Bring Home Some Fresh Summer Corn on Your Bike

The first Bike to Farmers Markets Week is being held around the state from August 20 through 26.

Every week or so, I remember my bike. It’s sitting in the attic and desperately in need of a tune-up. I’ve been meaning to get it to a bike shop all summer, but I’ve been busy outside with other things and tend to like biking more in the fall and spring, when bike paths are less crowded.

Now I officially have no excuse not to get it up and running. Farm Fresh Farm Fresh Rhode Island and several farmers markets around the state have joined forces with Recycle-a-Bike, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Bike Newport for the first ever Bike to Farmers Markets Week. The events, which run from August 20 through 26, feature everything from $5 on the spot bike tune-ups to raffles for gift certificates to local bike stores.

Here’s a breakdown of locations:

Monday, August 20: Neutaconkanut Hill Market, Plainfield Street, Providence, 3 to 6 p.m. Taste the fruits of a bike-powered smoothie.

Wednesday, August 22: Aquidneck Growers Market, Memorial Boulevard, Newport, 2 to 6 p.m. Safety tips and free bike lights, raffle for gift certificates to bike stores.

Thursday, August 23: Armory Park Farmers Market, Parade Street, Providence, 4 to 7 p.m. Bring your old bike to donate or get yours tuned up for $5.  

Friday, August 24: Downtown Farmers Market, Washington Street, Providence, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More $5 tune-ups and the chance to ride the bike-powered smoothie maker.

Saturday, August 25: Hope Street at Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; more $5 tune-ups and Recycle-a-Bike giving away Open Shop vouchers for riders. Broad Street Market, 807 Broad St., Providence, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Recycle-A-Bike giving away Open Shop vouchers for riders. Aquidneck Growers Market, Newport Vineyards, Middletown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gift certificates to bike shops will be raffled off.

Sunday, August 26: Slater Park Market, Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket, 12 to 3 p.m. Recycle-a-Bike giving away Open Shop vouchers for riders.

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