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June 6, 2014

Derry Farmers Market returns to Broadway

DERRY — The market is on the move once again.

The Derry Farmers Market launches its June 18 and it’s coming back to Broadway.

It resumes its summer schedule this month, returning to the downtown after a winter run at Upper Village Hall in East Derry.

The market had planned to move its entire operation to the Upper Village Hall in East Derry, but now its returning to its original space on Broadway to property owned by local businessman Brad Benson and his family.

The market began four years ago, setting up for its inaugural summer season near the Manning Street pocket park and supported with town funds.

That early market plan sprouted from a group of downtown visionaries hoping to upgrade Broadway and offer activities to bring more people downtown.

“We’re back on track this year as far as the original mission for economic development,” market manager Beverly Ferrante said. “It definitely brings a crowd of people.”

The town originally gave financial support to the market, but eventually severed its financial ties.

Ferrante vowed to keep the market going. She found a home and new partnership with the East Derry Village Improvement Society that oversees the historic hall, its operation and upkeep.

But when Benson offered to let the market return to his property this summer, Ferrante made the move.

Since the market left, Benson demolished a former gas station on the site and has no immediate plans to redevelop it.

“My brothers and I realized how important it was to have the market downtown,” he said. “We also are aware of how successful it was downtown and wanted to have that success continue.”

He wants to support the market and help it succeed.

“In my opinion, the market belongs downtown,” he said, “and since the town has not been able to secure space or willing to provide space and funding, we thought we could help.”

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