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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!

Vendor Spotlight

Kirk Country Farm - Some of the Coolest Chicks Around

Lauren Boyer

Kirk Country Farm is located in Arlington, Tn.  I remember when owner, Lisa Kirk came to the Cooper Young Farmers Market for the first time as a customer.  She has such a wonderful personality and I was glad to meet her.  She introduced herself and we got to talking about farming (as I have a farm as well with my husband, Cris) and we both raise hens for eggs.  She beamed when talking about her "girls" .... the hens of course.  It is obvious she loves raising hens and they are lucky to have her as their momma. 

What is so interesting is that while Kirk Farm's hens spend their days outside in the sun foraging for most of their diet, in the evenings they go back to their hen house which is a SCHOOL BUS!  Lisa's husband bought a school bus and turned it into a hen house.  To move the hens to fresh pasture, Lisa just hops in the driver's seat and drives her girls to a new spot.  

Lisa joined our market this Winter and will be staying on for the Spring/Summer market.  Stop by and say hello and try some of her school bus hen eggs.  

Check out her Facebook page for more info:    FACEBOOK: Kirk Country Farm

 

CYCFM ANNUAL SEED SWAP - 3/4/2017

Lauren Boyer

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017 - 9AM - 1PM (rain or shine)

Get your gardening on at the Annual CYCFM Seed Swap! FREE and open to the public. 
Bring your extra seeds and swap with farmers and gardeners.

No seeds to swap? No problem. $1.00 will get you 4 tickets!

Farmers and experienced gardeners (Including the Memphis Botanic Garden!!) will be on hand for advice on seeding, growing, variety selection and seed saving. 

CYCFM farmers and market friends are donating seeds to the Swap so there will be plenty of varieties to choose from.

Want to bring some seed you have saved yourself? Please include the following information:

  • Variety name
  • Scientific name
  • Date harvested or Seed Company "packaged for" year
  • Stories and notes about your experience with this variety


If you can, please bring seeds to CYCFM in advance of the March 4th event so we can organize and re-package them as needed.

2/11/2017 - VALENTINE MARKET

Lauren Boyer

This Saturday February 11th, come shop for your loved one at the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market & Artisan Faire.  


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FEATURED ARTISANS THIS SATURDAY

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Vendor Spotlight: La Belle Bakery

Lauren Boyer

CYCFM: Tell us a little about yourself - are you a Memphis native?

HOLLY: I'm a Memphis native. I graduated from CBU then attended the French Pastry School in Chicago and studied under world champion bakers.  

CYCFM: Reason for getting into the artisan bread business:

HOLLY: I've always enjoyed baking which is why I went to pastry school. 

CYCFM: How long have you been making breads?

HOLLY:  I've been making breads for five years.

CYCFM: What types of breads/pastries do you usually have available at the market? 

HOLLY: I usually bring our famous White Chocolate Bread, Croissants, Pain au Chocolate, Pain aux Raisin, Almond Croissants, Ham & Cheese Croissants, Baguettes, Sourdough, Ciabatta, German Rye, Spelt, and Shortbread. 

CYCFM: What is your favorite bread to make?

HOLLY: My favorite items to make are the various croissants. 

CYCFM: Tell us about your Christmas French Fruit Bread.

HOLLY: The French Fruit Bread is a traditional French Christmas treat. Used as an energy bar in the Tour de France. Made with Rum soaked Raisins, Dates, Figs, and Apricots. We season it with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom and sweeten it with honey. 

CYCFM: What other breads will be available for the holidays?

HOLLY:  We also have Panettone & Chocolate Panettone for Christmas beginning this weekend. The Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas dessert. Made with Raisins, Candied Lemon Peel, & Candied Orange Peel. The Chocolate Panettone is a delicious take off the traditional one. It's a mixture of dark and milk chocolates and caramelized hazelnut flavors. 

CYCFM: What made you choose the Cooper Young Market?

HOLLY: We chose the Cooper Young Market because it is such a lively and vibrant market no matter if it's 25 degrees outside or a beautiful warm spring day.  

Visit their Facebook Page: :  La Belle European Bakery

 

Meet New Vendor - Cake Occasion

Lauren Boyer

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Meet New Vendor:  Ellen Saba & Cake Occasion

CYCFM:  Tell us a little about yourself

ELLEN:  I was born in Memphis but spent most of my younger years in Charleston, South Carolina.  I moved back to Memphis about 20 yrs. ago.

 CYCFM:  Why did you decide to get into the cake business?

ELLEN:  I got into making cakes because I wanted to make my youngest daughter’s first birthday cake and special cakes for our two older girls.  After a family tragedy, my husband and I decided life was too short to not do something you love.  So with his blessing I quit my full time job and started making cakes.

 CYCFM:  How long have you been baking cakes? 

