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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

Delta Sol

Sandy Watson

What is your name: Brandon Pugh

Where are you from: Proctor, AR

How did you get into farming: Being a dirty, stinky hippie, then it just sort of all made sense and fell into place.

What is your favorite thing to cook: I like making chili, the dork kind (deer + pork = dork). I also make greens all the time and baked hella eggplant this summer.  Pesto is a good one too.

What do you do to relax: I read all the time, and the beach is kind of the best. Walking on the levee is nice for chill time also.

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM: I love the market because we all kind of run the show, we work together to make it happen. I've been with the market since the beginning and I'm proud of where we are.

What is your favorite movie: Dirty Dancing.

What band/artist most inspired you growing up: Grateful Dead/The indigo Girls

If you could have any superpower what would it be: Go to Greece during the summer, or travel way more. 

Farm House Barkery

Sandy Watson

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Where are you from: Newbern, TN. We  went to High School together, married in college and have been in and around different parts of the country, but when my parents died, we moved back to Newbern to manage our Farm that has been in our family since 1890. He works out of the home and I manage the Farm and follow my passion of baking for the Pups.

How did you get into dog treats: We lost 2 pups to tainted dog treats from China, and from that loss, I swore our pups would never eat another store bought treat. When I gave some to our vet as a thank you, he encouraged me to start a business. I thought he was crazy because I was working full time as a nurse, but eventually came around and tried it. 4 years later, loving it and passing it on by donating quarterly to 4 charities through our business: Dyer Co Relay for Life, Streetdog Foundation of Memphis, Carroll Co Humane Society, and Country Road Animal Rescue. We believe it's important to have a purpose in everything you do.

What is your favorite "human" food to cook: salsa!!!!! Love love love fresh salsa!!! YUM!!!

What do you do to relax: I love walking our pups on our farm in an area with no human sounds...best time ever!

What is your favorite things about the CYCFM: the spirit of family and knowing how everyone puts their heart and soul into the products they sell. 

Common Hills Clay

Sandy Watson

This week, meet Jeanine Hill of Common Hills Clay!

CYCFM: Where are you from?
JH: I was born in New Mexico, and raised in Vermont.

CYCFM: How did you begin working with ceramics?
JH: I started working in clay in high school up in Vermont. I was lucky enough to have an amazing teacher, Ms. Wendy James, who really encouraged her students to make work and to use it as a way of navigating the world. This is what drew me to clay, because of its ability to retain memories.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of our job?
JH: I have spent the latter years of my life making art work and teaching others how to make art work as well. And this is valuable. I am grateful to have the chance to see that creative spark light up not only within myself but within my students too.

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to eat/cook?
JH: My husband and I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables so we make a lot of salads. And there is nothing better than a big salad made with local produce put together in a bowl made with someone else's hands. 

CYCFM: What do you do to relax:
JH: I practice yoga and I read a lot.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?
JH: I really enjoy meeting new people, being in an environment where community members are supporting one another and I really enjoy sharing a small portion of my life, i.e., pottery, with others. 

 

Fresh Grind

Sandy Watson

This week, meet Angel Jackson of Fresh Grind.

CYCFM: Where are you from?

AJ: I'm from Atlanta, GA. Kevin, my husband, was born here in Memphis.

CYCFM: When and why did you begin juicing?

AJ:  I started juicing about two years ago after finding out how people reversed serious deficiencies, even cancer, by juicing.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of running a smoothie truck?

AJ: I love the people at the Cooper Young Farmers Market best. They are so encouraging and friendly.

CYCFM: What is your favorite drink to juice?

AJ: My favorite smoothie at the moment is strawberry shortcake- the dates and flaxseed are better than the original.

CYCFM: How do you relax?

AJ: Read the Bible, look at Youtube videos, play board games with my family.

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

AJ: The people at CYCFM are the best!

Lockard's Produce

Sandy Watson

    This week, meet Debra Lockard of Lockard's Produce.

 

This week, meet Debra Lockard of Lockard's Produce.

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 age  5, 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.
 

 

 

Lingotopia

Sandy Watson

This week, get to know Lisa and Jonathan Lingo of LIngotopia!

CYCFM: Where are you from?

LL: Lingotopia is a joint effort in the Lingo household. Jonathan is from Texas, Lisa is from North Carolina, and Lisa's mom, aka "Granny," is also from the Carolinas.

CYCFM: When and why did you begin crocheting, sewing and wood working?

