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 two towns; market moves seasonally. See below
Middletown & Newport, RI, 02842
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.
2016 Summer Markets Locations, Dates, & Hours: Newport Vineyards & Winery, 909 East Main Road, Middletown; May 21-October; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Memorial Blvd. and Chapel Street, Newport; May 18 -October; Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m.
Winter Market Location, Dates, & Hours: Newport Vineyards & Winery, 909 East Main Road, Middletown; November to May; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;
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.
Summer Locations, Dates, & Hours: URI East Farm, 1 East Farm Road; May to October; Saturdays, 8:30 am to noon; and Marina Park, May to October; Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates, & Hours: Peace Dale Mill Complex, early November to late April 25; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
2016 Summer Location, Dates, & Hours: Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown; May 7 to October 29; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates, & Hours in 2015-16: Lafayette Mill, 640 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown; November to mid-May; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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.
2016 Dates and Hours: May 6 to October 28; Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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.
2016 Dates and Hours: May 25-October, Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.; May 21 to October, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 2015-2016: November 7, 2015, to May 14, 2016; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.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 2015: Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., July 7-October 27
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.
2016 Dates and Hours: Tuesdays, 2- 6 p.m.; May 3 to October 25
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.
2016 Dates and Hours: July 5 to October 25, Tuesdays, 3-6 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.
2016 Dates and Hours: May-October; Fridays, 2-6 p.m.
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.
2016 Dates and Hours: July 10 to October 30; Sundays, noon-3 p.m.
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.)
2016 Dates and Hours: at Manisses parking lot, 5 Spring Street, mid-June through Labor Day, 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.