Farm Aid

One of my favorite things about May is it’s when the spring/summer farmers’ markets start opening. And, based on some impressive data from the recently released Census on Agriculture, it sounds as though a lot of other Rhode Islanders are as psyched as I am.

 Some highlights from the report:
– Since 2002, farmers’ market and farm stand sales have nearly doubled.
 – Rhode Island saw a sharp increase, the highest in New England and likely the U.S., in the number of farms and total land in farms.
 – Nationally, RI ranked third in direct marketing sales on a per farm basis.
Many markets don’t open until June, but here are a handful that are already up and running:
URI Farmers’ Market: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. URI, Keaney Sports Complex Parking Lot, Keaney Road and Route 138, South Kingstown.
 – Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Casey Farm,
2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown.
 – Colt State Park Farmers’ Market: Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. Colt State Park,
Hope Street And Asylum Road, Bristol.
 – Goddard State Park Farmers’ Market: Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Goddard State Park, 345 Ives Road, Warwick.
 – Haines State Park Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Haines Memorial State Park, Haines Park Road, Barrington.