With Covid measures in place, the first Orange Farmers Market of 2021 went ahead on Saturday, much to the delight of stallholders and customers alike.
David Parker and his wife Tracey have been a staple of the market for nearly 15 years.
They were pleased to see a larger crowd than normal given the tough year that was 2020.
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"Some of the January markets can be quite quiet but there seems to be more visitors here from out of town so it's made it a better market than normal," David said.
"Our trouble is we've been struggling for some of the honey variety because of the drought and it being so dry last year that there's nearly no eucalyptus flower this year. So it's good to see people here."
Covid protocols on Saturday included QR code signing in and spread out stalls to help with social distancing.
This was something stallholder Anna Stranger definitely noticed.
"It's quiet, but more because it's spread out because of the Covid rules," she said.
"We don't do tastings now, we have the sanitisers and our masks and plastic gloves and all that. We try to keep up the social distancing. I think it is a good market for January and I'm definitely happy that it went ahead because it is all all outdoors."
Tom Morgan was out and about with his family, like he is every market and said there has been a noticeable change, but not different to most others shops nowadays.
"It's been a bit of a change but you get that everywhere with the way Covid's going around but it doesn't impact the markets hugely," he said.
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