Following the announcement by Boris Johnson, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), is set to reopen the market at Lockmeadow and is encouraging shoppers to support local producers and visit the site which is offering a variety of new stalls thanks to the offer of free pitches to traders.
The Council initiative is part of the national ‘Love your Local’ campaign. The offer of free pitches is to provide the perfect platform to re-connect the local community with the Maidstone Market and benefit social distancing measures with fresh air and space.
MBC Leisure Property Manager – Alexa Kersting-Woods said:
“Lockdown has given us all the chance to create and reignite relationships with our communities including local producers of food and products who delivered when big brands couldn’t.
“This time has also allowed some smaller producers to shine and show off the great quality that buying local can provide, not only in the product itself, but the customer service and care that comes with it.
“As part of the national ‘Love your Local’ campaign the Council is offering small businesses the chance to try out Maidstone Market – encouraging people to shop local and keep those community connections going. We are supporting them by offering small producers of food or crafts a free-of-charge ‘pitch’ for eight sessions at the Market.”
The criteria for the free stalls are that you make or produce your goods locally and you are new to Maidstone Market.
Since offering the free market pitches the Council has received 20 applications from new stall holders who will provide a wide selection of goods for potential shoppers.
Anyone wishing to register for a free Maidstone Market stall should call 01622 602529 or email: AlexaKerstingWoods@Maidstone.gov.uk
Maidstone Market is open Tuesday and Saturday each week, between 7am and 1pm. It is located at Lockmeadow on Barker Road, Maidstone. As of Saturday 13 June, it will be situated in twoareas allowing for social distancing of 2 metres: