, Derry, New Hampshire


September 5, 2013

Derry Farmers Market on the move this fall

DERRY — It’s a market on the move.

When the Derry Farmers Market ends its Manning Street run for the season on Sept. 25, the market finds a temporary new home at Derry Feed and Supply on Martin Street.

Market manager Beverly Ferrante said Derry Feed owner Bud Evans offered to host the market for four Wednesdays in October.

That gives market fans a few more weeks to enjoy late-season produce and other items.

Evans said he was happy to offer his parking lot so the market could continue.

“I am very happy to do it,” he said. “I want them to be as successful as possible.”

After that, it’s time for the annual winter market at Upper Village Hall in East Derry, beginning in December.

Ferrante said the market will eventually make the historic hall home. That includes next summer’s event.

“It’s exciting,” she said of the partnership now forged between the market and the East Derry Village Improvement Society, which oversees the historic hall.

EDVIS will be the official sponsor of the market, Ferrante said. She called it a great partnership and good for keeping a farmers market in town.

This summer’s market brought in up to 30 vendors, some coming every week, some only signing on for part of the season.

“It’s a good group,” Ferrante said. “They also promote each other.”

Once the Manning Street market ends, Ferrante said, she has about six vendors moving over to Martin Street for October.

That includes Drema and Patrick Cady, owners of Country Dreams Farm in Nashua, regular summer market growers who offer fresh produce.

They will be one of the vendors following Ferrante to the new location.

The fourth annual market began in June on a positive note, even after the town voted to cut its support of the community event from $20,800 to $5,000 for this fiscal year..

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