With their recent decision to expand to a year-round market season, the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market (CYCFM) has a lot to offer for the upcoming holiday season, including their artisan holiday series. If you are still searching for the perfect gift, or better yet, if you have not even started searching for the perfect gift, you will not want to miss this opportunity to purchase unique, affordable, and locally made products.
Memphis artists, makers, and crafters will be selling a wide variety of original, handmade items from fine art, jewelry, and purses to yard decorations, letterpress books, and birdhouses. The CYCFM has established a growing artisan community that you can be a part of by purchasing their creations and supporting the local movement. “It’s amazing how many talented and creative people the market has brought together with the artisan fair,” says local artist Page Baker. With such a diverse group of artisans and work, you are bound to find the thoughtful gift you are looking for.
Baker is a participating local jeweler and metal-smith, is a regular at the market, and has been “influential with the expansion in the artisan community,” says market manager Debbi La Rue. Baker says that making jewelry is a great way to incorporate her love of working with metal with her love of connecting with people. “When I make something that makes another person happy, it is very exciting to me. There is no better feeling than seeing someone wearing a piece that I made and seeing how they have incorporated it into their personal style.” Moreover, Baker praises the market for giving her the opportunity to “interact with shoppers and other artisans in a fun and relaxed environment.”
Avid supporter of the market and artist recruiter Penny Dodds says, “I feel better about giving my money to a local artisan, artist, or merchant. I know where my money goes – into their pockets to feed and support themselves and their families. We do have power to change the dynamics of our economy by making small steps every day. I think farmers markets, by including artisans, help all of us learn from scratch how to spend our money wisely and live well together.”
So don’t let the cold hold you back! Bundle up and come out to the CYCFM holiday series November 26 and December 3, 10, and 17 to experience the vibrant, laid-back artisan market, meet the vendors, and support the movement of shopping locally this holiday season. The market is located in the parking lot of First Congo (1000 S. Cooper) and runs on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.