Calls for farmer’s market to be axed

Market Wars: April Wilkinson of The Old bakehouse in Wirksworth is gathering together a petition of traders in the town to protest against the Farmer's Market, which they claim is stealing customers from their shops.

Market Wars: April Wilkinson of The Old bakehouse in Wirksworth is gathering together a petition of traders in the town to protest against the Farmer's Market, which they claim is stealing customers from their shops.

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Traders in Wirksworth are calling for the town’s farmers’ market to be axed amid concerns that it is having a negative effect on their businesses.

A petition has been submitted to Wirksworth Town Council opposing the monthly market held in the town.

April Wilkinson, of The Bakehouse, said she is concerned that the farmers’ market is selling produce already available in town and that income generated does not stay in Wirksworth.

She said: “Common sense tells you that if you bring produce into town that is already sold here, then someone somewhere will suffer – and that is not the way to build a bigger and better town.”

The farmers’ market is run by New Opportunities Wirksworth – in partnership with the town council – and members are ‘surprised’ that some traders have said the market doesn’t help their business.

Alison Clamp, of NOW, said: “We started the farmers’ market up with the intention of encouraging people to shop in our lovely town.

“Many shop keepers have told us that they have seen new shoppers in the town since we started the market.”