Farmers market to head indoors, for second year in a row, at the former Alec’s Shoes

NASHUA – With the planned multimillion-dollar Performing Arts Center still not under construction at the former Alec’s Shoes building, the Nashua Farmers Market is slated to head indoors at the facility, 201 Main St., later this month.

On Oct. 27, Great American Downtown and their vendors will move to the indoor venue to continue to serve residents and visitors to the city of Nashua with the Indoor Farmers & Holiday Gift Market.

“This is our second year doing it. We had a lost of success – people really enjoyed being able to pick up their local goods,” Great American Downtown Executive Director Paul Shea said. “It is also a unique spot to pick up unique locally made holiday gifts.”

In 2016 and 2017, the nonprofit partnered with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in a feasibility study through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program. The study found that many consumers wanted to see the market continue into the winter season.

With support from the community, Shea said the indoor market saw great success, leading organizers to continue it for a second year.

Given the nature of the time of year, Shea said some of the food vendors will not participate in the indoor market. However, there will be plenty of vendors providing items such as maple products, honey, breads and baked goods, pastas and sauces from Valicenti Pasta Farm, fish and seasonings.

Other vendors will be there to sell handmade items, crafts and artwork, jewelry, alpaca wool, photographs and paintings, and other visual arts.

“With the success, a lot of our vendors were interested in coming back this year,” Shea said. “I’m thinking we might have half a dozen more vendors than we did for last year’s indoor market.”

With the outdoor market still running during the next two Sundays, Shea said there will be great opportunities for everyone involved.

“It will be a great opportunity to have people spill over during two great coinciding events,” Shea said.

During the run of the indoor market, which will include a special market during the annual Winter Holiday Stroll on Nov. 30, Shea said there will be promotions and events leading up to the holiday season, including visits from Santa Claus himself.

For more information on the market and to keep up to date on vendors and events, visit Great American Downtown’s website; https://downtownnashua.org/, and Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/downtownnashua/.

Mathew Plamondon may be reached at 594-1244, or at mplamondon@nashuatelegraph.com, @telegraph_MatP.