Shopping for groceries does not always have to be as complicated as the overstuffed megamarket aisles would have you believe. Consider going to one of these Memphis farmers markets instead. Their schedules are seasonal, but farmers markets are an economical and, arguably, healthier choice where fresh wares take center stage. Supporting these venues is also one of the most effective ways to eat local. The entire setting is about community and relationship building between area suppliers, restaurants and consumers. Here are a few farmers markets and farm stands to keep on your weekly shopping list:
Farmers Market at the Agricenter
Dates: Six days a week, May through October
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120
Go for: Fresh produce, seafood, crafts, baked goods, herbs, plants and meat
More info: agricenter.org
Whitehaven Farmer’s Market hosted by Methodist South
Dates: Mondays, July 9 through September
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Methodist South Hospital in front of the Medical Office Complex, 1300 Wesley Dr. Memphis, TN 38116
Go for: Fresh produce, children’s activities, food demonstrations and more
More info: methodisthealth.org
Collierville Farmers Market
Dates: Thursdays, May 31 through October
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Collierville United Methodist Church parking lot, 454 W. Poplar Ave. Collierville, TN 38017
Go for: Fresh produce, herbs, soaps, preserves, flowers and more
More info: colliervillefarmersmarket.org
Farm Park Farmers Market
Dates: Thursdays, June 7 through August 9
Hours: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 2660 Cross Country Drive, Germantown, TN 38138
Go for: Fresh fruits and vegetables, value added and handmade products, live music, chef hosted cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities
More info: thefarmpark.org
Overton Park Community Farmers Market
Dates: Thursdays, April through October
Hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: East Parkway Pavilion, 389 E. Parkway N., Memphis ,TN 38104
Go for: Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade dog treats, prepared foods, SNAP/EBT friendly
More info: overtonparkcfm.org
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Arlington Open Air Market
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, open year-round
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 12016 Walker St., Ste. 101, Arlington, TN 38002
Go for: Fresh produce
More info: agriculture.tn.gov
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
Dates: Saturdays, open year-round
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (March – October); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (November – March)
Where: 1000 Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104
Go for: Fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, flowers, grass-fed meat, natural soaps and live music
More info: cycfarmersmarket.org
Memphis Farmers Market
Dates: Saturdays, April 7 through October
Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: GE Patterson and South Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Go for: Fresh produce, natural skincare, meats, baked goods and more
More info: memphisfarmersmarket.org
Bartlett Station Farmers Market
Dates: Saturdays, May 19 through September 22
Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 2969 Bartlett Boulevard, Bartlett, TN 38134
Go for: Fresh produce, preserves, natural skincare, honey and coffee
More info: bartlettstationfarmersmarket.org
Hernando Farmers Market
Dates: Saturdays, April 21 through September 29
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 2535 Highway 51 South, in the Hernando Court Square, Hernando, MS 38632
Go for: Fresh produce, local dairy and meat products, honey, baked goods, plants, dips, meat and more
More info: cityofhernando.org/farmersmarket
LOCAL ORCHARDS & FARM STANDS
- Jones Orchard in Millington, TN, offers fresh produce and the ability to pick your own as well! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Cedar Hill Farm in Hernando, MS, is open during produce season every Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy your local produce!
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