Friday, June 11, 2010

Shop Local + Tasted ~ Trolley Stop Market



The newest source of local food and ingredients in Memphis is the Trolley Stop Market, quite literally in front of a trolley stop ~the Orleans stop in downtown’s Edge district. They invite people to ride the trolley and stop on by to eat, shop, or do both. Living in Cooper-Young, we still took the trolley challenge. I hauled Atticus in a stroller with 2 reusable market bags leisurely walking 2 ½ miles to the east end of the Madison trolley line, which is 5 minutes by car but almost an hour our pace. {Atticus diverted us to every sprinkler we passed.}





Less than 5 minutes later {3 trolley stops} we arrived at the market right around lunch, right before the large lunch crowd. I really had a hard time deciding whether to order breakfast or lunch, but since Atticus wanted pizza with bacon as a topping, I thought it could satisfy the craving for both. {In the photo above, I spell out the letters to the word "bacon," and he quickly finds it on the menu.}


From Jillbilly’s pizza kitchen, we ordered the small pizza with bacon and basil and, as you can see, the small is BIG, as they had alerted us. Atticus served us up the slices and ended up eating much more than I’ve ever seen him eat.





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Fresh Produce Straight from the farm





We grabbed a few tomatoes and too few peaches since the peaches didn't last through the weekend. They were extraordinarily sweet and just the right "snack" size for Atticus.



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In addition to the fresh produce and organic products from vendors we also find at the Memphis Farmer’s market, I was pleased to see unexpected items such as laundry detergent and handmade gift products since we had to shop for upcoming {and belated} birthdays. We were intrigued with the wooden scoops that could be used for the laundry detergent.



Atticus, more intriqued with fitting two together, refused to hold just one scoop for the photo.


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Mama Y Wawa We went back and forth on what hair clips might be big hits for girls 8 and under, but in the end, Atticus made some pretty good choices.


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Other items I will keep in mind for future gifts were the ReHy bottles used as soap dispensers or drink bottles depending on the cap you get and the ceramic egg cups in the lovely vintage colors. We also noticed a floral shop that staffs a floral designer and stationary goods to complete the gift giving package.


In the future, they hope to have live music performances further assuring that this will NOT be any ordinary grocery shopping experience.
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Trolley Stop Market
Owners Keith and Jill Forrester of Whitton Farms
{Downtown Edge District}
704 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN
Ph +1.901.526.1361

Open Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm / Saturday 8am to 9pm

Web in progress / Facebook / Menu

Related Review from Eat Local Memphis
{Thanks for the shout-out Thomas. Very entertaining review as always.}

Photos by Sophorn.

1 comment:

melissa bridgman said...

glad you liked the egg cups!

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