The Willunga Farmers Market has adapted new policies and will remain open, for now

Spaced out: Purchasing produce from one of the stalls at the market. Photo: Willunga Farmers Market.

Spaced out: Purchasing produce from one of the stalls at the market. Photo: Willunga Farmers Market.

Fresh produce will remain available at the Willunga Farmers Market for the foreseeable future.

As businesses around Australia are forced to shut, the Willunga Farmers Market has opted to continue running every Saturday morning, giving local producers the chance to continue to make a living.

Willunga Farmers Market General Manager, Jenni Mitton said the markets have been split across two sites, twenty fruit and vegetable stalls are set up in the Willunga Recreation Park. The remaining stalls are in the regular Willunga Town Square location.

Stall density across both sites has been dramatically increased to help observe new social distancing rules.

"It's [the Willunga Farmers Market] such a big part of the community, we have a huge membership of over 1500 members who shop here week-in, week-out, and have done so for 18 years," she said.

"All of those people want to continue to support the farmers and producers on the Fleurieu; to sell the food that they have in the ground and are picking for the Farmers Market each week.

"Many of them don't sell their produce anywhere else.

"They don't wholesale their produce, so this is where they are deriving their income for their family."

The Willunga Farmers Market is considered an essential service enabling it to avoid closure.

Despite this, seating has been removed from the markets and those wishing to do their shopping are encouraged to come, do their shopping and leave - helping to restrict the transmission of the virus.

There are also plans for an online store to be operational by the end of the March. This store will be exclusive to Willunga Farmers Market members to ensure they are still able to get their produce.

The Willunga Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8am - 12:30pm at the Willunga Town Centre and Willunga Recreation Park.