Farmers markets expanding in Memphis

Farmers markets expanding in Memphis

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:01 pm

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Urban Farms Market in Memphis is offering fresh produce after recently celebrating its grand opening.
Vendors offer fresh produce, locally raised meats, cut flowers, soaps and handmade jewelry. Market manager Rosalie Bouck told The Commercial Appeal that the market was created through the larger Binghamton Development Corp. in order to bring fresh food to the inner city.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Farmers Market held a grand opening for its West Pavilion, a new nearly $300,000 covered market area.
Since opening in 2006 with 20 vendors, the Memphis Farmers Market now has more than 70 vendors.
Bouck said produce will be brought in from the community farm as the growing season progresses.
“A lot of grocery stores won’t come into areas like this,” Bouck said. “We’re trying to make way for a model for a nonprofit food store.”
The store is decorated with a mural done by local artist Danny Broadway and students from St. George’s Independent School in Collierville.
The market and corner store will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays and offer some canned goods, meats and dairy products in addition to produce.
Funding for the new pavilion, which has room for about 20 more vendors, came from a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, $65,000 from the Hyde Foundation and from supporters, said Beth Brock, board chairwoman.

Published in The Messenger 5.17.11

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