Appeal to rejuvenate Diss Farmers’ Market

Calls have been made to rejuvenate a south Norfolk farmers' market, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year.

The Diss Farmers' Market, which meets in the Market Place on the second Saturday of every month, currently has around a dozen regular stallholders.

However, organisers and traders are hoping to almost double their numbers with a campaign to revamp the monthly market.

Next month's farmers' market on February 11 will see the launch of a Valentine's-themed Love Diss Farmers' Market campaign to try and give the market a boost.

Tibenham smallholder Karen Nethercott, who trades at the market with her business, Samphire, said she hoped some more stallholders and entertainment will sign up for the new-look market.

'It is well-established and will continue, but it has gone a bit stale and it would be good to get some more traders involved. We would like to try and increase the offer and encourage people to have a sit down with a pork pie and a cup of coffee and make it more of a social thing and try and get some music there,' she said.

She added that trading on a farmers' market was a good stepping stone for someone wanting to get into the retail environment.

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The Diss Farmers' Market runs from 9am to 1pm and Mrs Nethercott said some people may have been under the impression that it might have closed when Diss Area Country Markets, a stall at the regular farmers' market, came to an end last year because of the economic downturn.

'There is a recognition of local food and with the Diss Community Farm there is an interest in people finding out where their food comes from.'

'Diss has the advantage of really interested local newspapers, a radio station, the community farm and the market is right in the centre of the town that is quite busy on a Saturday,' she added.

A pitch for the farmers' market costs �12 a month, but there is a 50pc discount for the first two months for any new trader.

For more information, contact the Diss Town Council on towncouncil@diss.gov.uk or call 01379 643848.

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