Seven Farmers Markets to Load Up on Healthy Goodies
The coming summer harvest means fresh produce (and more!) from local farmers markets.
As the weather gets nicer (hello eighty degree weather, read: Wednesday and Thursday) and the summer sky starts to roll in, outdoor farmers markets are suit to follow. And whats better than stocking up on some fresh fruits and veggies for a delicious dinner or to eat as a snack down by the beach while soaking up some Vitamin D? Well nothing, really. Head to one of these local farmers markets where you can load up on good-for-you-food while enjoying the nice weather we have all been waiting for!
Hope Street Farmers Market
Located at Lippitt Park near quaint Hope Street, this farmers market is a farmer-run co-operative bazaar laden with fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, cheese, bread and pastries, pasture-raised meats and much more. Saturday markets also feature local musicians or acoustic bands, so bring a blanket, listen to some tunes and buy your picnic lunch right on site.
The Details: Opening day May 5. Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Wed. 3–6 p.m. Lippitt Memorial Park, Blackstone Blvd., Providence, hopestreetmarket.com.
Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market
One of the oldest farmers markets in the state, the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market features a bounty of in-season produce. Peruse through vendors to pick from fruits and vegetables, herbs, dairy and eggs, fish, meat, flowers and much more. The market is eco friendly, as they collect pint and quart berry boxes, egg cartons and honey jars to recycle back to farmers for reuse.
The Details: Opening day May 5. Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, pawtuxetmarket.com.
South Kingstown Farmers Market
This farm-to-table market sells seasonal treats including locally raised chicken and turkey, locally raised grass-fed beef, vegetables, fruit, cold pressed juices and much more that you can stock your bag (and fridge) with! Don’t forget to stop by artisan tables to purchases goods including handmade jewelry, handmade soaps, forged metal work and more.
The Details: Opening day May 5. Sat. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eats Farm, 2095 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown; Tues. 2–6 p.m. Marina Park, 2 Salt Pond Rd., Wakefield, southkingstownfarmersmarket.org.
Haines Park Farmers Market
Stroll through Haines Memorial State Park and take in views of Narragansett Bay while you shop for a fresh, local dinner. Try a new vegetable or buy herbs to sprinkle on roasted chicken. Don’t forget about your favorite pooch! Dog treats are also available for purchase.
The Details: Opening May 2. Wed. 2–6 p.m. Haines Memorial State Park, Haines Park Rd., Barrington, guide.farmfreshri.org.
Goddard Park Farmers Market
This isn’t your typical market – there’s a little something for everyone – artisan soaps and skincare for mom from Rhode Island Spa Products, cookies for the kiddos from Dizzie Lizzie’s Cookies, dog treats for your furry friend from bona-fido and more. Of course there is fresh produce for purchase too, but trying something new like jelly and jam from Terry’s Tasty Treasures might make even your breakfast toast taste a whole lot better.
The Details: Opening May 4. Fri. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Goddard State Park, 345 Ives Rd., Warwick, guide.farmfreshri.org.
Aquidneck Growers Market
Getting your favorite produce just got easier (and more fun, too). Ditch the supermarket and head to Newport Vineyards for the Aquidneck Growers Market, a one-stop kind of shop where shoppers can purchase their groceries from over twenty vendors. Live music and wine tastings offer a new kind of grocery shopping that most anyone can enjoy.
The Details: Open for the season. Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, discovernewport.org.
Schoolyard Market at Hope and Main
Go for breakfast, stay for lunch and leave with dinner at the Hope and Main Schoolyard Market. Pick and choose select products from over forty-five vendors at their farmers-makers marketplace, which boasts hundreds of products including produce, seafood and meat, baked goods skincare products, kitchen ware and more.