There is no better place to find fresh, locally grown produce than the farmers markets around Memphis, especially this time of year, and the Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) is the city’s crown jewel in that category. It’s the largest in the city and has strict vendor regulations, taking the idea of living locally to the next level. Only vendors from the Mid-South region can take part, and all vendors must grow, sell or make their products, no exceptions.
On a recent Saturday morning, we hit the MFM, located at GE Patterson and South Front Street, to scout out the best products, treats and produce to take home or enjoy there. We think you will love these awesome farmers market finds just as much as we do!
9 Memphis Farmers Market FINDS We’re Loving!
Fuel breakfast burrito
Shopping at the farmers market can be exhausting, so it is important to leave time for a quick snack. Fuel Cafe’s food truck serves up farm fresh eggs, Berkshire bacon, grilled cheese, tacos and a variety of seasonal items to shoppers in need of a mid-morning boost. Packed with delicious local ingredients whenever possible, anything on the menu is sure to please, but the “find” at this food truck is the breakfast burrito, $7. This morning snack alone makes heading downtown worth the trip!
So Fresh and So Green cleaning products
The majority of cleaning products found in stores contain harsh chemicals and other ingredients that are likely bad for not only you and your family but for the environment as well. For this reason, we love products used by So Fresh and So Green all the more. So Fresh and So Green is an all-natural housekeeping company, but they sell their natural cleaners at the MFM. Our personal favorite is the “Everything” all-purpose cleaning spray, $6, notable for its lovely citrus smell.
Bonnie Blue Farm goat cheese logs
Not all cheese is made from cow’s milk. Case in point: Bonnie Blue Farm‘s fresh chèvre logs, $6.75 each, which are made with goat’s milk. Choose from plain, Italian herb, rosemary garlic or a spicy Southwest, which includes a kick of chipotle peppers.
Papi Joe’s Tennessee Pepper Sauce
The message on the Papi Joe’s Pepper Sauce bottle reads, “Caution … may be addictive,” and we suggest you take heed because it really is addictive. As Papi says, “A finished product is only as good as it’s ingredients,” so he uses the finest ingredients available, such as the organic tabasco pepper he grows himself. The incredible taste of the pepper sauce, $11 per bottle, can be paired with anything from eggs to poultry, but we recommend trying some of Papi’s recipes, too.
Ripley Produce tomatoes
One of the most popular and plentiful products at any farmers market is produce, but all produce should not be viewed equally. Robert Tims of Ripley Produce sets the bar quite high with his delicious Ripley tomatoes. There are no other tomatoes like a Ripley!
Cooper Street 20/20 prepared food
With a menu featuring everything from traditional pimento cheese to African peanut soup, Cooper Street 20/20 is unbeatable. Everything they offer is pre-made, meaning no work for you, and prices range from $6 to $22 for dips, soups, side dishes and entrées. In addition to the items sold at the MFM, Cooper Street 20/20 takes orders in advance for holidays and other occasions, making it an easy way to give everyone something they love, without giving yourself more work.
Copper baskets by Virginia Fisher
Local artist Virginia Fisher’s “Wish Nests” are the perfect gift for any occasion, from birthdays to graduations. At $23, the petite copper baskets are both affordable and adorable. You can see more of Fisher’s stunning artwork on her Facebook page, or stop by the MFM on Saturday morning to check it out in person.
Girls, Inc. honey
The young women of Girls, Inc. give girl power a whole new meaning. These incredible ladies grow their own produce to sell at the Memphis Farmers Market, but their honey, $5.50, is our personal favorite! Not only are their products tasty, but the feel good factor is there too, as Girls Inc. helps many young women pursue their dreams through their various program, including Youth Farm.
Porcellino’s Craft Butcher spicy beef jerky
If you’re in search of a great local cut, you’ve found your place! Porcellino’s Craft Butcher offers various cuts sourced from Memphis area farms. Although you can’t go wrong with any of the products from Porcellino’s booth, we highly recommend the spicy beef jerky, $10 per package. Proceed cautiously, though. It is very spicy!
Ready to check out the Memphis Farmers Market for yourself? Head to Central Station, GE Patterson and South Front Street in downtown Memphis. Parking is free, and hours are Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April through November 21, rain or shine. Learn more at (866) 348-2226.
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