Memphis Farmers Market Guide 2010
It’s officially farmers market season in the Mid-South. The sun is shining, temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees, and area farmers and craftspeople are bringing their wares to a handful of open-air markets around Memphis.
– Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market (Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6p.m., Memphis Botanic Gardens)
The Memphis Botanic Garden’s farmers market has vendors set up under tents on a lawn near their plant shop. On a recent visit, vendors were selling organic meat out of freezer trucks (ground sausage, $4.50), tomatoes, cut flowers, Italian Ice, bread, and McCarter’s Coffee. Since it’s a botanic garden farmer’s market, they’ve also got a ton of hanging, potted and seedling plants for sale.
– Cooper Young Farmer’s Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Congregational Church parking lot)
The Cooper Young Farmer’s Market is a newcomer this year. Farmers from all over the Mid-South bring meat, cheese, vegetables and stone-ground grits to the First Congo parking lot. There are also craft vendors and a guy who sharpens knives. As the season goes on, they’ll have more demonstrations and activities for kids.
– Agricenter Farmer’s Market (Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Agricenter)
This suburban farmers market is one of the oldest in Memphis. It’s also one of the largest and most diverse. They’ve got a huge list of vendors that sell a little bit of everything – fruit, vegetables, preserves, coffee, meat, flowers, crafts, and soap. The Agricenter’s market is also the only one in town that’s open all week long.
– Memphis Farmer’s Market (Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Central Station Pavillion)
The Memphis Farmer’s Market (also known as the “downtown farmers market”) is a local favorite. Maybe it’s the free dog sitting, the live music, the cooking demonstrations, or the hula hoops. It could be the large number of vendors selling everything from goat cheese to cucumbers and granola. It’s one of my favorite places to buy flowers – you can get a decent-sized bouquet for $10 – $20.
If you can’t make it to one of the weekly farmer’s markets or don’t want to quit buying local when October rolls around, there are a few other options. There’s a “farmer’s market” on Union Ave. that’s open all week long. They’ve got seafood, meat, vegetables, prepared dinners, cheese straws, and local crafts. The Whitton Farms Trolley Stop Market is set to open mid-May. They’ll have locally grown groceries and a deli counter.