Farmers Markets offer fresh, local food and neighborhood atmosphere
Farmers markets are a fun way to buy fresh food, support local farms and communities; and take a peek into the local culture
3 locations in Wakefield; see below
South Kingstown, RI
This is Rhode Island's oldest continually operating farmers market, offering a seasonal selection of Rhode Island-grown produce and other products by members' farms. Enjoy fresh popped kettle corn or hot cup of coffee while you stroll and shop.
2017 Summer Locations, Dates, & Hours: URI East Farm, 1 East Farm Road; Saturdays 8:30am-Noon from May to October; Marina Park, Tuesdays, 2-6pm from May to October.
2017-18 Winter Location, Dates, & Hours: Peace Dale Mill Complex, Saturdays 10am-2pm from November to late April.
Casey Farm in summer and Lafayette Mill in winter
Saunderstown or North Kingstown, RI, 02874
Coastal Growers Market offers Rhode Islanders a great opportunity to support local farmers and to purchase a variety of hard-to-find products including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish and more. Customers are encouraged to bring the whole family for a unique shopping experience and some of the finest produce in Rhode Island. This is a year-round market with separate locations for summer and winter.
2018 Summer Location, Dates, & Hours: Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown; Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from early May 13 to late October;
2018-19 Winter Location, Dates, & Hours: Lafayette Mill, 640 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown; Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon from November to April;
3 locations in two towns; market moves seasonally. See below
Middletown & Newport, RI
This community gem holds two markets at two locations in Middletown and Newport during the summer and at the Middletown location, only, during the winter. Some special New England foods featured at these events include locally produced honey, beef, and produce; fresh-baked goods, berries, lobster, and coffee. Pay with cash or credit card.
2017 Summer Markets Locations, Dates, & Hours: Newport Vineyards in Middletown, year-round, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In summer only: Memorial Blvd. in Newport at Chapel, mid-May through October, Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m.
2017-18 Winter Market Location, Dates, & Hours: Newport Vineyard in Middletown, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Colt State Park, Hope Street and Asylum Road
Bristol, RI, 02809
Highlights of this market in gorgeous Bristol include freshly caught lobster, clams, scallops, mussels, and more; along with baked goods like homemade berry pies, maple syrup and jams, and local honey. Yum! The East Bay Bike Path is an alternate scenic route to this event, and good cardio exercise to boot.
2017 Dates and Hours: Fridays 2-6pm from May thru October.
Thundermist Health Center, 450 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI, 02895
Located beside the St. Ann Arts and Culture Center, the market has grown into a mainstay for residents of the city looking for the freshest foods around. Selling fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey and maple syrup, dairy, meat, flowers, beverages, jams and jellies, baked goods, etc. Pay with: cash, Fresh Bucks, Food Stamps/EBT, WIC, senior coupons, credit cards.
2017 Dates and Hours: Tuesdays 3-6pm. Open July 4th!
Marina Park, 2 Salt Pond Road (South County Hospital exit off Route 1)
Wakefield, RI, 02879
This market features local foods like marinara sauce with freshly picked tomatoes and fruits and veggies. Pay with cash here.
2017 Dates and Hours: Tuesdays 2-6pm from May 9 to October 24.
Manisses parking lot at 5 Spring Street and Negus Park on Ocean Avenue
New Shoreham (Block Island), RI
This market is held in two locations, Manisses parking lot at 5 Spring Street and Negus Park on Ocean Avenue near the Fire Barn (see times below). With its many fruits and veggies, artisan cheese spreads, salsas, shellfish and more, the market is a festival for foodies. Guests of the market also can enjoy arts and crafts and music and kids and dogs and a laid-back community atmosphere. Market is held rain or shine. (Word to the wise: come early before the scone lady sells out).
2017 Dates and Hours: at Manisses parking lot, 5 Spring Street, June 10 thru October 7, Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m.; at Negus Park (Ocean Avenue, near Fire Barn), mid-June through Columbus Day, Saturdays, , 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Washington Street sidewalk at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI, 02903
An enormous variety of fresh Rhode Island foods in the heart of the capital city can be found here. Next to Kennedy Plaza, the market serves the intersection of downtown office workers, bus commuters, and convention visitors, but moreover creates a crossroads of urban and rural. Selling fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey and maple syrup, dairy, meat, flowers, beverages, jams and jellies, baked goods, etc. Kidoinfo Play in the Park will offer family friendly activities and play space.
Dates and Hours in 2017: Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., July 7-October 27
Goddard State Park, 345 Ives Road
Warwick, RI, 02818
This community market is held on Fridays at beautiful Goddard State Park and features local producers like Barden Family Orchard, Dizzie Lizzie's Cookies, and two dog bakeries. Pay with cash or credit card.
2017 Dates and Hours: Fridays 9am-1pm from May 5 to October 27.
Lippitt Park, Providence, between Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd
The Hope Street Farmers Market sells locally grown and raised fruits, veggies, meats, dairy products, and seafood -- Yum! A delicious variety menu of foods, live music, and a city atmosphere make this market a quintessential Providence pit stop.
2017 Dates and Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm & Wednesdays 3-6pm from May thru October.
By the tennis courts at Slater Park, 410 Newport Avenue
This northern Rhode Island community market is held in a shady area by a serene river. Local farms and bakeries gather on Sundays to display and sell their yummy goods, and there is a huge variety! There is plenty of parking, and the market is close to a bus terminal. Pay with cash or credit card.
2017 Dates and Hours: July 9 to October 29, Noon-3pm.
Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street
This market is located inside a historic former mill building that is being restored and used a bit at a time by designers, artists, a restaurant/bar, fitness and dance studios, a violin maker. The market has a big range of food products, including shellfish straight from Maine, soaps and skin care, and cool extras like knife sharpening and recycling. Worth a trip to just brighten up a winter day.
Dates and Hours in 2017-2018: November 4, 2017, to April 28, 2018; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.