PICTURE SPECIAL: Sunshine smiles on shoppers and browsers as Inverness Farmers' Market returns
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Beautiful weather greeted hundreds of happy and inquisitive shoppers as Inverness Farmers’ Market made a welcome return after a three-month absence.
Since December, the popular Inverness city centre fixture had taken a break from its usual slot on the first Saturday of the month with renewed lockdown measures brought in before Christmas.
In the spring sunshine, it was clear the colourful array of new and familiar stalls had been much missed by locals. Popular established stallholders were joined by two new businesses exhibiting goods.
Loch Ewe Salt and Seaweed brought healthy nutritional ingredients harvested from west coast waters, while Moray’s Nature Kids displayed a range of sustainable kids’ clothing and toys.
It is now hoped, barring a further tightening of restrictions, the 21-year-old market will continue to brighten up the city centre monthly into the summer, autumn and winter months, with its open-air character lending itself naturally to safe shopping and social-distancing.
“What was lovely was that, although there was nothing else on in Inverness, the market was really busy,” founder and organiser Debbie McBean said.
“We saw so many of our regular customers come in especially for the market. The support was absolutely fantastic. We wondered if we had gone back too early but, no, it was a really good market.
“With no tourists, it was a little bit quieter, but we really did appreciate the fact so many of our local customers came along.”