6 Winter Farmers Markets to Hit Up in Rhode Island

Support local farmers and small businesses by shopping for your fresh fruit and veggies, directly.

Photo from Mount Hope Farm Facebook Page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

Local farms have been hit hard by the pandemic and many were forced to close to the public for the season. Can’t wait until to spring for your favorite locally-grown fruits and veggies? Check out one of these winter markets to pick up your haul.

 

Farm Fresh Winter Market

This winter market is held in a brand new indoor facility on the Woonasquatucket River in Providence. The spacious market hall was built for social distancing, with wide hallways and a top-notch ventilation system. Shop for local produce, seafood, meat, dairy, prepared foods and even bring along your food scraps for composting.

How to visit: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The details: 10 Sims Ave., Providence, farmfreshri.org

 

Kingston Farm Collaborative

Rhode Island’s longest running farmers market was forced to close this winter, but online ordering and curbside pickup is still available. The same produce, meats and other local food normally available at South Kingston Winter Farmers Market can be ordered for pickup through the Kingston Farm Collaborative. The collaborative was started in response to the pandemic as a way to offer contactless shopping that still supports local farms and small businesses. Place your order between Sunday and Wednesday for pick up on Saturdays.

How to visit: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

The details: Independence Sq., Kingston, southkingstownfarmersmarket.org

 

Aquidneck Growers Market

Everything you can find at this Newport market is grown or produced within a fifty-mile radius, so you know you’re really shopping local. Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag — plastic bags are banned on Aquidneck Island and the market’s Bag Share Bin has been suspended due to coronavirus restrictions.

How to visit: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon.

The details: 23 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, aquidneckcommunitytable.org

 

Pawtucket Open Market

Held in the restored mill building that now houses the Hope Artiste Village, this winter market offers an eclectic variety of farm, artisan and vintage vendors. While you’re there, check out the art studios.

How to visit: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The details: 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, hopeartistevillage.com

 

South County Winter Market

When COVID-19 closed down the indoor farmers markets in South County, this group of local farmers and small businesses got inventive and moved their market outdoors. A big top tent and plenty of heaters fends off the cold while shoppers browse local cheeses, Rhode Island-grown hemp and CBD products and alpaca wool clothing sold by market host Lazy K Ranch.

How to visit: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The details: 71 Beaver River Rd., West Kingston, scwintermarket.com

 

Mount Hope Farmers Market

Shop for herbal products, local kombucha, baked goods and fresh produce at Bristol’s historic Mount Hope Farm. Most vendors offer pre-ordering online.

How to visit: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The details: 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, mounthopefarm.org