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1000 Cooper St
Memphis, TN, 38104

Welcome to the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market! We're small but we're like family. You can find us in the parking lot of First Congo every Saturday morning 8am-1pm. Come browse our market for a locally-sourced selection of fresh produce, grass-fed meat, homegrown herbs, warm baked goods, all-natural soaps, fresh-cut flowers, hot coffee and live acoustic music. We are family, kid, and dog-friendly. Visit us this weekend!

It's National Farmers Market Week!

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It's National Farmers Market Week!

Sandy Watson

Have you thought about how much impact a farmers market has on the local economy?  Probably not.  Most visitors to a farmers market are there to find fresh, in-season, locally grown, organic produce, along with other fresh local goods such as meat and eggs.  You can also usually find an assortment of fresh-baked breads, pastries, jams, honey, and even plants and unique artisan gifts.  But what does the farmers market have to do with the economy? 

 For one thing, farmers markets provide income for farmers and producers.  Without an avenue in which to sell their goods, those same people would have no incentive to do what they do, except for just the sheer pleasure of growing vegetables or making a product.  Farm market vendors are entrepreneurs and small-business owners, sometimes working alone, in a co-op, and may even have employees.  They are job creators whose purpose is to provide a homegrown or handmade product to their local community. 

 Secondly, economic impact studies indicate that patrons who attend a farmers market will also patronize other nearby stores and restaurants about 60% of the time.  What that means is, not only are the farm market vendors creating jobs and income for themselves, they are also indirectly helping other nearby venues increase their profits as well.  Patrons will often stop at another nearby store on their way either to or from the farmers market, so in effect, the farmers market is helping to drive traffic to those other locations.

 In a more indirect way, farmers markets are also partly responsible for farmland conservation and urban development.  Land that is used for growing crops is protected from being used for commercial purposes, which has a huge positive environmental impact, and the location of the farm market in urban areas benefits from an increase in property values.

 So the next time you visit the market to pick up your weekly produce, think about how different life would be without our farmers markets!