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South Memphis Farmers Market ready for its second coming

The Market, which is located on the northeast corner of Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway East, will operate every Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. through October 27. The Market, which is located on the northeast corner of Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway East on the former site of Carter’s Fish Market, will operate every Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. through October 27. It is the only farmers market from our area to be highlighted on the White House Web site.

This year’s Market will feature fresh vegetables, fruits, jellies, and jams from six area farmers. Among the featured farmers in this year’s Market will be Richardson’s Farm from Senatobia, Miss., and Vu Farms from Bolivar, Tenn.

 Joining these farmers will be MaMa Dee, who will be returning to the Market to sell her signature homemade Italian Ices.

 “The South Memphis Farmers Market offers residents the opportunity to purchase and prepare healthy foods for their families and friends,” said the Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, pastor of St. Andrew A.M.E. Church, whose congregation hosts the Market on their property.

The 2011 market season will offer a number of new services to consumers. First, shoppers will be able to use their SNAP benefits to make purchases at the Market. Second, area non-profits offering child development, health and wellness, and nutrition and exercise services will be distributing information to Market shoppers. Finally, a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational programs will be offered to shoppers each week by area non-profits. Among these will be a monthly children’s story hour to encourage reading and a series of healthy food preparation demonstrations.

All South Memphis residents and leaders are cordially invited to a brief re-dedication ceremony for the Market that will take place on April 21 at 2 p.m. Local and state officials with interests in local foods, health and wellness, and sustainable neighborhoods will be participating in this Grand Re-opening Ceremony.

“The South Memphis Farmers Market has been a blessing to our neighborhood, offering residents an attractive and convenient place to gather and to purchase some of the area’s freshest and most delicious foods,” said Pat Lacey, coordinator of Saint Augustine’s Community Garden.

Individuals interested in becoming venders or representatives of non-profit organizations interested in distributing health and wellness information at the Market are invited to call or email Curtis Thomas, deputy executive director of The Works, at either 901-946-9675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

(For more information regarding the South Memphis Farmers Market, www.somefm.org.)

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