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Letter from the editor | April 2020

Emily Adams Keplinger

 

The annual “Greening of Memphis” is happening. Locally grown produce has been nurtured on area farms and is now making its way to a farmers market near you.  Over the last few years, local farmers markets have sprouted up around town, so much so, that there’s an ample supply of vendors selling produce almost every day of the week. In addition to the various farmers markets, some local farms offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) memberships that are a win-win for the farmers and their customers. Folks can purchase weekly shares of foods and flowers from local farms like Bring It Food Hub, Rose Creek Farms, Tubby Creek Farm and Whitton Farms, then pick up their orders at prearranged locations.

Some of the markets scheduled to start their season in April and May include:

Agricenter Farmers Market - (901) 757-7777: This market is open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., (on Saturdays, it opens 30 minutes early at 7 a.m.) from May through October at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road (Closed on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day).

Bartlett Station Farmers Market - (901) 372-9457: This market is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon, from May 16 through October at Freeman Park, 2629 Bartlett Boulevard.

Collierville Farmers Market - (901) 210-3883: This market is open Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., from May 28 through September 24, in the side parking lot of Collierville United Methodist Church, 454 W. Poplar.

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market - (901) 488-1946: Starting in April, this market is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the south parking lot of First Congo, 1000 S. Cooper.

Memphis Farmers Market - (866) 348-2226: Back and better than ever, this market is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (note the hour later starting time), from April through October at Central Station Pavilion, South Front at G. E. Patterson.

South Memphis Farmers Market - (901) 505-0221: Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., from May through September at 1400 Mississippi Boulevard

And, the addition of food trucks to our culinary landscape has made “dining out” an altogether different experience. With Food Truck Parks that function like rolling food courts, you can go to a centralized place and have your pick from a variety of fare; comfort food, tacos, salads, wraps, Creole, Japanese, Asian fusion, vegetarian, vegan and more. To stay in the know about local food truck vendors and their schedules, download the app “Street Food Finders” or look them up online at https://streetfoodfinder.com/c/TN/Memphis#!vendors.