Farmers Market Finds: Three Pickles and a Jam
The Memphis Botanic Gardens Farmers Market is pretty great. It’s small without sacrificing selection, and it convieniently timed for the middle of the week, when you’ve probably already eaten everything you bought at the weekend markets.
I got a tip last week that it’s also a great place to buy homemade pickles.
Here’s what I bought today from top to bottom:
– Sweet Tea Jam from Flora Gardens: Have you ever had Firefly (you know, that sweet tea liquor)? This jam tastes exactly like that, minus the alcohol. I can’t wait to spread this on English muffins and/or eat it with a spoon. ($5)
– Spring Kimchi from Flora Gardens: The farmer selling it described it as “more Mississippi kimchi than Korean kimchi”, and, being a kimchi virgin, I wouldn’t know the difference. Whatever it is, I like it. It’s light and acidic, with a slow-burn kind of spiciness. ($3)
– Dill Pickles from Russell and Sons Trading Co.: Whenever I see “and sons” in a business’ name, I always wonder if there really are sons. In this case, there are, as both father and son were working the booth at the market today. They were selling several different kinds of jelly and pickles (including pickled green tomatoes and pickled green beans), but I kept it simple with these classic, thick-cut tart dill pickles. They would be perfect on a burger. ($6)
– Bread and butter pickles, also from Russell and Sons Trading Co.: Russell and Sons’ semi-sweet bread and butter pickles are sliced a little thinner than their dills, and they share their jar space with some thick onion slices that you shouldn’t ignore. ($6)
All of these things (and much, much more) can be found at the farmers market at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, which happens every Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
750 Cherry Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117