Dare we say our favorite part about warmer days here on The Classic Coast (aside from summer sangria, rooftop bars, pristine beaches... okay, we like a lot about summer) is the reopening farmers' markets and farm stands. Longer days bring with them vibrant, locally grown fruits, veggies and handcrafted baked goods; all grown and made right here in Rhode Island. All you have to do is take your pick.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast! In order for everyone to enjoy the beauty that is Newport and its surrounding coastal communities this season, local restaurants, shops and business are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all. This includes wearing mandatory face coverings, following guidelines put in place by health and government officials, and implementing stringent cleaning practices.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
FARMERS' MARKETS COVID-19 REGULATIONS:
The following guidelines and regulations apply to all local farmers' markets:
- All markets are operating in accordance with the policies and sanitation guidelines provided by the State of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health.
- Face coverings are required at all times.
- Please maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
- Please pay with credit, debit or contactless payment if possible to minimize the use of cash and the spread of contaminants.
- Eating at the markets is not permitted. Please take all prepared food to-go.
- Pre-ordering is encouraged when possible.
- Number of customers allowed in each market at any given time will be limited.
AQUIDNECK GROWERS' MARKET
Saturdays: Claiborne Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter Street, Newport
Wednesdays: Memorial Boulevard near Bellevue Avenue
Named Rhode Island's Can't Miss Market by Yankee Magazine, the Aquidneck Growers Market features 25+ vendors and offers easy access to seasonal, locally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods. Market runs June - October. The selection of goods includes:
- Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs
- Farm-raised eggs
- Breads, cheeses and baked goods
- Meat and seafood products
- Fresh cut flowers and plants
- Coffee beans
- Prepared foods including tacos, burritos and Middle-Eastern options
- Saturdays through October 31: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Wednesdays through October 28: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
HOW TO PAY
The market accepts cash or allows you to use your debit or credit card to purchase $5 increments of market tokens, from which you will receive change in dollars from vendors once making a purchase. Debit and credit cards accepted at various vendors.
- Please follow arrows and signage for entering the market and perusing the vendors.
MOUNT HOPE FARMERS MARKET
Saturdays: Mount Hope Farm South Pasture, 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol
Historic Mount Hope Farm dates back more than 325 years and operates a year-round market selling everything from fresh product and ingredients to locally made soaps and lotions. Vendor specialties include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Meats, seafood, cheeses and eggs
- Local honey, coffee and baked goods
- Prepared foods
- Soaps, lotions and cleaning products
- Local crafts
- Saturdays through October 31: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
HOW TO PAY:
The market accepts debit, credit, SNAP.
- The credit card machine for SNAP transactions will be disinfected between each use. Thank you to Twelve Guns Brewery and Sons of Liberty Distillery for their donation of hand sanitizer
JAMESTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Mondays: Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Drive, Jamestown
Jamestown Farmers Market is held at the Jamestown Recreation Center and offers local produce, herbs, meats, flowers, crafts and artwork, and more from a variety of vendors. June - September.
- Mondays through September 4: 3:00 - 6:30 PM
HOW TO PAY:
The market cash and credit cards.
Wednesdays: 691 Main Street, Warren
Developed by the operators of Hope & Main in Warren, the Schoolyard Market helps locally-based food and beverage businesses start up, scale and thrive. This year's markets feature approximately 15 vendors and is held outside a century-old converted school building with plenty of space for shopping, live music, workshops and demos.
- Wednesdays through October 14: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
HOW TO PAY:
The market accepts cash, credit, SNAP & WIC.
WALKER'S ROADSIDE STAND
Daily: 261 West Main Road, Little Compton
Walker's Roadside Stand in Little Compton is nestled along Route 77. Enjoy fruits, veggies, flowers and an assortment of organic nuts, jams and more. When you've finished shopping, walk on over to Wilma's - a quaint sandwich shop & bakery located next door.
Daily, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
HOW TO PAY:
The stand accepts cash and credit.
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