LL: Granny started crocheting as a child because she was sick in bed and bored. Lisa grew up surrounded by knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Crafting is just about like breathing for her. Jonathan found woodworking later in life when he needed a creative outlet. He first thought about furniture making, but scrapped that idea when he realized turning wood round is easier than keeping things square.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of crafting?

LL: Lisa says she loves the actual construction of sewing. Building piece by piece and seeing the end result come together, and then adding the details that make it special. Since Jonathan uses a lot of reclaimed wood from locally felled trees, he is sometimes working with the unknown and he enjoys that challenge. Granny likes to keep busy and contribute to Lingotopia, and crocheting fits the bill.

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to cook?

LL: Jonathan makes the best chicken and dumplings. And that's just the first thing that comes to mind. He's a great cook.

CYCFM: How do you relax?

LL: Lisa is happiest in the sewing room, but when the cold weather comes, she does get the urge to knit. Granny plays card games on the computer when she's not crocheting. Jonathan saves the universe on the XBox.
 
CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?

LL: The people and the neighborhood atmosphere. It's always a good time at the market.

Tubby Creek Farms

Sandy Watson

This week, meet Randy and Jo Alexander of Tubby Creek Farms!

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CYCFM: Where are you from?

TCF: Randy is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and Jo grew up in Maine.  We met in Memphis is 2008.
 
CYCFM: When and why did you farming?

TCF: Jo started dreaming about farming as a career while working on sustainable farms in the upper Midwest.  In Randy she met someone equally enthusiastic and willing to embark on a new adventure.  

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about farming?

TCF: We both love working outdoors and being closely in tune to the cycle of the seasons.  We love the constant challenge and satisfaction of growing food for people.

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to cook?

TCF:  A completely farm-grown meal is utterly satisfying.  Jo is a master at using whatever vegetables are in abundance in simple preparations that allow the flavor of the fresh produce to shine. 

CYCFM: How do you relax?

TCF:  A rainy day game of Scrabble is a favorite around here.  It's pleasant to take time to hang out with the animals and play with our cats and dogs.  A real treat is having friends stop by, we especially enjoy talking with folks interested in getting into farming.     
 
CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?

TCF:  There are so many things that we love!  Jo loves visiting with shoppers, other vendors and market volunteers.  It's a friendly environment and just the right size for our business.  We also appreciate how authentic the market is and that patrons can be confident farmers grow everything they sell.    

Lilee's Gourmet Bakery

Sandy Watson

CYCFM: Where are you from?

SG: I'm originally from Senatobia, MS raised on the family farm. Our five generation farm family has provided fresh product to the mid south for decades.
 
CYCFM: When and why did you baking?

SG: My brother has carried on the family farm tradition and has always grown zucchini along with many other vegetables. For years, our brother grew overwhelming amounts of zucchini. We used the baking skills from our Mother (Lilly) and created our own recipe for zucchini bread.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about baking?

SG: The Zucchini bread became the communities favorite. We gave it to churches, family and friends for all occasions. Once the desire and the demand grew for the product, we decided to develop a small business and take our product line to the market.

CYCFM: What is your favorite pastry to eat?

SG: My favorite Z-Muffin the original Cinnamon Spice. and I love adding raisin to the Spice. But I am a chocolate lover too.

CYCFM: How do you relax?

SG: To relax after baking would be going to my Spin Classes and/or reading and crocheting.    
 
CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?

SG: My favorite part about Cooper Young Farmers Market is the rich simplicity that is offered to the community year round; supplying the demand for our delicious Z-Muffins and the great people we meet every Saturday.

North Memphis Farmers Collective

Sandy Watson

This week, learn more about the North Memphis Farmers Collective, made up of Kevin Woods & Danielle Salton (In Season Produce), Adam Guerrero and Stephanie Ford (SmartMule Urban Farms) and Nathaniel Davis Jr. (Ronin Leo Organics).

CYCFM: Where are you from?

DS: I was born in Atlanta, moved to Memphis in 1998.

KW: I am originally from Nashville, TN.

SF: I'm originally from the DC/MD area

AG: I was born in Oklahoma and spent my early childhood in Hawaii but I'm a military brat so I consider myself to be from all over.

ND: I am home grown. Born and raised in Memphis.

CYCFM: When/where/why did you begin farming?

