Morning commuters who pass the busy intersection of Sam Cooper and Tillman will soon have a new stop for a quick cup of coffee. Plus, they will be able to buy staples or lunch.
Urban Farms Market opens Saturday, March 26, offering a drive-through window for coffee Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 9 a.m. “We wanted to do something to attract people passing by,” explained market manager Rosalie Bouck, who hopes the coffee will help promote the market’s primary focus to offer fresh and affordable food in a neighborhood with limited options.
Staples like bread, milk, eggs, meat, beans, tortillas, and produce also will be sold inside the store on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with an emphasis on local products. In addition, an outdoor farmers market with area vendors will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning April 23.
The market’s sister organization, Urban Farms, is located a few blocks away and will provide produce for the store in the late spring and summer.
A committed group of volunteers also is helping, including Aaron James, who built a fence last Thursday near the market’s parking lot with help from employees of Regions Commercial Bank.
“Aaron found a reclaimed fence, and they put it up in a day,” Bouck said. “There is a ton of work to do in all areas, and everyone who helps makes this an even stronger community effort.”
To volunteer, e-mail Bouck at Rosalie@urbanfarmsmemphis.org.
More on Urban Farms in an upcoming post.