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Memphis farmers markets attract praise

The website The Daily Meal has named two Memphis-area farmers markets as among the 101 best in the U.S.

Coming in at #55 is the Agricenter’s Farmers Market, about which The Daily Meal says:

“Some describe it as having ‘a kind of Southern charm;’ others as a ‘warm fuzzy sense of community.’ The Agricenter’s Farmers’ Market is made up of these things and more, including juicy, ripened tomatoes — which shoppers rave about — honey sticks, baguettes, and hanging baskets. Next door, a garden center offers tropical plants and stone garden furniture.”

Coming in at #7 is the Downtown Farmers’ Market, about which The Daily Meal says:

“With more than 50 varieties of produce, the collection of fruits and vegetables available at the Memphis Farmers’ Market ‘puts Whole Foods’ selection to shame,’ one shopper says. This market also shines in its assortment of herbs, plants, and fresh-cut flowers, as well as its meats, dairy, and artisan-made items.”

Memphis startups presenting at Nashville conference

Memphis-area companies Mobilizer and View Medical are presenting next month at the LifeSciTN Conference and Venture Forum in Nashville.

The event brings together industry experts, investors and innovators and is designed to create an atmosphere in which entrepreneurs can create partnerships and raise capital.

Top presenters will be offered start-up business services from LifeSciTN Venture Forum supporters.

Food trucks gathering on Walnut Grove in September and October

Several food trucks will be parked on Walnut Grove between Humphries and Farm Road throughout September and October.

They’ll be on the eastbound side, hoping to catch commuters headed home to Collierville and Germantown.

Monday will see Hunger Monkey, Pig N Out BBQ and Gourmet Grillers.

Tuesday will be Central BBQ, Fuel Food Truck and Millie’s Garden.

Wednesday will be Pop’s Smokehouse, Fuel Food Truck and Tamale Trolley

Thursdays will be Central BBQ, Tamale Trolley and Millie’s Garden

Friday will be Quincy’s BBQ, Tamale Trolley and Lick the Plate

As that schedule shows, different food trucks will be rotating in and out, keeping the menu variety always fresh. One of the participants told me the goal of this effort is to make it easier and quite possibly no more expensive to pick up dinner from one of these trucks on the way home than it would be to cook it yourself.

This effort, by the way, was put together by Ted Sullivan, events manager for Central BBQ, and Kate Phillips, manager of facilities sales for the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

Peabody rooftop party season extended into the fall

The Peabody Hotel’s Rooftop Parties are coming back this week for a four-party encore fall season.

The all-new fall season starts Sept. 12 and ends Oct. 31 with a Halloween bash.

Craig Smith, the Peabody’s regional director of sales and marketing, said the addition of parties in September and October was in direct response to demand from guests who wanted parties when the weather cools off. The Fall Season will close with a Halloween party that includes a costume contest and themed food and drinks.

The fall parties, on Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 17 and Oct. 31, will take place on The Peabody Hotel’s roof from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Group of Memphians rallying for peace in Syria

According to the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, a group of Memphians are participating in a rally today (Sept. 10) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Park Avenue and Highland Street to protest U.S. military action in Syria.

President Obama will address the nation tonight on the situation in the region. In recent days, local and state congressional leaders like U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander have come out against a U.S. strike in Syria.

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