Published: 06:00, 23 March 2020
| Updated: 15:04, 24 March 2020
Kent Farmers' Market Association confirmed many would continue in light of the Prime Minister's announcement, as food retailers were considered essential.
Though some across the county have chosen to close, many have vowed to continue, while asking customers to pre-order and then pick up from the market, or take advantage of delivery services.
Chairman of the Kent Farmers' Market Association, Bob Taylor said: "Being outside helps - even in Italy the markets were permitted to stay open.
At the weekend, the market in West Malling went ahead, while Bob, who is market manager in Shipbourne, said the Shipbourne market held on Thursday last week had been one of the busiest in the last year.
But he said it was vital that the producers attending were kept safe and therefore numbers of visitors needed to be reduced.
"We are trying to persuade most customers to pre order so they just pick up, plus we offer a free delivery service to those self-isolating and too infirm to get to the market."
The markets which will be closed until further notice are: Tunbridge Wells (Pantiles), East Farleigh, Chatham (Pentagon Centre), Charing, Whitstable, Crockenhill, Hildenborough and Bearsted.
But more are continuing currently, and to pre-order you can visit each market's page on the Kent Farmers' Market Association website.
On Tuesday markets planning to open were: Capel-le-Ferne; Folkestone (LEAF); while on Wednesday Rye farmers' market is due to open.
Thursday will see Rolvenden, Shipbourne and Whitfield near Dover on while on Friday Egerton and Maidstone will be open.
At the weekend, Saturday will be Bridge, Cranbrook, Gravesend, Hythe, Knockholt, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Independent and on Sunday will be Cliftonville.
The situation is continually changing and visitors are urged to check the website before setting out, or to pre-order or arrange deliveries by visiting kfma.org.uk/Home
The association is looking at moving to on line ordering combined with volunteers delivering so producers do not need to be exposed and also means customers can stay at home.
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