, Derry, New Hampshire

May 23, 2013

Letter: Questions about Farmers Market from a former councilor

Derry News

---- — Editor’s note: The following is a copy of an email dated May 17 sent by former Derry Town Councilor Janet Fairbanks to Derry Town Administrator John Anderson.


I just read the article in The Eagle-Tribune that quoted you as stating that you had met yesterday with Bev Ferrante and that Bev will be notifying vendors that the Farmers Market will continue, but only for this summer. You had publicly stated at last Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that you would be returning all the monies which the Town had received from the Farmer’s Market Vendors and that there would be no Farmer’s Market.

If the Farmers Market is to continue this upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, there is a zero line item for revenue for the Farmers Market. Again, you have publicly stated not once but twice, that all money which the Town of Derry had received from the Farmers Market Vendors would be returned to them. How do you plan to proceed with the market for the upcoming fiscal year?

Will the Farmers Market be free to the vendors? If so, I think that would be a wonderful idea! A free Farmers Market to vendors would certainly increase the number of vendors, which have been declining in the years since the market’s inception. I would think that if the Town advertised that Derry would be having a free Market to all Vendors this summer, that many farmers and local artisans would participate in it, which would of course attract more shoppers to the market.

If it is your intent to keep the monies from vendors who have prepaid and to charge those vendors that have not yet paid, what will you do with the money? Will you put it in the general fund to offset the tax rate for next year or will you use it to pay the Farmers Market director more money than the Derry Town Council has allocated for her salary for the upcoming fiscal year?

Please advise.

Janet Fairbanks