Dumfries Farmers’ Market to host South of Scotland Enterprise chair

South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has invited the Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) Professor Russel Griggs OBE, to attend the first Dumfries Farmers’ Market since before the Covid19 lockdown.

Usually held on the first Sunday of each month the popular farmers’ market will resume this Sunday 2nd August and will run between 1030 and 1430.

The number of vendors at the market has been reduced for opening and social distancing measures will be in place including hand sanitiser on site, mandatory wearing of face coverings which are also available for sale and a one way system around tables which will be centrally positioned with plenty of space between all stalls. Food will be takeaway only and cannot be consumed on site.

Ms Harper commented;

“I’m a regular at Dumfries Farmers’ Market and I’m delighted to see the market re-open this weekend following what has been an extremely challenging time for small local businesses. Throughout lockdown I was in touch with many local businesses, providing support advice and connecting businesses to Ministers at the Scottish Government. It’s great to see the market offering their excellent selection of local produce again.

“I’m also delighted to invite Professor Russel Griggs – the Chair of South Scotland Enterprise – who has also been assisting many local businesses with both funding support and guidance through this difficult time and will accompany me to the farmers’ market this weekend.

“I’d like to wish all the vendors and organisers good luck with their first farmers’ market since lockdown and I’ll be continuing to support our local businesses by buying local.”

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) added;

“I will be delighted to come along to the first Dumfries Farmers’ Market since lockdown on Sunday and very much looking forward to meeting with local business owners and members of the community who are at the very heart of our local economy.

“It has, without doubt, been an extremely challenging time and we have been exceptionally busy doing all we can to support local businesses both through administering grants, providing advice and having many hundreds of meetings and conversations throughout the crisis.

“As the new South of Scotland Enterprise, we have made a promise to really listen to local needs. Coming along to the Market is an important part of what we are here to do. To listen, have conversations and provide local, tailored support as much as we can.

“I am sure the local community will rally round to support the Market and the local businesses taking part. I very much look forward to coming along and let’s hope the sun shines on Dumfries to mark the occasion.”