Derry Farmers Market to stay open for summer
DERRY — The Derry Farmers Market will continue through the end of the summer, even with a deep cut to the market director position by the Town Council.
During the council workshops on the fiscal 2014 budget, the market director position, originally budgeted at $21,800, came under a great deal of scrutiny.
Councilor Mark Osborne made an unsuccessful motion to cut the position’s funding down to $5,000 during a workshop meeting, noting that the market’s revenue was about half the director’s salary.
During the final vote on the budget, however, Osborne once again sought to cut the funding for the position. On the second go-round, his motion was successful.
At the time, Town Administrator John Anderson said cutting the funding down to $5,000 for market director Bev Ferrante could effectively end the market. However, the $5,000 will be enough to keep the market in operation for the summer season.
The market has opened in the winter in recent years at various locations, but Anderson said the winter market has not been as popular as the summer market.
“The $5,000 approved by the Town Council will be just enough to have the market operate this summer,” said Anderson. “At this point, there is no money for anything more than this season’s market.”
For the second year, the summer farmers market will take place in the Derry Municipal Center parking lot at 14 Manning Street.
The market will be open every Wednesday from June 19 through Sept. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m.