What's the only thing better than buying an overstuffed bag of fresh arugula directly from the guy who picked it only a few hours before? How about listening to a little Mozart and Menotti performed live while you're doing it?
As you may have heard, Memphis will be full of opera for the next two weeks (see the next page), so you can drop by Central Station downtown, Saturday, April 5th, for the opening day of the Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) and enjoy a performance by Opera Memphis from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., giving shoppers a taste of The Midtown Opera Festival. In addition to offering Memphians a variety of farm-fresh produce, meat, and seafood, the MFM has always been a social affair: a weekly see-and-be-seen event and a showcase for local acoustic performers. In addition to Opera Memphis, this week's shoppers will be treated to performances by singer/songwriters Paul Waits and Andrew Cabigao.
Of course, the MFM is primarily about shopping, and this season will host more than 50 vendors, including staples such as Whitton Farms, Bluff City Coffee, The Gracious Garden, Jones' Orchard, Paradise Seafood, Donnell Century Farm, and the Apothecary Fairy.
If the weather is nice, expect a crowd. The MFM has experienced year over year growth since it was founded in 2006, and last year's opening day was the highest attended market day so far.
Memphis Farmer's Market Opening Day at Central Station Saturday, April 5th, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. memphisfarmersmarket.org