Garden to Groceries/Urban Treats, a project of the Memphis area Boys & Girls Club Technical Training Center, was launched in May. Club members and alumni, ages 16 to 21, make edible items from produce bought at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market. They then sell the items. It's an exercise involving everything from cooking to marketing to packaging.
By working with local farmers, the Garden to Groceries-ers learn about sustainability issues. According to the center director Tiffanie Grier, they’ve also been growing their own herbs and some vegetables. In addition, they’ve been working at a local urban farm making their own soil.
Participants first began selling seasonal items, like cilantro/lime/jalapeno pesto and lemon-basil cupcakes, last summer at the Cooper Young market and the Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market.
Now Garden to Groceries/Urban Treats baked goods are available at more outlets, and they’re currently taking orders for the holidays.
In addition to the Cooper-Young market, you can find the baked goods at the Urban Farms market, the Purple Door, and Miss Cordelia's. For the holidays, they are taking orders until December 20th, with final deliveries on December 22nd. (Minimum orders are $40).
Among their seasonal offerings are the orange-spiced apple (delicious!) and the pumpkin breads — both $10. They also have a sweet potato pecan cheesecake (made from Richardson Farms potatoes) and a pumpkin ginger cheesecake, both $40; cookies including decorated gingerbread men ($16 per dozen); red velvet cookies ($14); and assorted holiday cookies ($15).
For more information on the Garden to Groceries/Urban Treats program or on ordering for the holiday, call 774-3074 or email Tiffanie Grier.
And you can "like" at the Garden to Groceries Facebook page.