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Horsham Markets continue to supply essential foods during COVID outbreak

01 Apr 2020

Horsham’s Town Centre markets will be in operation again this Saturday (4 April) to supply essential fresh produce in the Carfax and Bishopric.

Feedback from grateful walk-up customers last weekend was extremely positive and social distancing was well observed by traders and customers alike. This week’s Carfax market layout will be even more dispersed to offer more protection.

Initial response to online purchasing was strong with some 100 orders being processed for both click and collect and home delivery options. In the absence of the Carfax’s regular organic fruit and vegetable stall holder due to personal lockdown, it has been arranged for fruit and vegetable orders to be fulfilled by Coden’s Greengrocers (who will trade as usual from the Bishopric Market area).

Customers are urged to take advantage of the online ordering options this week via Horsham Markets website but are reminded that delivery capacity is limited while this service is being established.

Generally, click and collect orders can be placed up until 12 noon of the Friday before each Saturday market but check online as certain product lines may have longer lead times.

Horsham District Council understands the concerns being expressed by some residents about the continuation of markets in Horsham Town Centre during the outbreak, however the availability of fresh produce is an essential service to members of the public who are unable to secure vital supplies by other means.

The Council’s markets strategy has been validated by an online poll, conducted in the last week, which drew 540 responses.

26% of respondents said they would only use a walk up market. 55% said they would prefer a click and collect service and 77% voted for a home delivery service from the markets

Click and collect and home delivery options currently available from Carfax are as follows:

Saturday 4 April

Carfax Horsham Markets

Orders via Horsham Markets website.

Click and Collect option available from 10am to 2pm

Home Delivery (within 5 miles from Carfax) – Order by Friday midday for deliveries from 10am to 6pm.

Bishopric Market

Orders this week via Horsham Markets website.

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