Farmer's market season in Memphis has been underway for a couple of months now, and vendors' booths are brimming with loads of summer fruits and veggies by now. Here's a list of places to score locally and regionally grown goodness.
Agricenter Farmers Market (Agricenter International, Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) I love that the Agricenter Farmers Market is open six days a week from May through October. On Saturdays, it opens thirty minutes early at 7 a.m. There is a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and baked goods in housed in the bright red barn-shaped building, and there are plants and flowers sold outside. Follow Agricenter International on Twitter here.
Church Health Center Farmers Market (Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1115 Union Ave.)
The Church Health Center continues their mission of supporting the well-being of Memphis families with their market every Tuesday at the Church Health Center's fitness center from June to October. Find produce, baked goods, and foot trucks. Follow Church Health Center on Twitter here.
Memphis Botanic Gardens Farmers Market (Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Memphis Botanic Gardens)
The weekly market at the Memphis Botanic Gardens is still fairly small, but it's great if you want to stop quickly and pick up something to use for dinner. They've got fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and plants for sale. Admission to the farmer's market is free, and they're open every week from late April through October 28.
Collierville Farmers Market (Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Collierville United Methodist Church)
Pick up fresh, locally-grown fruits, veggies, and other foodstuffs in the rear parking lot of Collerville 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 brings inexpensive, fresh produce to one of the city's biggest food deserts. The market is open every Thursday afternoon until late October, and they accept EBT cards. Follow the SMFM on Twitter here.
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 through August. It features dozens of produce, meat, and homemade goods vendors, plus food trucks, arts, kids' activities, and live music. You can get updates on Farm Park Farmer's Market by following the City of Germantown on Facebook.
Evergreen Community Farmers Market
The Evergreen Community Farmers Market is currently closed while they prepare to change locations (they used to be in front of Evergreen Presbyterian on Thursday afternoons). They plan to reopen in September at Overton Park. You can follow them on Twitter for updates here.
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 has live music, food trucks, kids' activities and free dog sitting. 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, and more each week on Saturdays from May to September 19 at Freeman Park. Follow BSFM on Twitter here.
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Congo parking lot)
The year-round weekly market in Cooper-Young has vendors selling locally-grown fruits and vegetables, meat, plenty of seasonal and handmade items; there are usually a handful of food trucks or carts, plus coffee and occasionally beer. 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 a gardening seminars each Saturday from May to October. You can follow MFM on Facebook here.
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, as well as a small farmers market and restaurant. It's about 30 minutes north of downtown on Highway 51.
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