Council celebrates Lewes Farmers Market winning top Sussex accolade

Lewes District Council has congratulated Lewes Farmers Market after it was voted the best farmers market at the Sussex Food and Drinks Awards 2021. The market in Cliffe Precinct was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit enterprise by Common Cause Co-operative but Covid-19 restrictions forced its closure in March 2020. 

With council help and support, the market was able to re-open just two months later from Friars Walk car park with the bigger location allowing for social distancing and Covid-safe guidelines to be met.

Councillor Johnny Denis, Cabinet member for Customers and Communities, said: “I’m delighted that Lewes Farmers Market has been recognised for its excellence in providing a wonderful range of local produce and over the years it has grown to become a vibrant attraction in the town. Congratulations to the organisers and stallholders that make it such a success.

“We were very pleased to help with a new, more spacious venue to ensure the popular market could continue to operate safely during the pandemic for the benefit of both shoppers and traders, and the car park is more accessible too.”

He added: “The council is doing everything it can to support local businesses and local producers as it is more important than ever that they have a platform to sell to customers in what has been a very tough year for trade.”

As part of its support for business across the district during the pandemic, the council has set up three new websites – shopslocal.infoeatlocal.infomakelocal.info – to help promote them.

It has also funded The Makers Directory – themakersdirectory.co.uk an online directory of local makers, artists and creatives which allows them to connect directly with buyers.

For more information about Lewes Farmers Market visit commoncause.org.uk/lewes-farmers-market

Photo credit: Georgie Steeds