There is a groundswell of support for a farmers' market in Danvers, but it won't happen this year.
The Salem News reported that the Danvers Rotary Club has
decided to shelve the idea and return to the Board of Selectmen with a “more
comprehensive plan” next year.
Businesspeople were concerned about the market competing with other businesses and C.R. Lyons, who is chairman of the Downtown Improvement Committee, said his board needed more information before deciding whether to support the farmers’ market. The business committee will have a strong influence on whether the selectmen support the idea, reported the Salem News.
Danvers Rotarian Dr. Bill Nolan appeared before the Danvers selectmen earlier this month about the plan that was initially slated for Hobart Street, but then changed to the parking lot across from Town Hall. The plan was for the market to be open on Wednesdays from mid-June to mid-October.
The idea of a Danvers farmers' market got hundreds of likes on the Danvers Patch Facebook page earlier this month. Many people on Facebook spoke in support of the idea, but a few voiced concern about what it would mean to local farms and businesses like Danvers Fresh Marketplace.