Saturday will see the opening day of the Memphis Farmers Market.
"It's our eighth season, and it's going to be a wonderful day, with warm weather and tons of vendors coming," says Allison Cook with the Farmers Market.
All the usual vendors will be back. You can get fresh seafood and organic beef, fresh veggies, flowers, and art. Some new vendors will feature herb infused oils, sweet bakery treats, and a new food truck to add to the lineup. And, of course, there's the crafts for the kids, and the music.
"It's really an event, come and spend some time here. We also have a wonderful line-up of entertainment. We have partnered with Visible College and they are going to be doing our music program from 7 to 8 each morning," says Cook.
The Memphis Farmers Market, located at Central Station on South Front Street at GE Patterson in the historic South Main District, is open Saturdays from April through October. The market is open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
All of the fun and activity is surrounded by one central goal, providing access to locally grown food. It's a farm to fork mentality you cannot get at the grocery store.
"That's really important, to know where your food comes from," Cook added. "We really pride ourselves at our market, you can come to the farmer, the person that actually grows it, if you want to know, how did you grow this, what type of tomato is that, how should I cook that."
As always, it's first come, first serve, with the good stuff selling out early. The market opens at 7 a.m. This week's seasonal veggies include hydroponic tomatoes, lettuces, and root vegetables.
"It's early in the season, but there will be plenty to take home and make really great food with," says Cook.