**North East under third National Lockdown** All farmers’ markets currently operating have full Covid-19 precautions and managed social distancing.
Our understanding of National Lockdown rules is that food & drink stalls in open air markets are included in the definition of “essential retail” and so are allowed.
13th January: Northern Dales Farmers Markets and Durham Markets have both taken the decision to suspend all their markets for the time being.
19th January: Northern Dales Farmers Market plan to restart Hartlepool, Stokesley and Thirsk farmers markets in February
Look out too for your local producers selling on-line, click and collect and “virtual market” delivery schemes being run by various markets
To date (19th January) – we are aware of thirteen markets (Alnwick, Barnard Castle, Brampton, Carlisle, Darlington, Hartlepool, Hexham, Houghton (near Carlisle), Ingleby Barwick, Morpeth, Ponteland (Wilde Farm), Sedgefield and Stokesley) up and running under strict social distancing and other safety precautions – though some will not be re-starting till February
And twelve markets (Durham City, Greenhead (“Hadrian’s Wall”), Jesmond, Low Fell, Middlesbrough Stewart Park, Middleton St George, Newcastle, Preston Park (Stockton), Saltburn, Stanhope, Whitley Bay (“Green Beans”) and Wynyard Hall) suspended.
We aim to provide information about farmers’ markets in North East England – that’s Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co Durham and Tees Valley, with a couple over the border in North Yorkshire and Cumbria. We also list some local food, community and artisan markets.
You’ll find listings of upcoming markets, contact details for the various market operators, news about what’s in season and basic information about selling at farmers’ markets.
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