ELLEN:  I've been making cakes for about five years now. 

CYCFM: What is your favorite cake to make? 

ELLEN: My favorite cake is attached.  It was the first cake I ever made and it was for Bella's first birthday. 

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 CYCFM: What made you choose the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market? 

ELLEN: I choose the CYCFM because it is one of my favorite markets. After years of shopping there, I thought my cakes would make a good addition.  The people who shop there also think a lot like I do when it comes to the food they eat.  I believe in knowing exactly what is in my food, and trying to eat as close as possible to unprocessed foods.  And since my family are the main ones to taste test any recipes I make, I would never feed my customers anything I would not feed my own family.

We Appreciate All of Our Vendors!

Lauren Boyer

Thomas Edison said, "There is no substitute for hard work".  All of our vendors work hard at growing and producing the finest assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy, flowers, bread, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, artisan products and much more every single week.  You can be absolutely sure that bringing these wonderful products to market is a "labor of love"!  So the next time you get to shake the hand of the person who grew your dinner, remember how much hard work and dedication goes in to making sure your family has the cream of the crop on their plates.

Meet the New Market Manager

Lauren Boyer

You may have seen a new face at the market lately, and that face belongs to our new market manager, Kristen Miller.  Kristen also manages the Overton Park farmers market, which takes place on Thursdays from 3-7.

A lifelong Memphian, Kristen has enjoyed many roles over the years, from serving as a Social Worker at St. Peter Manor, to working as a Family Service Counselor at Memphis Funeral Home, and somewhere in between also operated Garden Therapy, an organic soap business. She is a mom to Hayden and Henry who can sometimes be seen scampering around the market.

Q: So how did you come into the role of Market Manager?

A: Gardening and farming is in my blood, having grown up in "the sticks" of Tipton County where my family was known for growing just about anything.  My love of plants sparked my interest in making organic, botanical soaps and I was a vendor at several farmers markets around town.  Little did I know then that that experience would lead me to where I am now!  I had to leave the market circuit for a couple of years to take care of some family business and I've missed it so much; when this opportunity came up, I jumped on it!

Q: So when you're not managing two markets, what do you like to do?

A: Most of my non-work hours are devoted to taking care of my kids and shuttling them around to various activities, but I am also an avid reader and I love to create- crochet, sewing, painting, cooking, baking - you name it.  I also love going to see concerts at the Levitt Shell and walking/hiking the greenline.

Viridian Tea Company

Lauren Boyer

Viridian Tea Company

What is your name: Kimberly Richardson

Where are you from: born in Georgia, yet claim Memphis as my home!

How did you get into tea/tea blends:  I have always been a lover of tea. Last year, I wondered if I could make my own tea and the rest is history. If everyone else was doing it, then why couldn't I? That's how I normally approach matters in my Life.

What is your favorite thing to cook: That's going to be a toss up between mushrooms and patty pan squash! Cooking them together is even better!

What do you do to relax: reading books, taking forest walks, cooking, traveling to new places, spending time with friends, brushing up on my Japanese and French

What is your favorite thing(s) about the CYCFM:  the feeling of family and community. When I first started, I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do, yet when I noticed that the other vendors were kind and helped each other out, I knew I had made the right decision.  You guys rock!

 What is your favorite movie or book: Favourite movie is between The Last Emperor and Lawrence of Arabia. Favourite book is between A Tale of Two Cities and Seven Years in Tibet. 

What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up: Indiana Jones for his sense of adventure. That fascination with him led me to write my own stories as Indiana Kim that, many years later, turned into a book series with my publisher. 

If you could have any superpower what would it be:  The ability to breathe underwater!

What goals do you have for your business in the next year: To have more people enjoy my tea and to expand the company! As of now, my tea is sold in a bookstore in New Orleans, a horror specialty shop in North Carolina, and an art gallery and bookstore here.  I would like to reach more states and even international. Happy Cups!

 

Sandy's Farm

Lauren Boyer

What is your name: Sandy Lee

Where are you from: Medon TN

How did you get into farming:  I grew up farming with my 5 siblings, my mom, So Vu and my dad, Ly Vu since I was 3yrs old. We have been farming in TN for over 30yrs now.

What is your favorite thing to cook: One of my favorite dishes to cook is Pho. It is also one of my friends and family's favorite dishes. It is an Asian beef noodle soup. Some of the vegetables in our farm that we use in our soup are fresh spring onions, mint, cilantro, lettuce, long yard beans, sugar peas, hot Thai peppers, and jalapenos. The soup is delicious!

What do you do to relax:  In our spare time, we love to go fishing!

What are your favorite things about the CYCFM:   A couple of things that I have enjoyed about CYCFM are the new friends that I've made and the sharing of each other's foods and products. The vendors and customers are very friendly!

 What is your favorite book: My favorite book is the Bible.

