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Big new season on tap for Bartlett Station Farmers Market

New vendors and other activities should make the Bartlett Station Farmers Market opening on Saturday, May 21, one for the books.

The annual farmers market at A. Keith McDonald Pavilion in W.J. Freeman Park will open for the season from 8 a.m. to noon and remain open every Saturday through Sept. 24. Vendors will have a variety of fruits and vegetables, jellies, plants, flowers, baked goods, seafood, artisan coffee, fresh chips and dips, fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade, and much more.

For its season grand opening, the Bartlett Library will be on site with story time and there will be a car show, live music and vendors of all kinds providing everything from home grown produce to wood crafts to flowers and baked goods. Chick-fil-A and Bartlett Coffee are among the local businesses that will be on hand as well.

“We’re very excited and look forward to a wonderful 2022,” said Lyn Whitson, market manager for the Bartlett Station Farmers Market.

There will be 30 vendors on hand for the opening Saturday and 37 vendors total signed up for the 2022 season. Only foods grown in and around Memphis-Shelby County can be sold there, so items such as tomatoes, for example, won’t be available the first weekend because they aren’t ready yet.

As a rule, the market provides 80 percent food and 20 percent non-food items such as crafts, but Saturday, June 18, will be Crafts Show day at the farmers market and there will be many more craft makers on hand. The market will be open longer hours on June 18 as well, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’ll have more non-food vendors that one week and it will be a longer day,” Whitson said.

Coming up on Saturday, July 2, will be a children’s parade, Whitson added, but more details on that will be forthcoming.

New vendors for the 2022 season include The Flower Farm, Chick-fil-A, Mamaw Melton’s Heirlooms, Red Lizard, Rhodes Farm, Dough Rye Me, and Brooklyn Cheesecake Factory.

The other vendors are:

– Donna’s Kettle Corn

– M’s Farms, Inc.

– Lutheran Women in Mission

– Marla’s Garden

– Deer Creek Farms

– Howard Creek Honey

– Bartlett Coffee, aka Wake the Hell Up Coffee

– The Garden

– Skye’s the Limit

– The Tea Bar 901

– Purple Patch Farm

– Big Momma’s & Granny’s

– Buttercream Bakery

– Transition Candle Co.

– Pink Magnolia Cookie Co.

– Patricia Dunn

– Baskins Blooming Acres

– Closet Floof

– Las Delicia’s

– Barn Owl Woodworks

– The Sift Bakery

– MeMe’s Suga Skins

– Lockard Farms

– Nana’s Pudding

– D & R Farm

– Love Thy Loofah

– Ripley Produce

– Artsy Kinda Girl

– Grind City Woodworks

The first Saturday, seven of the 37 vendors will not be on site, including Rhodes Farm, Dough Rye Me, Ripley Produce, Lockard Farms, Las Delicia’s, Skye’s the Limit, and Howard Creek Honey.

This Saturday is also Kids to Parks Day from 9 a.m. to noon at Freeman Park, so a crowd of parents and their children are expected to be at the park Saturday morning as well. There will be dozens of kites available for visitors to fly as part of Kids to Parks Day.

For more information about the farmers market, follow Bartlett Station Farmers Market on Facebook or call the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce at 901-372-9457.

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