DERRY — "Derry, New Hampshire, this is your farmer's market."

With that, the ribbon was cut as town officials, local growers and artisans gathered downtown on July 7 for the town's first farmer's market.

About 15 local farmers and other vendors offered freshly picked produce, locally produced baked goods, eggs and plants, all in the name of community pride and downtown spirit.

Market manager Beverly Ferrante welcomed everyone to the opening day.

"It's been a six-month venture," Ferrante said, "but it's something that will be remembered for the rest of my life."

The market was hopping, despite the extreme heat and humidity, bringing in local growers like J&F Farms, Rockingham Acres, Folsom's Sugar House and local artists like wood-turner Paul Dionne, all setting up shop at the Pocket Park.

"It's good to see everybody out today," resident Linda Benson said.

Ferrante said she was happy with the results.

"It is very gratifying to see how the market is bringing our community together," she said. "Merchants, property owners and the farmers have all been very helpful and positive."

The market continues every Wednesday through Oct. 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pocket Park in downtown Derry.

— Julie Huss

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