Farmers' Market Finds

For the last two Saturdays we have been up bright and early to peruse the Memphis Farmers' Market downtown. Last Saturday we arrived at 7.00 sharp. Venders where still unloading and some had not arrived by the time we made our purchases and moved on to The Complex for breakfast.

This week we decided to take it easy and arrived just as things were getting into full swing. The plan was to get everything for dinner from the market. Too late to catch the steaks from the beef guy (he said he sold out of most of that in the first hour)so we settled for short ribs. We were too late for the cheese folks as well, they had sold out of almost everything but gave a sample of some delicious petit basque. Alas, we blew the budget so we'll have to be patient until next week. We finished up our shopping with some stone ground yellow grits, baby carrots, blueberries (best. blueberries. ever.), cabbage and peppers. A lot of the really good looking produce was already sold out by the time we got there, but I was very happy with our booty. Our friends came along and got some phenomenal granola. I plan to pay more attention next time, so we can give props to the vendors.

So the meal (recipes to come) that we got out of this trip was: Anise scented short ribs, stone ground cheese grits and steamed cabbage (best cabbage I have EVER eaten). All in all I think the entire meal without the wine cost about 5 dollars a person. Well worth it.

The farmers' market is great. It opens at 7:00 am on Saturdays only and get there early because the popular vendors are very, very popular. The beef guy is worth the trip. The short ribs melted in our mouths.


  • At 11:28 PM, Blogger Tater said…

    I am going to try and get up and be there by 8am tomorrow myself. I haven't been in a few weeks! I hear from you and others they are getting increasingly more merchandise, which is nice. I am Sorta Sister Squirrel from Papa Squirrel's blog - I've been hearing a lot about you and hope one day our paths will cross as well.

  • At 6:31 AM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    I am sure they will. :)
    If you see us there (or anywhere) & recognize us be sure to say hey!

  • At 9:23 PM, Blogger Chris and Kate Lareau said…

    we got some great short ribs from the beef guy about a month ago. hope you enjoyed yours as much as we did. i'm starting to wonder how many steaks that guy comes with b/c he's ALWAYS out, no matter how early i get there.

  • At 6:55 AM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    I dont know if I have ever had beef that good. It was so tender & buttery.

    Do yourselves a favor & get there at 7am sharp. We tried a ribeye a couple weeks ago & it rocked. I accidently overcooked it & it was still tender & delicious.

    Great, now I am starving. ;)

  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger La said…

    yeah, the key to the beef guy is promptness for sure. he sells out of the expensive stuff quick.


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