June 14. 2013 11:52PM

Nashua’s Downtown Farmers' Market opens Sunday

Union Leader Correspondent

NASHUA — Opening day for Nashua’s Downtown Farmers’ Market is this weekend, and organizers are hoping for a good crowd to kick off the season.

On Sunday, an estimated 300 people will take advantage of fresh produce, meats and eggs being offered at the weekly farmers’ market, which will be held each Sunday from now until October at the Main Street Bridge.

“We have some new vendors coming this year, so we are really excited to get started,” said Drema Cady of the Farmers’ Market Association of Nashua. “This market is all about keeping it small, local and right within the community. People are looking for quality, and that is what we are providing.”

There will be about 10 vendors offering delicious vegetables, fruits, plants, pastries, breads, candy, ice cream and more, according to Cady, who said all of the items are locally grown or handmade.

“A lot of people already come downtown on Sundays, so we are hoping to draw an even bigger crowd and help out some of the downtown businesses as well,” said Cady.

The farmers’ market is managed by Great American Downtown, with assistance from the Farmers’ Market Association of Nashua.

New this year to the market is Candia Vineyards, which Cady expects will be a strong addition to the offerings.

Country Dreams Farm will have a variety of flowers, herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables.

“We are going to have strawberries, greens and turnips this week,” said Cady. “We are running about two weeks behind on the growing season because of the rain and not enough sun, but we are hoping it will get better.”

Her most popular item is tomatoes, which Cady expects will be another big seller this season once they are ready to be picked.

“This should be one-stop shopping for many people,” she said of the market, explaining Kelly Corner Farm will be on hand offering a variety of meats.

Butternut Farm will be there selling veggies, fruits, goat milk, cheese, eggs and soap, while Klemm’s Bakery will be selling numerous baked goods, breads and cakes.

Simply Delish will have breads and salads, Nutfield Soapworks will be offering unique handmade soaps and lipbalms, and KiKi’s Ice Cream and Sorbet will handle the treats.

In addition to a variety of foods and crafts, musical entertainment will also be on hand for the festivities. Rahel Acoustic Breezes and The New Englanders will take the stage on Sunday. Other performers are slated throughout the summer, including Curly Jones, Amanda McCarthy, Cow Hampshire Folk, Bob Leger, Meg Devlin Irish and more.

Although sidewalk renovations are continuing along Main Street, Cady stressed that the Main Street Bridge construction work is complete, and there should be ample parking nearby on Water Street. She is optimistic the Sunday markets will be able to continue until mid-October.

The first farmers’ market of the season will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the Main Street Bridge.

In the past, there have also been Friday afternoon farmers’ markets in front of Nashua City Hall, but that practice was discontinued last year. Cady said the City Hall farmers’ markets are not expected to resume.