The South Memphis Farmers Market is dedicated to providing access to healthy and affordable foods in the South Memphis community. We also strive to create an atmosphere that contributes to the success of local growers and producers.
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.
In March of 2010, as the plan was entering the final stages of adoption by the Memphis City Council, the community formed the SMFM planning committee and got to work on opening the market. Our grand opening ceremony was held on July 15, opening the market with nine vendors.