Farmers Market Finds: Three Pickles and a Jam

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 22nd 2013 1754 0

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.

Go there:

Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

750 Cherry Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. snarky says:

    Both halves of a couple must eat kimchi, or else the abstainer will think her partner reeks.  If they both chow down on the fermented cabbage, they will remain together forever, for no one else will get near them.

  2. Rachel says:

    I love Russell and Sons Trading Co. They came to the Farmer's Market we had a Rhodes a few times. Their strawberry jam is AMAZING. 

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