2020 Guide To Memphis Farmers Markets
It’s 2020 and things are different for everybody, including farmers markets. Memphis farmers markets have reinvented themselves to make it safe and secure for us to support local farmers and vendors.
Here’s the guide to Memphis farmers markets, including 2020 info and COVID-19 updates. From seasonal markets to year-round farmers markets, this is your guide to fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, baked goods, prepared foods, and other local goodies.
Open Daily/Most Days
Agricenter Farmers Market
(Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays starting May 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Agricenter International)
The longest-running seasonal market in Tennessee runs from May 19 through October 31, 2020. They plan to be closed on May 25, July 4, and September 7 this year. 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 Instagram here.
COVID-19 updates: The Agricenter says they will be “installing new improvements: and asks “customers to practice social distancing and follow all CDC, local, and state guidelines.” Get the latest on their website.
Winchester Farmers Market
(Daily 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6616 Winchester Rd.)
It’s called a “farmers market”, but it’s really an international, indoor grocery store. This place is amazing. It’s overflowing with a huge selection of foods, including and especially Asian and Latin American cuisine. Think every kind of produce, fresh meats, live seafood, and all manner of international snacks, treats, packaged foods, and other items.
COVID-19 updates: The Winchester Farmers Market doesn’t have an online presence, so please go with the City’s guidelines for social distancing, sanitization, and mask wearing (“strongly encouraged”) as of May 18.
(Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., markets at 7170 Hwy 51 N. and 6850 Singleton Pkwy, both in Millington)
Jones Orchard offers their homegrown apples, berries, plums, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, and more at their two roadside markets in Millington. They also appear regularly at the Memphis Farmers Market, the Cooper Young market, and the Agricenter market. Check out the ripening calendar. Fresh-made jams and homemade pies are available inside their small farmers market and restaurant. They’re on Facebook.
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 when it reopens. The orchard has patches of pick-your-own peaches, blackberries and strawberries, and a pumpkin patch in the fall.
COVID-19 update: Jones Orchard’s two Millington markets are open but the pick-your-own orchards are closed. Follow Jones Orchard on Instagram for updates on stock and availability.
Memphis-Area Farmers Markets Open On Saturdays
Memphis Farmers Market
(Saturdays starting May 16, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. for at-risk shoppers, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., general population, Central Station Pavilion)
The downtown farmer’s market is the most popular farmer’s market in town. For 2020, the market will open on May 16 with social distancing guidelines and new rules—face coverings are required for customers. Shop for fresh produce, flowers, coffee, seafood, prepared foods and handmade goods and support local farmers and vendors! For now, the usual festivities (kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, dog sitting) are on hold.
COVID-19 updates: The first hour of shopping at the Memphis Farmers Market is open for at-risk customers only, capacity will be limited, face coverings are required, you should use the South Front Street entrance only, use pavement markets when shopping, and be sure to check-out when you leave. Please leave pets at home; service animals can attend. For more details, check out the MFM website and Facebook page.
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
(Saturdays, 9 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. You can count on them to support local farmers and vendors even in the winter!
COVID-19 updates: The market has spread out the layout and introduced guidelines for shopping: don’t touch food without asking vendors, don’t shop unless you need food, wash hands frequently, stay six feet away from people, and follow all signs and directions. Check out the latest on their website.
Millington Farmers Market
2020 info TBA
No info yet on the Millington Farmers Market for 2020. Normally, you can shop for local produce and goods, enjoy live music, and learn something new at gardening seminars, Saturdays from May to October on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5152 Easley St., Millington.
Bartlett Station Farmers Market
2020 info TBA
No info yet on the Bartlett Station Farmers Market for 2020. Normally, they offer fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, cooking demonstrations and more on Saturdays from May to October 22 (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon, 2629 Bartlett Blvd) at Freeman Park.
Memphis-Area Farmers Markets Open On Thursdays
Collierville Farmers Market
(open Thursday starting May 28, 9 a.m. – noon, Collierville United Methodist Church)
Pick up fresh, locally grown fruits, veggies, local honey, baked goods, seafood, and other foodstuffs in the rear parking lot of Collierville United Methodist Church on Thursday mornings May through September.
COVID-19 updates: The market will reopen for 2020 on May 28 with reduced hours (9 a.m. to noon) and requires social distancing and other guidelines outlined on their website. Families are encouraged to send one shopper, leave children at home, and wear masks.
South Memphis Farmers Market
(open Thursdays starting June 4, 8 a.m. – 1 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. For 2020, the market will reopen on June 4 with new drive-thru options. You can pre-order your produce online and pickup in the drive-thru, or you can shop directly while in the drive through.
Germantown Farm Park Farmers Market
(Thursdays starting June 11, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., C.O. Franklin Park at 7725 Poplar Pike)
Germantown’s sizable farmer’s market runs from June 11 – August 27, 2020 and September 10 – October 29, 2020. It features dozens of produce, meat, homemade goods flower vendors, plus food trucks, arts, kids’ activities, chef demos, and live music behind the Pickering Center. You can find updates on Farm Park Farmer’s Market by following the City of Germantown on Facebook.
COVID-19 updates: No current updates available.
This post is an updated version of the 2018 guide written by contributor Aisling Maki.
I love farmers markets, but let’s be real. I’m waiting for a pizza farm.
Alas, there are none of those in Memphis yet.
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