I Love Memphis 2017 Farmers Market Guide
Ed. Note: Contributor Aisling Maki has updated this annual guide to farmers markets. What are your favorites places to buy local produces and goods in Memphis?
Here’s a list of places to score locally and regionally grown goodness at Memphis and Mid-South farmers markets.
Open Daily/Most Days
Agricenter Farmers Market (Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Agricenter International) The longest-running seasonal market in Tennessee is open six days a week from May through October. On Saturdays, it opens 30 minutes early at 7 a.m. There is a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, baked goods and crafts housed in the bright red barn-shaped building, and plants and flowers are sold outside. Follow Agricenter International on Twitter here.
Winchester Farmers Market (Daily 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6616 Winchester Rd.) With an indoor grocery store set-up, the market features fresh produce, herbs, seafood and ethnic foods, in particular Latin American items.
Jones Orchard (7170 US Highway 51 N, Millington, Tenn.) Those of you who think things are best enjoyed after hard work (or, those of you who are super picky) should make a trip to Jones Orchard. The orchard has patches of pick-your-own peaches, blackberries and strawberries, and a pumpkin patch in the fall. Fresh-made jams and homemade pies are available inside their small farmers market and restaurant. It’s about 30 minutes north of Downtown Memphis on Highway 51. They’re on Facebook.
MFM Squared (Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Court Square) Memphis Farmers Market this season kicks off a new Downtown evening market in Court Square. You’ll still find your favorite vendors from Memphis Farmers Market. When you’re done shopping, you can grab a bite from the food trucks and enjoy live music.
Collierville Farmers Market (Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Collierville United Methodist Church) Pick up fresh, locally grown fruits, veggies, local honey, baked goods and other foodstuffs in the rear parking lot of Collierville United Methodist Church on Thursday mornings from June through the late summer. Follow CFM on Facebook here.
South Memphis Farmers Market (Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1400 Mississippi Blvd.) The South Memphis Farmers Market is an oasis that brings inexpensive, fresh produce to one of the city’s biggest food deserts. The market is open every Thursday afternoon from May until November, and they accept EBT cards. There’s also a store, The Grocer, which sells produce and other groceries from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (they close at 5 p.m. on Saturday). Follow the SMFM on Twitter here.
Overton Park Community Farmers Market (Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., East Parkway Pavilion) Every Thursday from April to October, you can head out to the Pavilion at East Parkway to shop for fresh fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, dairy, breads, baked goods and arts/crafts. Rhodes College Students help organize the market and EBT cards are accepted. Check them out on Facebook for updates.
Germantown Farm Park Farmers Market (Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Bobby Lanier Farm Park) Germantown’s sizable farmer’s market runs from June to early August. It features dozens of produce, meat, homemade goods flower vendors, plus food trucks, arts, kids’ activities, chef demos, and live music. You can find updates on Farm Park Farmer’s Market by following the City of Germantown on Facebook.
Memphis Farmers Market (Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Central Station Pavilion) The downtown farmer’s market is the most popular farmer’s market in town. Every Saturday from April to October, the pavilion is packed with folks buying fresh produce, flowers, coffee, seafood, prepared foods and handmade goods. More than just a market, the MFM features live music, food trucks, kids’ activities and free dog sitting. The season wraps up with a holiday market on December 9. Follow MFM on Twitter here.
Bartlett Station Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon, 2629 Bartlett Blvd., Bartlett) The Bartlett Station Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, cooking demonstrations and more on Saturdays from May to October 8 at Freeman Park. Follow BSFM on Twitter here.
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Congo parking lot) This year-round weekly market in Cooper-Young has vendors selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat, coffee, baked goods, ethnic foods, hot dishes, and handmade jewelry, crafts and other goods. There’s live music and dog sitting is available. Follow CYCFM on Twitter here.
Millington Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5152 Easley St., Millington)
Shop for local produce and goods, enjoy live music, and learn something new at gardening seminars, Saturdays from May to October. You can follow MFM on Facebook here.
While they’re not technically farmers markets in the traditional open-air-market sense, you can pick up super local/regional produce and other goods at Curb Market in the Crosstown Concourse, Easy Way at 814 Mount Moriah in East Memphis, Sprouts in Germantown, and Trolley Stop Market.
There are also a few local CSAs, including Bring It Food Hub. You can buy a subscription for a weekly share of foods from local farms.
Memphis also has a farmers market on wheels, The Green Machine Mobile Food Market. This ministry of St. Patrick’s Community Outreach brings fresh produce to food desert neighborhoods throughout the city.
Did I leave off a market? Just leave me a note in the comments!
About The Contributor
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.