by Susan Ellis
Kenneth Reardon, a member of the South Memphis Farmers Market advisory committee, was being put on the spot.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church (of which Reardon is a member) has been selling coffee at the market since it opened in July. And the name of that coffee?
Seems it doesn't really have one ... until Reardon announces, "St. Pat's Best."
The coffee project was spearhead by St. Pat's member Ray Walsh, who recently passed away, and his wife Ann.
The Walshes have been active in the church's food ministry, which feeds those in need through its food pantry.
A deal was struck with Republic Coffee. They would provide the coffees at a discount, which would then be sold at a small mark-up at the market with 40 percent of the proceeds going to St. Pat's food pantry.
Reardon says that about six varieties are sold each week. Last week's offerings included French Vanilla, Mocha Java, "RC" roast, and Viennese.
The cost is $5 a pound.
The South Memphis Farmers Market, at the corner of Mississippi and South Parkway, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays.