Nayland farmers’ market to cease trading after decline

Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events ANL-150302-094241001

Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events ANL-150302-094241001

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Nayland Farmers’ Market will close in December following a steady decline in customers.

When Suffolk Market Events took it over in November 2014 the market had been struggling but with funds made available through the Dedham Vale AONB Sustainable Development Fund its future looked positive and it thrived.

However, the number of customers reduced over recent months and local support was not maintained.

A recent apple pressing event was well attended but Justine Paul, Suffolk Market Events owner, said: “The market cannot survive on increased footfall when there’s an event. The support of local rural markets has to be consistent and sadly we haven’t achieved this at Nayland.”

A meeting was held and most producers together with Ms Paul decided it would cease trading in December.

She said: “I feel really sad Nayland Farmers’ Market is closing. Unfortunately it had become economically unsustainable and we had to make a decision.

“We would like to thank the customers who have shown loyal support and the AONB Sustainable Development Fund for its financial input.”

The last two Nayland markets will be held on Saturday, November 12, and Saturday, December 10, in the village hall. Regular producers will be there with information about other markets in the area.