Cooper-Young’s other farmers’ market returns this month.
The Tsunami Winter Farmers Market will kick off its season December 17th in its traditional home in the north side parking lot of Cooper-Young fine dining restaurant Tsunami. A staple since at least 2010, the Tsunami Winter Farmers Market began as a place for vendors from the Memphis Farmers Market downtown to set up shop during the off season. The Tsunami market’s hours are 8 a.m. to noon, just an hour off of the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market’s winter hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market is located just down the street in the south side parking lot of First Congo Chuck at 1000 S. Cooper.
This year’s Tsunami market is expected to see a record number of vendors. Among them are some of the most popular sellers from the downtown market. They include:
• New Salem Farm: Arugula, mesclun, tender lettuce, lemon sorrel, Russian kale, bok choy, radishes, turnips, mustard greens, basil, and eggs.
• Lazy Dog Farm: Sustainable farm offering premium quality beef and pork, raw Jersey dairy, eggs, certified organic produce, and seasonal treats.
• Cucina Breads: Artisan European-style baker with ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough, honey whole wheat, cranberry walnut, jalapeno cheddar, croissants, kouign amann, plamiers, pretzels, and more.
• Bonnie Blue Farm: Oldest grade A goat dairy in Tennessee and smallest grade A cow dairy in the United States. Manufacturer of national award winning cheeses.
• Dodson Farms: Family operation offering locally grown and made jams, jellies and marmalades. They also make and offer a nice selection of vintage based aprons.
• Falcon Ridge Farm: Family owned and run 250-acre farm producing 40 different fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, blackberries, muscadines, tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn, purple hull peas and strawberries. Falcon Ridge is making Tsunami market a pick up location for their weekly CSA program.
• Whitton Farms: An 11-acre family farm from the same peole behind Memphis; popular Trolley Stop Café, Whitton Farms grows a wide variety of heirloom vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, gourds, mushrooms, eggs, herbs, native plants, trees, and offer a CSA program as well.
In addition, several Tsunami regulars like St. Honore Bakery and market patron and Tsunami chef Ben Smith are expected to return.
For more information on the Tsunami Winter Farmers Market, including updated schedule and hours and updated lists of participating vendors, visit facebook.com/TsunamiFarmersMarket.