DERRY — They liked the feel of grass under their feet.
For vendors and visitors to Derry Farmers Market, grass is much better than being on hot pavement.
The market began its summer schedule June 18, returning to the downtown after a winter run at Upper Village Hall in East Derry.
The new location is right on Broadway on property owned by the Benson family. The original market began near that site four years ago.
Market manager Beverly Ferrante said this season will bring new faces and returning favorites. She is thankful to the Benson family for making the offer to have the market on Broadway.
“It’s a beautiful site,” she said. “Opening day was exciting, there was something for everybody.”
Having the market back on grass pleased many vendors and their customers. The main street visibility factor is a bonus. For the past several years, the market was located in a paved parking lot at the municipal center.
“There is something about being on the grass,” Marilyn Bertnicki of Derry said. “I love this location, I will try to come every week. It’s also close to the main road.”
Susanne Bernier-Robinson said bringing the market back to Broadway was a good move.
“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It’s right back downtown.”
The market began four years ago, setting up for its inaugural summer season near the Manning Street pocket park and supported with town funds.
That early market plan sprouted from a group of downtown visionaries hoping to upgrade Broadway and offer activities to bring more people downtown.
The town originally gave financial support to the market, but eventually severed its financial ties.
The market had originally planned to move its entire operation to the East Derry hall, but the downtown opportunity came up at the right time.