FARM traders are angry their market at the Cheshire Show is to disappear this year.
The farmers' market marquee has been at the show since the time of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001 and was initially run by Monica Haworth, who owns Eddisbury Fruit Farm in Kelsall.
However, she received a letter from show chief executive Nigel Evans telling her it has been scrapped.
Instead, traders will be offered a place in the food hall and, despite a discount, stands will cost twice as much as farmers' market places.
Mrs Haworth said: 'I run farmers' markets professionally and I know what I am doing. I started one at the Cheshire Show after the foot-and-mouth crisis and it went well. However, in about 2003 the show took it over and it changed.'
She has had many leaflets printed stating her stall will be within the farmers' market marquee and said: 'I need to inform my customers of the change, it will cause confusion if they are not told.'
Mr Evans said: 'The farmers' market is an important part of the show and we wanted to give it greater prominence and felt the food hall was the ideal opportunity to facilitate its relocation.
'As an agricultural society and registered charity, we strive to support local farmers and producers at every opportunity. That is why we are offering existing exhibitors from the farmers' market a subsidised rate on the normal trade stand costs.'
But Mrs Haworth added: 'It will not give us greater prominence, none of the traders think it is a good idea to put us within the food hall. What we want is our own identity, under our own banner, but we will not have this.
'The show just does not appear to promote farmers from Cheshire. Even the sponsors I have seen so far are from Lancashire and Cheddar.'