365 Things to Do in Memphis #102: Eat Your (Fresh, Locally Grown) Veggies At The Memphis Farmers Market

365 Things to Do in Memphis #102: Eat Your (Fresh, Locally Grown) Veggies At The Memphis Farmers Market

Make mama proud and eat your veggies! Even better, buy those healthy, fresh fruits and veggies directly from the farmers who grow them.

While there are about a dozen local farmers markets, assignment #102 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis list is to try out the Memphis Farmers Market. It's every Saturday morning downtown behind Central Station from April through October.

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Memphis Farmers Market

While some of the other local markets may be less crowded, the Memphis Farmer's Market is a great place to see and be seen while you shop. The market, which was founded in 2006, has dozens of vendors that sell produce, cheese, meats, prepared foods, coffee, baked goods, cut flowers, herbs, and hand-crafted goods.

The selection changes as the season goes on—early in the season, there can be strawberries, lettuces, bok choy and onions, but as the weather gets warmer, look for tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, blackberries, peaches and squash.

people shopping at a farmers market with booths of vegetables under an arched pavilion
Holly Whitfield
stacks of romaine lettuce on a table covered in a brightly colored patchwork tablecloth, a handwritten sign says "Romaine $3"
Holly Whitfield

Memphis Farmers Market Changes For 2021

This year, the market opens on Saturday, April 3rd and will occur each Saturday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. They are going back to the pre-pandemic vendor configuration, with stalls set up under the pavilion, but live music and other activities are still on hold. 

Masks and social distancing are required.

You can now bring your well-behaved leashed dogs into the market, or let your pup hang out at Fido's Field.

There will be rotating lineup of food trucks every weekend.

During non-pandemic times, you can catch acoustic music, cooking demos, and other activities. 

Do I need cash? / Does mfm accept snap?

All Memphis Farmers Market vendors accept cash, and most accept credit, debit, Venmo, PayPal, or CashApp. You can also purchase Market tokens at the info table with a credit/debit card.

SNAP is accepted! From MFM: "SNAP shoppers can swipe their EBT card at the info table to receive tokens, which can be used like cash with all market vendors." Even better news, this year the Memphis Farmers Market has funded an Oh SNAP! program, "where the Memphis Farmers Market will double each SNAP patron’s money, up to $10 per visit."

Check out the Memphis Farmer's Market website for more information.

farmers market booth with buckets of flowers
Holly Whitfield
collection of orange, yellow, white, and one green gourd and pumpkins
Holly Whitfield
Later in the season, you can find all kinds of fall goodies.

Farmers Market Pro Tips:

  • If you want to get the best selection, go as soon as the market opens at 8 a.m.
  • After you shop local at the market, check out some of the shops in the South Main neighborhood—you can make a whole day out of exploring the area.
  • Bring your own cloth bags, you might want to buy more than you think!
Go there:

Memphis Farmers Market

Saturdays April - October, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., free

Central Station Pavilion,
S. Front Street at GE Patterson
Memphis, Tenn. 38104

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