Overton Park Community Farmers Market, funded by the help of Rhodes College, the USDA, and Baptist Hospital, is one of ten farmers markets in Memphis. OPFCM is a market designed by Rhodes faculty and students. Specifically located in one of Memphis’s food-deserts with the goal to promote healthy food access in Memphis. As such, it is one of the three Memphis farmers markets providing SNAP/EBT benefits to its customers, specifically the Double Greens and Fresh Savings program (where one $10 swipe in EBT includes $10 in Fresh Savings coins, as well).
OPCFM has also started implementing a biking system with stops in Midtown Memphis in order to improve transportation to the market and other places of food-access. It is also in the process of developing a series of foodscape maps, showcasing businesses that promote the local food economy in five locations: Cooper Young (near First Congo), Vollintine-Evergreen (near the Greenline entrance), Overton Park (near Overton Bark and East Parkway/Sam Cooper entrance) and Broad Avenue. Vegetables and fruit from the Rhodes Community Heritage Garden are also sold here, further connecting our goals of educating the public about past (as well as present) food-inequality.
Come on out to our market on Thursdays from 3 to 7pm in the East Parkway Pavillion at Overton Park!