Market move good for downtown

On Sunday, downtown Nashua was abuzz, as thousands of residents and those from far and wide descended on the Farmers Market.

This was the first week for the event – sponsored by Great American Downtown – at its new location. In previous years, the Farmers Market was located at Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise along Water Street.

Moving to Main Street, between Temple and East Pearl streets certainly made a difference, said GAD Executive Director Paul Shea.

He said that 200 to 300 additional people visited the Market, which will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shea expects the Market to only grow, as additional vendors will be joining the 40-plus that were set up on Sunday.

“We can only really accommodate an additional eight to 10 more vendors in this area, then we will have to look to grow further,” he said. “I think what we will see is light growth as the season goes on. We will likely hang in at around 45 or 50 vendors.”

That’s good news not only for the vendors, but also for area residents and downtown businesses.

On Main Street, this event only will grow and become a destination for those looking for healthy, home-grown foods and other Nashua-centric offerings.

Aside from the economic benefit, the more centralized location offers more convenient parking and handicapped accessibility.

Shea and Great American Downtown deserve much praise for their efforts in making this move and for their work to grow the event.

The city of Nashua is fortunate to have such a vibrant downtown and to have events such as these for all to enjoy.