Memphis may be known for its rhythm and blues and barbecue, but it is also a great place for fresh produce and homemade goodies. After all, agriculture is in our State’s seal. Memphis has several great local farmer’s markets. A farmer’s market consists of several local vendors selling their garden goods. These items could range from greens, beans, breads, potatoes, tomato, lamb, broccoli, lima beans, desserts galore, squash, bok choy, onions, eggplants, a variety of lettuces, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, plums, cucumbers, greens, fresh flowers, ice creams, meats of all kinds and cuts, farm eggs, brussel sprouts, blueberries, cabbage, and more and more and more. (Of course these items are seasonally grown with no chemicals.)
I have visited 6 Farmer’s Market in the Memphis area with my four kids. Each market contains a great selection of veggies, farm fresh eggs, and the sweetest fruits this side of the Mississippi River! The vendors are friendly and often will give samples of their craft.
Below you will find a few of the Farmer’s Markets:
Saturdays from 8am – 1pm from April thru October
South Front Street and GE Patterson
Every Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm from May 18 – Sept. 21
Cooper Young Farmer’s Market (Year Round)
Every Saturday morning from 8am-1pm
1000 S. Cooper in Midtown Memphis, TN
[WINTER HOURS (NOV-MARCH) 9AM-1PM]
Jones Orchard has 3 locations:
2). 6854 Singleton Parkway (Open daily from 8am-6pm)
3). 7170 Hwy 51 in Millington (Open daily from 8am – 6pm)
Open Saturdays from 8am – 1pm from May – October
5152 Easley Street, Millington, TN 38053
South Memphis Farmer’s Market (Seasonal Outdoor Farmer’s Market)
Open Thursdays from June – October 9am-3pm
1400 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38106
While I feel it’s best to bring cash to the farmer’s market, many of the vendors accept debit cards as well. The farmer’s market has also established a token system that allows customers to purchase small wooden tokens at their Information Table using debit cards. These tokens are used as cash at the vendors. They come in denominations of $1, $5, and $10.
While there may be several Community-supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in our area, there are two that I love: Tubby Creek Farms and Jone’s Orchard.
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a food production and distribution system that connects farmers directly to consumers. In short: people buy “shares” of a farm’s harvest in advance, and then they receive a portion of the crops as they are harvested.
Tubby Creek Farms grows their produce in Ashland, MS. They have Spring, Summer, and Fall CSA’s. Each CSA is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables picked at the peak of their freshness. The Tubby Creek Farms prices range from $234-$325 for the current season of summer shares. Payment options are available with full 3 season. You can pay upfront or in monthly installments. You also have the option to order 1, 2, or all 3 seasons. While they have many pickup locations around the city, my favorite pickup location is the Cooper-Young Farmers Market. I can get loads of fruits and veggies and still shop the market for some artisan favorites.
Jones Orchard, located in Millington, TN, has been popular for their homegrown goods since I can remember. While most people visit the orchard to pick fresh peaches or strawberries, you can also get a multitude of fresh, home grown vegetables. Jones Orchard offers a Summer CSA, half and full shares. Half shares are $400 and full shares are $700. You can pay in 2 installments beginning April 6. And yes, late enrollments are accepted. Just like Tubby Farms Creek, they have several pickup locations for your convenience.
If you are looking for fresh, organic produce to feed your family, you can check out the local farmer’s markets or you can commit to a CSA. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. My kids love visiting the markets to get farm fresh food and then joining me in the kitchen for some family cooking.