Farmers Market move would be beneficial

Today, the Downtown Improvement Committee will discuss and decide on a plan to fund the costs associated with moving the Nashua Farmers Market to Main Street.

The proposed relocation plan was presented last week by Great American Downtown, and involves the closure of Main Street between Temple and Pearl streets for the 19 weeks the market will be open.

GAD Executive Director Paul Shea said there are a number of objectives they hope to achieve should they move the event from Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francaise, near the Main Street Bridge and Water Street. One is to improve accessibility of the market, as its current location poses some challenges to for those with disabilities.

Another would be the increased exposure and expanded offerings that would be available if the move indeed happens.

Stores and Main Street likely would see a significant influx of patrons, thereby boosting sales. The increased traffic also would allow many more people – locals and out-of-towners, alike – to partake in the weekly offerings.

Some, though, have voiced concerns about parking and a potential loss of customers if Main Street is closed. With the likely increase in foot traffic – which should be considerable – that point would become moot.

The idea to move the Farmers Market is a good one. It not only will give area residents a chance to buy locally made and produced goods, but it also is a way to showcase the many things our downtown has to offer to those visiting the Gate City.

The citizens of Nashua, whether they realize it or not, are extremely fortunate to have such a vibrant and active downtown district. In many places across the country, cities and towns struggle to keep any businesses going, let alone the dozens we have here. The city is blessed that our downtown is a gathering place and a destination for those who want to buy local.

Really, it’s all about accessibility, convenience and growth. The potential is there. We must take advantage of this opportunity and move the Farmers Market to downtown Nashua for all to enjoy.