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March 7, 2013

Derry Farmers Market continues through March

There's one more winter market

EAST DERRY — Visitors to the farmers market Saturday had a wide range of options — tea brewed from mushrooms, fresh vegetables, beaded jewelry, quilted bags, soap, maple products and more.

About 25 vendors and artisans filled the Upper Village Hall Saturday. There’s one more chance to shop at the winter market — March 16 — before operations shut down until the summer market opens in June.

The winter market has been successful, market manager Beverly Ferrante said.

“We are getting people from Concord, the Seacoast and even Concord, Mass.,” Ferrante said, “as well as all our surrounding towns.”

Walter Deyo of Derry was meandering around the hall to check out the products.

“It’s nice to get to support the local farmers and vendors,” he said.

Derry residents Ben and Mary Hamblett are market regulars. They said they enjoy the free samples offered as they roam the hall.

“Just to look around, it’s fascinating,” Ben Hamblett said. “The music is always great, too.”

In addition to products and produce being offered for sale, displays provided information about organizations like Community Caregivers of Greater Derry and Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County Inc.

“People like to talk and share,” Ferrante said. “It’s great camaraderie and a good way to get together.”

The final winter market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16. There will be raffles and giveaways.

The summer market returns for its fourth season in June in the McAllister Court parking lot near the town office. The market moved there last summer and Ferrante said the response was favorable.

“This gives us an opportunity to expand,” she said. “We needed to look for a place to grow.”

For more information, visit derry-nh.org, facebook.com/derryfarmersmarket or call Ferrante at 434-8974.

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