New Location For Berlin Farmer’s Market

BERLIN – The Berlin Farmers Market will have a new location when it launches its second season this May.
The market, which operated on Artisans Green last year, will be located on Pitts Street this year. The market will be set up on the street, a portion of which will be closed on Sundays, as well as in the parking lot around J & M Meat Market.

“This location is more accessible and more visible,” said Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director.

Wells said the new location would save the town money, as there was no rental fee like there was on Artisans Green, and that it would be more ADA accessible. Taylor Bank is now a sponsor of the market, as it has donated use of the parking area. To provide even more space, the market will also occupy the section of Pitts Street between William Street and Toy Town.

“We weren’t going to close Pitts Street at first, but then after several discussions we realized that there’s a lot of kids that come to the farmers market,” Wells said. “If they run out in Pitts and we have that road open, it’s probably not going to be good.”

With the road closure, live music will be set up in the street in front of the Burley Inn Tavern. Wells said the street closure would also allow space for a few more vendors, though the market is nearly already full.

“I think I have maybe two spots left,” she said.

She pointed out that there had been numerous requests for meat at last year’s market. Those requests can now be accommodated by J & M Meat Market, which will be open during market hours.

“Instead of bringing the butcher to the market I brought the market to the butcher,” Wells said.

She said the connections of Burley Inn Tavern were also thrilled to see the market outside their door.

“They’re very excited about the new location,” she said.

The market begins May 5 and will run until the end of September. It’s open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sunday.

About The Author: Charlene Sharpe

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Charlene Sharpe has been with The Dispatch since 2014. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the University of Richmond, she spent seven years with the Delmarva Media Group before joining the team at The Dispatch.