FARMERS' markets in Carlisle and Brampton will be making a return after the Covid-19 lockdown were eased.

Brampton's market first market will be held today, from 9am to 1.30pm, followed by Carlisle's on July 4, 9.30am to 4pm.

Stallholders will be back selling a wide range of locally produced goods but safety measures will be in place, these include a one-way system around the perimeter of the markets and increased space between stalls to allow social distancing to be maintained.

Hand sanitisers will be available for customers in addition to the new hand sanitiser stations installed in Brampton Town Centre and Carlisle city centre by Carlisle City Council.

Customers will also be encouraged to make cashless payments.

They additionally have the option to pre-order goods by contacting suppliers prior to the event.

Emma Heseltine Armstrong, from Carlisle Farmers’ Market said: “Lockdown has presented some big challenges to the dedicated small businesses that produce the wonderful local food which we see at the market every month.

"During this time many have adapted and made deliveries in the local area to supply those who couldn’t get out to the supermarkets, and the public have been generous in their support."

Trader Andrew Tomkins, from Hallsford Farm Produce added: "The crisis highlighted the value of local delivery networks and its was so satisfying to see people discovering that ‘local’ also means quality and value for money."