DERRY — The downtown will once again have a summer farmers market offering locally-grown produce, handcrafted items and plenty of community spirit.
A group of citizens is working to resurrect the town's market, slated to open this summer.
A former market effort dissolved after being a presence downtown for several years. It's time to upstart a new market mission, organizers say.
"And it's another initiative to promote downtown commerce," market organizer Terri Pastori said during a Town Council meeting Jan. 24.
Pastori also serves as chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, a group working on promoting what's best about Derry while also focusing on the future and how to spark economic development on Broadway and beyond.
She said the market organization effort, known as the Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market, is made up of a diverse group of people — residents, PTA members, artists, farmers — all hoping to bring a new, renewed interest in a downtown summer market.
Derry's downtown market ended after the 2015 season.
Pastori said the group is looking to launch the new market this June and already has a list of vendors lined up to come to the market, including artisans, growers, and other local specialty business owners.
The weekly market will also feature local entertainment including musicians, singers, and other artists showing off their talents.
The Town Council put its support behind the market plan, and put a measure in place to waive certain fees that were put upon the previous market's vendors, but with safety and healthy measures still topping the list.
That will help get the market off the ground, Pastori said, adding there still needs to be oversight to make it a success.
"We are doing this because we believe in it," she said. "We really want this to be an event every week that people will go out of their way to come to."
Council Chairman Brian Chirichiello said he is happy to see the market plan in place.
"I'm really happy this is coming back," he said.
More definitive information on the market will be released once all is officially in place. Visit derryhomegrown.org for updates and information.