South Memphis Farmers Market
An Urban Food Oasis
The South Memphis Farmers Market is dedicated to providing accress to healthy and affordable foods in the South Memphis community. SMFM opened for the first time on July 15, 2010, and was founded by a collaborative of South Memphis residents, The Works, and the University of Memphis.
The SMFM is the first project of South Memphis Revitalization Action Plan (SoMeRAP). SoMeRAP is a resident-led effort to transform South Memphis into one of the region's premier urban neighborhoods of choice by mobilizing local residents, institutions, and their allies to implement a comprehensive economic and community development strategy. One of the key areas of focus in the plan is healthy living, including access to healthy foods in the South Memphis community; throughout the planning process residents consistently identified access to healthy foods as one of their highest priorities.
SMFM returned for a second season in 2011 and became the third farmers market in Tennessee to accept EBT cards. We also partnered with Grow Memphis and the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market to launch Double Green$ - a program that matches food stamp purchase at our market. In July 2011 the market received a gift from the Plough Foundation for a permanant market facility, which will open in 2012.