5.06.2010

Farmer's Market



I saw this great post on the I Love Memphis blog and thought I'd do a little copy/pasting. I think last weekend was supposed to be the first week of Farmer's Market, but, as you may have heard, the weather last weekend was, um ... crazy, although, certainly nothing compared to other cities in the Mid South. (Thank you everyone that has called or texted for the first time in years to check on me, it's very sweet.) So now, we're officially in growing season--Woohoo!!

(Via I Love Memphis)

- Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market (Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6p.m., Memphis Botanic Gardens)
The Memphis Botanic Garden’s farmers market has vendors set up under tents on a lawn near their plant shop. On a recent visit, vendors were selling organic meat out of freezer trucks (ground sausage, $4.50), tomatoes, cut flowers, Italian Ice, bread, and McCarter’s Coffee. Since it’s a botanic garden farmer’s market, they’ve also got a ton of hanging, potted and seedling plants for sale.
- Cooper Young Farmer’s Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Congregational Church parking lot)
The Cooper Young Farmer’s Market is a newcomer this year. Farmers from all over the Mid-South bring meat, cheese, vegetables and stone-ground grits to the First Congo parking lot. There are also craft vendors and a guy who sharpens knives. As the season goes on, they’ll have more demonstrations and activities for kids.
- Agricenter Farmer’s Market (Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Agricenter)
This suburban farmers market is one of the oldest in Memphis. It’s also one of the largest and most diverse. They’ve got a huge list of vendors that sell a little bit of everything – fruit, vegetables, preserves, coffee, meat, flowers, crafts, and soap. The Agricenter’s market is also the only one in town that’s open all week long.
- Memphis Farmer’s Market (Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Central Station Pavillion)
The Memphis Farmer’s Market (also known as the “downtown farmers market”) is a local favorite. Maybe it’s the free dog sitting, the live music, the cooking demonstrations, or the hula hoops. It could be the large number of vendors selling everything from goat cheese to cucumbers and granola. It’s one of my favorite places to buy flowers – you can get a decent-sized bouquet for $10 – $20.
If you can’t make it to one of the weekly farmer’s markets or don’t want to quit buying local when October rolls around, there are a few other options. There’s a “farmer’s market” on Union Ave. that’s open all week long. They’ve got seafood, meat, vegetables, prepared dinners, cheese straws, and local crafts. The Whitton Farms Trolley Stop Market is set to open mid-May. They’ll have locally grown groceries and a deli counter.




**Garden Update: I've officially got cherry tomato and serrano pepper flowers. I'm already cooking with sweet basil, cilantro and arugula from the yard. I can hardly wait for my lavender to bloom and dry so that I can try my hand at this Savannah Bee Honey & Lavender Tea Bread. Something about cooking with lavender (+ lemon, or honey) makes my knees weak...it seems so fancy and special.

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