What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up:  I love Jesus Christ! It is His love and grace for me that have inspired me to be a good and better person every day.

If you could have any superpower what would it be:  I don't think I want any superpowers...lol...It may be too much of a responsibility for me ;)

What goals do you have for your farm in the next year: One of our family goals for the farm next year is to provide more fresh grain and rice for our customers. All the people who have had our fresh and local rice refuse to go back to the store bought rice. Homegrown rice is so delicious and so much healthier!

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share a little bit about my family and me. God bless and have a great day!

Lockard's Produce

Lauren Boyer

CYCFM: Where are you from?

DL: I am from Memphis, TN. My parents and grandparents grew up farming in Glimp, TN and in Ripley , TN.

CYCFM: How did you begin farming?

DL: At age5, it was my dream to become a farmer. I vividly remember how I enjoyed picking greens, pears, tomatoes, okra, feeding the chickens, shelling peas, and rounding up the cows.
When traveling back home, I recall looking up to the sky, saying "God, I want to be a farmer."

CYCFM: What is you favorite crop to grow?

DL: Squash is my favorite crop to grow . The blooms and plant parts grow so beautiful , picture perfect in the rows

CYCFM: What is your favorite crop to eat/cook?

DL: Purple Hull Peas are my favorite.

CYCFM: How do you relax?

DL: I like to take weekend vacations just to relax to drink coffee.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?

DL: I love seeing the variety of products available purchase. It is definitely a market focused on healthy eating, which support our mission- to provide quality produce.

Loch Holland Farm

Lauren Boyer

What is your name: Christopher Peterson

Where are you from: Saulsbury, TN (grew up in Memphis)

How did you get into farming:  Getting into farming was a gradual (though seemingly inevitable) process for me. I've always loved gardening and working with animals, but I didn't start to consider farming until college when two of my friends tricked me into running a community garden that we had started on campus. After grad school, I worked for GrowMemphis for 2.5 years helping to start community gardens around the city. I loved the work, but I really wanted to spend less time in an office and more time working with my hands. When I had the opportunity to lease my grandparents' farm property, my wife and I made the leap.

What is your favorite thing to cook: I really love to grill and/or smoke meat (generally pork and venison these days) with and for friends.

What do you do to relax: I spend any free time I have outside: hiking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with my dogs. 

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM:  I'm excited to be a vendor in my old neighborhood. It's wonderful to be able to maintain that connection after moving away. 

 What is your favorite movie or book: The Hobbit (book, not movie. The movie was terrible).

What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up: My mom. She introduced me to gardening, taught me how to write, and started me on hiking around the age of 5.

If you could have any superpower what would it be:  The ability to function without sleep. Or to be able to fly. 

What goals do you have for your farm in the next year: We're really focusing on the quality of our soil and pasture in the next year. In addition to improving our rotational grazing, we hope to be able to reduce the amount of outside feed we have to buy, especially in the winter, and to knock back the invasive overgrowth like privet and kudzu on the farm. 

Jack's Farmacy

Lauren Boyer

What is your name:  Jack Bickerest

Where are you from: Born and raised in Louisville KY

How did you get into farming:  In 2008, the housing market crashed and as a general contractor it hurt my business. I decided I would at least eat and started growing my food in raised beds and it just grew from there. I went from raised beds to raised rows. I love it, even the insect infested failures had a lesson.

How did you get into gourd critters: There are a couple of gourd artists that inspired me. You should check them out. Robert Rivera and Patricia Boyd. The critters came from running the wolf river trails and all that I would see. Those images rattle around in my head from time to time.

What is your favorite thing to cook:  My favorite dish is a pan fried tilapia garnished wiht a grapefruit, fennel, and black olive salad...makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

What do you do to relax:  I like watching documentaries.

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM:  The best things about CYCFM are the regulars that become friends and the vendors. It’s a party! The first time I participated at CYCFM I was really impressed with the welcome from Delta Sol and Tubby Creek Farms.

 What is your favorite book: One of my favorite books is ‘Maiden Voyage’ by Tanyia Abei.  An 18 year old dropout who sails around the world.

What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up:  From the age of 13 to 20 I used to spend 3 weeks each summer in NYC visiting my Uncle. He was my cultural guide and we toured every museum and art gallery in the city. Henry Moore and Alexander Calder are my favorites.

If you could have any superpower what would it be:  I would like to be able to clone myself. There are so many things to do or try and it would be wonderful to head off in different directions.

What goals do you have for your farm in the next year: After meeting and reading Jean-Martin Fortier I am converting my layout to JM’s methodology. New equipment, new greenhouse expansion. Super excited and come on ground- Dry out!

Lazy Dog Farms

Lauren Boyer

Lazy Dog Farms

What is your name: Bruce

Where are you from: Ohio

How did you get into farming:  we were looking for land to get away to and it snowballed into starting a farm.

