“Use it or lose it” - fear for Diss market future
“Use it or lose it” - that is the harsh but true message from one of the organisers of the Diss Farmers’ Market.
Sue Kiddie claims the produce market staged in the town centre on the second Saturday of every month needs to up both its sellers and buyers to keep the rural community tradition going.
Established more than a decade ago, the market has recently seen the number of traders drop from 15 to seven.
Mrs Kiddie said: “I suppose what we are saying to people is ‘use it or lose it’.
“Diss would be all the poorer if it was to lose its farmers’ market. People are losing their jobs all the time, and are falling back on their skills to set up their own businesses. And at the market, we have people doing and selling lots of inventive, high-quality stuff.”
Cutting out the middle man, most traders use the market to sell their produce, including cakes, savoury treats, chillies, breads, meats and vegetables.
Despite the colder and occasionally adverse weather over the last eight or so weeks, Mrs Kiddie believes a lack of knowledge about the market’s existence and people confusing it with the entirely separate and weekly Friday market held in Diss are hampering its viability more than anything.
February’s market will be in the usual place - outside Diss Post Office - tomorrow, running from 8.30am to 2pm.
To become a trader, contact Mrs Kiddie - who sells cakes at the event - on 01379 644750. Alternatively, contact Diss Town Council on 643848.
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