DERRY — A popular summer destination has returned to downtown Derry.
Derry’s Homegrown Farm and Artisans Market opened June 2 for its fifth season after last year’s COVID-19 concerns led to a summer hiatus.
The market will run rain or shine, 3 to 7 p.m., every Wednesday for 18 weeks through Sept. 29 at 1 West Broadway, with plenty of free parking available on the street and in nearby lots.
Market organizers said since this is the first season under pandemic conditions, safety will still be a priority.
“While we enjoy making this a fun, community event, the health and safety of patrons, vendors and volunteers will be paramount this year,” a statement read.
Opening day drew big crowds, anxious to enjoy the market once again after the past year's challenges.
The vendors participating this season include many returning favorites selling produce, gifts, meats, eggs, gourmet cheese, loaves of bread, pastries, chocolates, jams, pickles, pasta, sauces, soaps, lotions, wine, beer and much more.
The market will also regularly spotlight local organizations and artisans throughout the summer months.
Derry Homegrown’s mission is to provide local farmers and growers, artisanal bakers, gourmets and craftspeople with a long-term sustainable marketplace for Derry and surrounding communities.