Market Research

It turns out, farmers’ markets are great places to discover fledgling local businesses along with those perfect peaches and salad-ready greens. Here are three recent finds.  

 Stella Marie Soap
What: Handcrafted, vegan-friendly soaps inspired by people, places and pop culture. There’s a Queen tribute soap, Killer Queen, with honey and eucalyptus, a streaky strawberry and cream scented ode to the movie Carrie, and a beachy geranium and tea tree oil spiked soap named Ocean State.
Where: Soapmaker Kim Gonzaga sells suds on Friday afternoons at the Downtown Providence Farmers’ Market, and will set up shop in Lippitt Park when the Providence Open Market gets going again on Saturdays beginning September 12.
 
The Cupcakerie
What: Creatively flavored cupcakes such as the Cinco de Mayo, a chili chocolate cupcake with Mexican butter cream and cinnamon chocolate shavings.
Where: You’ll find owner Kristin Brennan hawking her sweets on Fridays at the Downtown Providence Farmers’ Market and on Sundays at the Pawtucket Summertime Farmers’ Market at Slater Mill.
 
Jack’s Snacks
What: A Pawtucket-based bakery specializing in natural, gourmet dog biscuits. Our four-legged-friends have been known to roll over in delight at the sight of treats like Simon’s Beefy Hydrants and Caesar’s Pizza Pie.
Where: I discovered Jack’s at the Hope Street Farmers’ Market, in Providence, but you’ll also find them at retailers including Whole Foods and Dave’s.