DERRY — The downtown will once again have a summer market offering freshly-grown produce, handcrafted items and plenty of community spirit.
Derry's Homegrown Farm and Artisan market opens for business on Wednesday, June 7, at 1 West Broadway.
The weekly farmer's market will run for 16 weeks through Sept. 20 and is open 3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Market organizers and supporters want the market to give a boost to the downtown while offering local products, homegrown produce, artisan demonstrations and many vendors selling their unique goods and products.
A new group formed to bring a downtown market back to Broadway. The nonprofit group is run by a board of directors and is registered with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and Secretary of State's office.
The town has been without a downtown market for several years and organizers of the new market hope this effort will support not only the vendors attending, but also the downtown businesses.
"This is going to be great for the downtown to increase foot traffic," Terri Pastori, a market supporter and chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, said at a meeting earlier this year.
She said the market organization effort 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.
And so far, a commendable list of farmers, artisans and local businesses from all over the region are lined up and ready to offer their products in Derry every Wednesday.
Products to be sold including fresh farm produce, soaps, meats, eggs, milk, maple syrup, pickles oils, vinegars, breads and much more.
Some of those featured include Anderson's Mini Maples, Deerfield; Baucis and Philemon Farm, Derry; Celeste Oliva, Concord; Debbie D's Homemade, Epping; Nomad Bakery, Derry; Normanton Farms, Litchfield; Fresh Start Farm, Manchester; Blackwater Mustard Co., Contoocook; and Benedikt Dairy, Goffstown, to name a few.
The weekly market will also feature local entertainment including musicians, singers, and other artists showing off their talents.
Area artists already booked for specific market dates include Susan Hanna, Sharon Allen and Wendy Wetherbee.
Market organizer Neil Wetherbee said everyone is excited about getting the market started. He also credited all the support from residents, vendors and local businesses.
Wetherbee said the new market will be unique, with the traditional produce offered by area growers, but also emphasis on children's activities run by volunteers and organizations and special performers like balloon artist Joe Tombarello of Silly Solutions and live music provided by Let's Play Music and Song of the Lark.
"Also given that this is a brand new market, the faith and excitement of the vendors has been inspiring as well," Wetherbee said. "Many vendors have already signed up for the entire season which is a huge leap of faith and commitment to something that is a brand new venture. But I think they see the potential that this market has and they really want to be on board."
Wetherbee also noted, from a personal perspective, that he found a lot of care and support offered by being involved in the market's planning.
"This is one of the best groups of volunteers I've ever had the privilege of working with," he said. "It's a very diverse group and everyone has taken on their own various interests and areas of expertise and just run with it," he said. "I think it's really going to show in the final product that everyone will see on June 7."
Information on the Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan market is available at the market's page on Facebook or at derryhomegrown.org.
Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market
When: Every Wednesday beginning June 7, held rain or shine, 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: 1 West Broadway
Info: Visit derryhomegrown.org, or call 548-3935.