We will keep it brief as we know that you are busy. Our first priority last week was to ensure that we could open markets to meet the governments new regualtions, this we did but we will now be fine tuning that this weekend to ensure that we maintain soical distancing so:
Dear Farmers and Producers,
We hope you had a reasonable weekend in what is currently a
challenging trading environment. The government this week made it clear that it
wants food retailers and food markets to keep going through the crisis and to
continue to offer the essential service that they provide so thank you for
making such a great effort to continue attending the markets at this difficult
time. We realise that in coming weeks you may need to take time out to
self isolate or due to staff sickness but rest assured we will aim to keep the
markets going whilst you are away. If you do need to take a break from
your regular schedule please consider trying to offer a reduced service where you can even to just make
guest appearances, we can let customers know that you are coming. We are doing
more at markets to protect you and your staff and your customers, this has
mostly been achieved by limiting customer numbers on site, reviewing stall layouts and spreading out
queues. You are an essential service, do not let anyone tell you differently
and working on the frontline like other workers during this crisis should be
applauded too. If you have any queries or concerns please give us a call during
the week or if you require additional markets drop us a line.
Our social distancing measures were stepped up a notch at
the weekend and worked without a hitch:
At Pimlico and West Hampstead the sites were
fenced and customers queued patiently, we limited customer numbers to around 50 at one time,
the police and council officials inspected the sites and gave them a thumbs up.
Notting Hill was also gated with a changed stall layout which gave a massive
amount of space to customers. We managed to purchase the fencing just before
Over 20 stewards were recruited across all markets to help manage
the queues and to get them to spread out.
On all gated sites customer capacity was limited
to comfortable numbers to protect everyone and adhere to the governments social
We have had 100’s of positive comments from
customers about the measures we have taken and that the markets are staying
open for them at this time of need.
Chalk boxes were drawn on the ground to help
customers to queue correctly.
The Police visited Blackheath Farmers Market, but only to buy some eggs, so nothing to see here, except the acres of social distancing on offer. We may need to move a few stalls around to ensure police vans that park there can exit safely now that we are using a lot more of the car park.
We will update you with any changes before next weekend. We
may need to change market stall layouts to increase social distancing at some
markets. We ask you not set up until the manager arrives, please follow these
requests or you may need to move your stalls when they do.
Please keep looking at new innovations for keeping your distance from customers, this weekend we saw card readers on phone sticks and rope across the front of stalls and extra tables out front as measures to keep distance from your customers.
Thanks You for keeping London customers supplied over the
last few weeks, see you next week.
All at London Farmers Markets
27/03/2020. All our markets will be open this weekend.
There will be further changes to how markets operate this weekend. Please plan how you can manage your stall to improve social distancing.
All sales of hot food and drink will cease immediately (more info below)
REMEMBER DEDICATED FARMER PRODUCER LINE IS 020 7833 5007 MON- FRI 9-5
( Only call for emergencies and to report attendance or to request more markets. Information about whether markets are open will be left here or emailed to you directly so please don't phone for updates )
You can find the governments list of permitted businesses HERE which includes food markets
We will all need to do more this week to ensure that we comply with the 2 metre distancing rules.
KEEP YOUR STAFF AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC- tie string across the front of your gazebo to stop them leaning in too far
PRE BAG / BUNCH AND WRAP MORE PRODUCTS TO SPEED UP SERVICE
SELLING HOT FOOD AND HOT DRINKS HAS BEEN STOPPED UNTIL 11th APRIL AS THIS CREATES QUEUES -THIS MAY MEAN THAT YOU CANNOT ATTEND- ALL FOOD MUST BE TAKEN HOME TO EAT. DRINKS INCLUDING JUICE AND ALCOHOL MUST NOT BE SOLD OPEN.
HELP OUR MANAGERS AND STEWARDS BY TELLING YOUR CUSTOMERS AND QUEUES TO SPREAD OUT BE FIRM BUT POLITE- 2 M IS THE REQUIRED SPACE
NOTTING HILL, WEST HAMPSTEAD and PIMLICO MARKETS WILL BE GATED WITH BARRIERS TO CONTROL QUEUEING AND CUSTOMER NUMBERS
WHERE POSSIBLE WE WILL OPEN MARKETS HALF AN HOUR EARLY AND TRY TO PRIORITISE OLDER PEOPLE IN THAT TIME.
THERE WILL BE LAYOUT CHANGES THIS WEEK AS WE TRY AND CREATE SPACE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING SO ARRIVE A LITTLE EARLY IF YOU CAN AND BE PREPARED TO BE OUT OF YOUR USUAL PLACE ON THE MARKET.
THERE WILL BE FAR LESS OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE TOILET AT MOST MARKETS NOW THAT CAFES AND OTHER BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED. AT PARLIAMENT HILL THE TOILET IN THE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TO US.
IF YOU ARE SELLING PLANTS AND FLOWERS PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER GROWING HERBS AND VEGETABLE PLANTS THIS SEASON IN CASE RESTRICTIONS ARE TIGHTENED FURTHER
20/03/2020 PREVIOUS UPDATE
We have been emailing and phoning you for your thoughts ( hopefully all of you by next week) about the current issues impact the markets and your business. From this
weekend, in addition to the measures we have already asked you to put
in place, we require that you implement the following:
Social distancing - keep as much distance between yourself, neighbouring stalls, friends and the public. Work behind a table if you do not already KEEP YOU AND YOUR STAFF HEALTHY
Stall displays - reduce the amount on display and serve from stock at the back of your stall.
Hot food - wrap hot food
for taking away and consuming off site. We will not be setting out
seating at markets to discourage people from lingering on site.
Samples - do not leave
samples out for customers to pick up. If you offer them you must
keep them at the back of your stall and hand them individually to
We would also encourage you to
follow the lead of some stalls last weekend who were trying gently
to dissuade customers from buying too much. Reassure them that we
will be here next week.
Where possible this weekend we will open markets half an hour earlier
and prioritise older people in that time. Where we can we will spread
stalls out a little so your stall position may change.
If you require more sales outlets in coming weeks please get in touch, we will have temporary spaces to cover through staff sickness or production and we may open up some additional loctions if there is demand.
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Very best wishes from all of us at LFM.
A reminder from last week:
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING HYGIENE ON ALL STALLS
Winter vegetables are delicious!
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