Where can you get fresh Rhode Island food during the cold winter months? This year 6 different winter farmers markets are available throughout the state, from North Kingstown to Aquidneck Island to Glocester and several stops in between, Rhode Islanders can find fresh, Rhode Island grown food in every corner of the state. Though often thought of as a time of rest and recuperation, wintertime in Rhode Island brings forth a prolific and abundant harvest with everything from potatoes, carrots, and onions; to brussels sprouts, apples, and kale; milk, eggs, cheese, and meat; as well as locally crafted jams, jellies, and preserves. Find fresh food at:
-The South Kingston Indoor Farmers Market in the Peace Dale Mill Complex at 1425 Kingstown Road (Route 108) in Peace Dale, open on Saturdays through April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m (www.southkingstownfarmersmarket.org).
-The Coastal Growers’ Winter Market in North Kingstown at Lafayette Mill on Route 102, just west of Wickford in North Kingstown, open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 27 (www.coastalmarket.org).
-The Mount Hope Winter Farmers’ Market at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m until May 18 (www.mounthopefarm.org).
-The Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers’ Market at the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 11. From now through January 30, the market will also be open on Wednesdays (except for Dec. 26) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m (www.farmfreshri.org).
-In Glocester, the Northwest Winter Farmers’ Market is open Sundays through May 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m (www.northwestfarmersmarket.org).
-The Aquidneck Growers’ Market located in the parish hall of St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 11 (www.aquidneckgrowersmarket.org).
Walk, bike, or drive to the nearest market and pick up some delicious local goodies today. For a glimpse at what’s in season check out this RI Harvest Calendar.