Located 10 minutes from the Wolfchase area, the Arlington Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, beekeepers, and artisans together with members of the community.
Four years ago, Sandy Brewer was sitting in her travel agency thinking about ways to bring local families together at the Historic Arlington Depot Square. Ms. Brewer decided that a farmers’ market would be the best way to draw local people from the community together. They also decided that a crafts division would be a good way to further involve the community and add distinction to the market. It was determined that the empty warehouse adjacent to S.Y. Wilson’s, the town’s erstwhile hardware store, would be the home of the new Arlington Farmers’ Market.
The past four years have seen steady growth for the Arlington Farmers’ Market. When it began, It was one of two farmers’ markets in the Memphis area. In the last several years many other local markets have been established, including the Memphis Farmers’ Market, located in downtown Memphis. Despite the increased competition, Ms. Brewer feels that the strong relationships built between the members of the Arlington community and the vendors allow it to remain a success.
Local produce from Tou Lee’s Farm
The market is host to a number of local vendors, including Tou Lee’s Farm, Price Apiaries, Easy Way Market, as well as several local artisans. They provide produce, such as famous Ripley tomatoes, juicy peaches, seedless watermelon, eggplants, crookneck squash, etc. along with local clover honey and beeswax, homemade dog treats, and fresh baked bread and pastries from a local Mennonite bakery. The artisans vary, but recently the market was able to offer hand beaded jewelry, elaborate diaper cakes, and paintings by a local artist.
Honey and beeswax from Price’s Apiaries
When asked what she wanted most for people to know about the Arlington Farmers’ Market, Ms. Brewer responded, “Yes, we want people to come and buy the fresh produce from the local farmers, but we also wanted a place for families to come and be able to teach their children that food comes from places other than the grocery stores we’re so used to…that there are still farmers out there.”
Among the reasons for the Market’s success are the numerous events held in Depot Square. On every third Saturday during the spring and summer months, local crafts are offered at the Market, followed by free live music at the Square. The Market also hosts the annual Harvest Gathering on the weekend after Thanksgiving and the Christmas Crafts Fair on the weekend coinciding with the Arlington Christmas parade. The Market space is also available for rent to those wishing to host a local event.
Arlington Farmers’ Market is open Friday and Saturday from 8-4. The season runs from April to October. It is located at 12016 Walker St. Arlington, TN 38002.
For more info: Please call (901) 871-9098