Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand to open April 17

April 8, 2009

By Jim Feehan

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NEW — 5 p.m. April 8, 2009

It’s official: The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand will open for another season. The familiar red-and-white big top tent was pitched Monday. Dave Franklin, the owner of the fruit stand, said he would open April 17.

The seasonal stand sells fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, it sells plants and trees for landscaping, as well as Christmas trees and wreaths during the holiday season.

Motorists honked and waved at Franklin and his co-workers as they assembled the tent and made preparations for the opening.

People work to set up the tent for the Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand. — By Jim Feehan

People work to set up the tent for the Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand. — By Jim Feehan

“For people in Newcastle, this is a sign that spring is finally here,” Franklin said. “Kind of like our version of the swallows returning to San Juan, Capistrano.”

Customers will no longer be able to park in front of the business along Newcastle Way, because the area was purchased as part of the downtown bus stop project. Franklin said customers and suppliers with tractor-trailers would share a narrow, gravel parking strip on the east side of the fruit stand.

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