By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The Derry Farmers Market opened Saturday at its new official location at Upper Village Hall in East Derry. Since official ties with the town were cut this summer, the historic hall will now support the market during the winter and next summer as well.
It’s a new partnership between the building, its strong volunteer corps and the market that needed to find a new home.
Although opening day started out slow, market manager Bev Ferrante said up to 20 vendors had signed on for the winter season.
Having the market at the hall is a two-way street when it comes to support.
The East Derry Village Improvement Society took over ownership of the building several years ago when it was in great need of repair. Through volunteer work and many community donations, the hall is now becoming a community focal point again and is opening its doors to many groups and organizations that want to use the space.
Ferrante now serves on the group’s board of directors.
She said the hall is still undergoing projects to continue its restoration work. Upcoming projects include working on windows and eventually the hall’s great room will have a stage. There will landscaping done around the building with materials and manpower all donated.
“And more people are renting the hall than ever before,” she said.
The market’s East Derry home will bring in a wide variety of vendors in the months ahead to help support the life of the hall.
Some vendors taking part this winter include Sweet Pea jewelry, Seafood Express, Nomad Bakery, and LaValley Farms.
The next market is Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 434-8974 for information or visit the market at uppervillagehall.org.