, Derry, New Hampshire

September 5, 2013

Derry Farmers Market on the move this fall

By Julie Huss

---- — 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..

Following that decision, Ferrante said she would work hard to make sure the market continued, with or without town support.

Drema Cady said this season’s market has been mostly successful for her and her business.

“But all markets have their ups and downs,” she said.

She credited Ferrante with working hard and caring about the market and its vendors.

Now with plans in place for a winter market and next summer in East Derry, it’s all coming together, Ferrante said. Many of the summer vendors will be part of the winter event.

Next summer, the market will stay at Upper Village, in the hall’s side and rear areas.

Ferrante said she will put focus on all kinds of vendors and artisans. The market will help promote the hall and its mission to be a community focal point and location for concerts, events and gatherings.

“It’s a great partnership (with EDVIS),” she said. “And the market continues.”

The farmers market continues at Manning Street through Sept. 25, Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., then will move to Derry Feed and Supply, 3 Martin St., beginning Oct. 2 and running Wednesdays through Oct. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m.

A winter market will begin in December and run through March on the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To find out more about the farmers market, call Ferrante at 434-8974.