inside the hall, two-metre social distancing markers and hand sanitiser at the entrance and exit.
“It was nice to see customers coming in with masks on,” said Mr Clark. “We asked our stallholders to wear them in the hall, but did not ask customers. It was great to see people taking those extra precautions.
“The feedback was that people felt we had made a very secure environment for them to buy and sell in, and that is great to hear.
“I want to thank everyone for their support on Saturday. It was always going to be nervous reopening, but it really had a nice community atmosphere and vibe to it, so thank you.”
The market, which takes place every second Saturday of the month, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in October. It hopes to reopen its cafe and jumble sale at next month’s event.