What is your favorite thing to cook: whatever we have available.  We enjoy using the fresh ingredients from the farm and experimenting.

What do you do to relax: what's that?

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM:   the community is hands down the best.

An Evening With Joel Salatin

Lauren Boyer

Saturday night at 7pm, the CYCFM and CBU,  UP UP Farm Film Festival,  and Small Farms for Big Change, welcome Joel Salatin for the screening of Polyfaces.

Joel will follow the film with a discussion and Q&A session. He will also be selling and signing his books (you can even bring an old book to be signed as well). There will be a reception after the Q&A session in conjunction with the book signing.

University Theater is in the southwest corner of campus. Entrance is from Central Ave. Any of the parking lots marked P or F can be used for this event.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2506018. Admission is free for CBU students with student ID.

Introducing our 2016 Interim Market Manager

Lauren Boyer

Leanilda’ Lea’ Andreuccetti is a born and bred Memphian, stemming from a long line of farmers and gardeners. Lea has volunteered with the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market off and on for the past couple years, and has stood in as the salesperson for West Wind Farms for the past few months. She steps into the position of Interim Market Manager with a devotion to our community and our farmers, striving to close the gap between the farm and your table.

6th Annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference

Lauren Boyer

Memphis, TN,--The Sixth Annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference is scheduled for February 15, 2016 at the Eugene Woods Civic Center in West Memphis, AR. Established with the vision that thriving local food systems will support agricultural livelihoods, improve access to fresh produce, encourage an individual's healthy food diet, and stimulate job creation and economic development, the gathering invites farmers, consumers, food entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens to attend.

The 2016 gathering will focus specifically on the needs and challenges of food production and sale throughout the Mid-South. The goal is to build a better local food system one that supports profitable small-scale agriculture, fosters a thriving local food economy, and shares healthy food equitably. Keynote speaker is Rebecca Thistlethwaite, a farmworker, agricultural researcher, business owner, author, and consultant to farms of all sizes. Her presentation will address production, marketing, business with a highlight on her new book, "The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat."

 

In 2015, Thistlethwaite published, "The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat." She will be conducting a reading and book signing from this book at Laurelwood Booksellers on February 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Her first title, "Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business" was published in 2013 and was very well-received.

 

She will be presenting two sessions at the Farm to Table Conference: Creative Financing for Farmers; and The Business of Ethical Meat.

6th Annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference

Monday, February 15, 2016

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Eugene Woods Civic Center

228 Polk Ave

West Memphis, AR 72301

 

 

Roots Memphis Presents Rebecca Thistlethwaite at Booksellers at Laurelwood

Sunday, February 14, 2016

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

387 Perkins Road Extended

Laurelwood Plaza

Memphis, TN 38117

 

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537671

http://www.thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com/event/roots-memphis-presents-rebecca-thistlethwaite

https://www.facebook.com/farmtotablemidsouth

 

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Introducing our 2016 Interim Market Manager

Lauren Boyer

Leanilda’ Lea’ Andreuccetti is a born and bred Memphian, stemming from a long line of farmers and gardeners. Lea has volunteered with the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market off and on for the past couple years, and has stood in as the salesperson for West Wind Farms for the past few months. She steps into the position of Interim Market Manager with a devotion to our community and our farmers, striving to close the gap between the farm and your table.

North Memphis Farmers Collective

Lauren Boyer

What is your name: Nathaniel Davis Jr.

Where are you from: Memphis

How did you get into farming:  Inspired by a Neighbor who was a truck farmer

What is your favorite thing to cook: BBQ

What do you do to relax:  Fishing

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM:   Atmosphere and interaction with customers

What is your favorite movie: Fountainhead

What band/artist most inspired you growing up:  Pat Metheny

If you could have any superpower what would it be:  Super Human Strength

I hear you have a project in the works, how can people help: I want to extend the growing season and use the greenhouse as a neighborhood location to share with the people around me the process and joy in starting plants early in the year.

https://www.ioby.org/project/growing-springdale
 

Cold Comfort

Lauren Boyer

What is your name: Steve Fulwood

Where are you from: Memphis, TN

How did you get into farming: I grew up around my two grandfathers who both farmed. Most all my aunts and uncles gardened on some scale. I have had a garden whenever I could and planned to grow for market when I retired. My branch of the insurance company I work for closed in 2011 so I pursued my dream.

What is your favorite thing to cook: Spaghetti sauce with heirloom tomatoes

What do you do to relax: Reading and playing guitar

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM: The sense of community between the vendors and the very many regulars who are a part of the market week in and week out

What is your favorite movie: The Bishops Wife

What band/artist most inspired you growing up: The Beatles

If you could have any superpower what would it be: Flight