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April 12, 2014

A farmers market in Danvers? Not so fast ...


Farmer Bob Connors said he wishes farmers market organizers well, but he would probably not participate.

“I’d like to think I’m meeting all the needs for fresh produce,” he said, noting he has a large farmstand on Valley Road.

“They are everywhere,” Connors said about farmers’ markets on the North Shore. “I’m all for promoting agriculture, whether it’s me or another farmer. I think it’s a great service to the community.”

Peter Gibney, owner of Gibney Gardens and chairman of the town’s Agricultural Commission, said he would gladly participate. Gibney said Wednesdays would work for him, as he attends the Salem market on Thursday afternoons and the Marblehead market on Saturday mornings.

“It’s almost free advertising, as far as I can see,” said Gibney, whose farm on the Danvers/Peabody line includes 25,000 square feet of greenhouses.

“I’m in favor of it,” Gibney said, “and it’s in town. The Danvers farmers should be in it and support it.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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