921: Farmers’ markets and traditional retail markets

This paper is taken from the report “Market Failure? Can the Traditional Market Survive?” from the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Committee (CLGC) and from the government response

Year of Publication2009

Farmers markets provide an opportunity for farmers to sell their products direct, and attract new, more affluent customers into towns. They have helped to rekindle food production skills such as the development of artisan cheeses, to bring younger entrants into the industry, to increase local employment, to bring farmers and small scale producers together and help to bring ‘rural’ to urban areas. They encourage the purchase of local food. There are tensions between farmers’ markets and older markets arising out of councils subsidising farmers’ markets, with market charters preventing farmers’ markets being held and about integrating farmers’ markets with older markets.

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