DS: I, with Kevin, began backyard gardening in 2012. We were in Knoxville, TN, in our last year at UT. Kevin took a few courses in which the current state of food was discussed which sparked interest in both of us. From there we watched many documentaries about food and the way it is prepared and we saw the need for change within our food system. .

SF: I am new to Urban Farming but was introduced to the movement when I became serious about buying local produce and pastured meats for health and dietary reasons.

AG: Almost a decade. I've been urban farming for 4 years and did community gardening 5 years before that.

ND: I've been farming all my life. We had a kitchen garden growing up and many family and friends were farmers.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about farming?

DS: My Favorite part about farming is watching the plants grow. It's amazing to see such a small seed turn into such a large plant that is a food source!

KW: The change and the beauty. As a farmer you are constantly bringing life into our world. You can turn a empty backyard into beautiful beds of tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, flowers, peppers, and more. 

SF: Witnessing the transformation from seed to fruit is always magical.

AG: I like digging in the earth it's very satisfying knowing I'm contributing to the ecosystem.

ND: Seeing the flowers bloom and plants grow. Really the whole process.

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

DS: I am a fan of eggplant and making various dishes with the different varieties of eggplant. I believe eggplant is an overlooked vegetable and it really deserves more credit!

KW: I am a creative when it comes to cooking. I like to go to my kitchen/garden, see what I have to use and then begin a masterpiece!

SF: I enjoy all types of cuisine. It's hard for me to pick favorites

ND: BBQ chicken of course!

CYCFM: What do you do to relax from all the physical work of farming?

DS: Kevin handles most of the physical labor involved with our farm, I deal with a lot of behind the scene work. If I am not helping Kevin with details of the farm, I am working, volunteering, or at school. I stay busy!

KW:  Farming is pretty much my life! If I am not on my farm working I am researching different farming techniques, ways to naturally prevent pests, and ways to grow as much as I can in the small urban space I have.

SF: I'm into film and food.

AG:  I like to read and kickback listening to music in my downtown appartment. Of course I experiment with different recipes using produce from the farm.

ND: I like to listen to jazz music to wind down from the day.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Market?

DS: There are so many different types of vendors at the markets, from various areas surrounding West Tennessee. It is nice to be able to meet other farmers and to interact with customers and to share with them the importance of eating naturally grown and locally grown produce.

KW: The people. You get to meet so many interesting people, all passionate about good food!

SF: Adam I discussed how the neighborhood support for the market is amazing and makes it the perfect location to sell our products. Cooper Young shoppers just get it.

ND: I grow a lot of rare and unusual varieties that most people have never seen before. I love how open to try new things and accepting the customers are of my products.

Chris Taylor of MEMPops

Sandy Watson

CYCFM: Where are you from?

CT: Birmingham, Al.

CYCFM: How did you begin making popsicles?

CT: I was inspired by Steel City Pops in Birmingham, Al.  I was visiting my Dad over Christmas and took the family to have popsicles in January.  There were actually other people buying them as well, and I thought whoever started this was onto something. People were buying popsicles in the winter! So I figured I would give it a go and see where it takes me.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part about your job?

CT: I love taking raw ingredients and turning them into a product that people enjoy.  I love watching the reaction when someone takes their first bite, most are blown away by the flavor.

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

CT: I enjoy making classic "one pot" creole dishes.

CYCFM: How do you relax?

CT: Playing squash at Rhodes College.

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

CT: I've only been there one week, but I got the feeling that there is a real sense of community at the market.

Pang, Ying & Lor Yang of Yang Farms

Lauren Rae Holtermann

CYCFM: Where Are you from?

PY: 
My parents are originally from Laos.

CYCFM: When and why did you begin farming?

PY: Our farm is located in Toone, TN.  My parents have been farming since they were children in Laos.  They lived in a small collection of poor villages and farming was every villager's job. The villages were too poor to have shops so everyone farmed for a living whether it was raising crops, cattle, or building straw/wood homes.

CYCFM: What is your favorite crop to grow?

YP: Our favorite crop to grow is Asian greens & herbs (lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, sawtooth herb, etc).

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to eat?

YP: One of our favorite dishes to eat is freshly baked fish stuffed with herbs partnered with homegrown sticky or jasmine rice and a choice of boiled greens.

CYCFM: How do you relax?


PY: Ying and Lor (Pang's mother and father)watch Thai soap operas 1-2x a week as a way to relax. But if it rains, they go fishing.

