The Bartlett Station Farmer’s Market returned for the summer season Saturday, June 13, at a temporary location in the Bartlett Public Library’s overflow parking, 5980 Stage Road.
The market had been held in a parking lot at Freeman Park the past 10 years, but it moved this year because that parking lot is being used as a COVID-19 testing site.
Next month, the market will move to the new A. Keith McDonald Pavilion, which is under construction at Freeman Park.
“So far, it’s been great. We’ve had a good crowd today. We’re really pleased with it,” Bartlett Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Kathy Carl said about opening day Saturday. Carl heads the market advisory committee. “We’re handing out gloves and masks for anybody that doesn’t have one.”
New COVID-19 guidelines include asking customers to not touch products before buying, to maintain six feet of social distance and to wear a mask while inside the market. Arrows on the ground kept foot traffic moving in one direction.
The area, which stretches from Bartlett High across the railroad tracks into the heart of town and down Stage Road past Bartlett Boulevard, was referred to as Old Bartlett before it was rebranded during the late 1990s. Freeman Park is part of Bartlett Station.
“We’re very excited to be back out, and I’m looking forward to more,” said Wake the Hell Up! owner and Bartlett resident Joseph Cavallo, who runs the business with his granddaughter, Tatum King. “Meeting the people is simply a delight, and seeing that they like the product just makes it that much more worthwhile.”
They sell ultra-caffeinated coffee and other blends and plan to start doing many more local flea markets and other special events this year.
The Bartlett Station Farmer’s Market will run this year through the end of October, open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday.
“We look forward to a prosperous year coming up,” Cavallo said. “Yes, there are a lot of hurdles that we will all have to jump through, but I’m optimistic.”
The Bartlett Station Commission also organizes the Movies in the Park series at Freeman Park, which will return this year.
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