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

PY: 
My favorite part about the market is the atmosphere and the authenticity of vendors. You can really tell if someone grew or made something if you have the eye for it.

Sicley from Touch of Essence!

Lauren Rae Holtermann

CYCFM: Where Are you from?

TOE: We are from Memphis, TN.

CYCFM: When and why did you begin making soap?

TOE: We began making our Shea based line of products after a trip to Ghana, West Africa in 2010. We were so impressed with how resourceful the people were with natural resources. Our product line is based on what we learned from our now numerous trips to Ghana.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of your job?

TOE: We love being our own boss! And we love to be able to create things with our hands that can be healing to the skin for others.

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to eat?

TOE: We are vegan so we are really enjoying buffalo cauliflower which gives you the taste of buffalo wings. I also like to top them on a salad. Pretty yum! The rest of my family would probably say our Taco Tuesdays are the fav!

CYCFM: How do you relax?

TOE: I love to go to the Spa. I am always pampering others with our Mobile spa so when I get the chance I love to get pampered myself.

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

TOE: We love the vibrancy and diversity of the Cooper Young neighborhood, so of course the people. Next to that We enjoy getting fresh things at the market while we vend!   

 

Mary Phillips from Roots Memphis!

Lauren Rae Holtermann

Mary had a bad accident at the farm. She will be fine and is recovering swiftly, but  all messages of love and support are welcome.

CYCFM: Where Are you from?

MP: Memphis, Tennessee, y'all!

CYCFM: When and why did you begin farming?

MP: I started farming in high school. I was a particularly angsty teenager, trying to discover the meaning of life, and I decided that the meaning of life was farming. I convinced my family to let me go live on a farm in a little, tiny town near Lawrence, Kansas. I'm so glad they let me go!

CYCFM: What is your favorite crop to grow?

MP: Radishes. When everything else fails, a radish will always come through for you. It's my self-esteem crop.

CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to eat?

MP: Eggplant! But, I don't get to eat it that often, because Wes doesn't like it. I try to sneak it into stir-fries sometimes, but he still finds it. Alas!

CYCFM: How do you relax?

MP: Drink lots of wine? Am I allowed to say that?

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

MP: We have the best farmers, vendors, customers and market manager in the world!! It's like one big family reunion every single weekend. I love it.

BART GILMER, FALCON RIDGE FARM

Lauren Rae Holtermann

CYCFM: Where are you from?
BG: Toone, TN

CYCFM: How did you being farming?
BG: I guess I have at least helped farm all of my life.  I started out in my granddad's garden and in the hay fields with my father.  After college I made the decision to come back to the farm and work because I love being outdoors, working alongside my family and operating our own business. 

CYCFM: What is your favorite crop to grow?
BG:
 My favorite crop to grow is probably pumpkins.  We grow dozens of different varieties with varying sizes, shapes and colors.  I like the fact that we can have a field full of thousands of pumpkins and no two look exactly the same.

CYCFM: What is our favorite crop to eat/cook?
BG: This is a tough one...  It may be a 3 way tie with sweet corn, strawberries and blueberries.


CYCFM: How do you relax on the farm?
BG: Spend time with my family.  I have 2 girls, the oldest is 10 and the youngest will be 2 in July.  I am a big football fan.  I try to catch as many Ole Miss and New York Giants football games as I can.


CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?
BG: The Cooper-Young Community is what I like best about the market.  Everyone is so friendly and I love meeting all the artists that live there.    

Will Freiman and Brad Sheffield from Hot Mess Burritos

Lauren Rae Holtermann

CYCFM: Where are you from?

HMB: I am from Walls, Mississippi, just south of Memphis.

CYCFM: How did you begin cooking?

HMB: I started cooking in high school.  My grandma lived in Tunica and had a rigorous corn bread cooking class for her grandchildren.

CYCFM: What is your favorite part of running a food truck?

HMB: The best thing about running a truck so far is being able to meet and talk to new folks around the city.

CYCFM: What is our favorite dish to eat/cook?

HMB: I love to make pasta and biscuits, maybe anything with flour. 

CYCFM: How do you relax?

HMB: My biggest hobby these days is gardening, but I always think about the river.  I would love to be out on the river more.

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

HMB: The market in CY is fantastic.  I always meet someone new and I always see people I love.  I have a bunch of people that live in Cooper Young and it is truly a joy to see all the smiling faces in the morning.  Also, tamales.  Even if I didn’t know anyone I would come for the tamales.