Desperately seeking spring!

The Aquidneck growers are taking a break from this long hard winter to prepare for the spring growing season.  Yes, indeed, warm weather will be upon us soon and these banks of snow and deep freezes will be just dim, cold memories.  Until then we are going to stop struggling against the forces of nature and the challenges they present to winter growing in northern climates (not to mention the challenges for getting out to do the shopping!) and close our winter season earlier than was originally planned.

Saturday, March 15 will be the last week of our indoor market at St. Mary’s old parish hall in Portsmouth, but we will return with all the favorite vendors, and some new ones, for the summer season in our two lovely outdoor locations: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. opening June 7 through October 25, at the Newport Vineyard and Winery, 900 East Main, Middletown, and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. opening June 4, on Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar in Newport.  See you there soon, but check back with us for details of the new season!

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Our Winter Market opens at St. Mary’s in Portsmouth

Saturday, November 9, is opening day of the second season of the Aquidneck Growers’ indoor winter market in the old parish hall at St. Mary’s Church on East Main in Portsmouth. A wide variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables will be available through the winter in addition to fresh breads and pastries; locally sourced fresh seafood; pasture raised meat and eggs and changing weekly artisan vendors. The shopping experience can be completed with a cup of great coffee while meeting friends and checking out tunes from live musicians. 

Shopping at a farmers’ market not only supports local agriculture and the preservation of open space but also keeps more grocery dollars in the regional economy.  Market founder, Lisa Lewis, is thrilled by the increase in market visitors over the past few seasons “Thanks to all our local shoppers for a fabulous summer season; we welcome your continued support at our winter location.”

 The Aquidneck Growers’ Market at St. Mary’s Old Parish Hall, 324 East Main, Portsmouth, on Saturday, November 9 through May 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. closed February 15 and 22.

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 Vendors at this winter’s market include:

Absalona Greenhouse

Barden Family Orchard

The Coffee Guy

The Deli

June Loves English Cakes

The Local Catch

Maplewood Farm

Moonlight Rose Alpacas

Olga’s Cup and Saucer

Paradise Hill Farm

Pat’s Pastured

Provencal Bakery

RI Mushroom Company

Simmons Farm

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Summer farmers’ markets open on Aquidneck Island!

Suddenly, it’s summer!

What a delight it is to open outside at the Newport Vineyard and Winery again on Saturdays – come and visit anytime between 9 and 1, but don’t leave it too late if you desire beautiful new vegetables and the freshest of our breads and pastries!  We will have our regular fine selection of spring bedding plants, pasture raised meats, locally caught fish, cheeses, jams, and oh, so much more, every Saturday in Middletown through the end of October.  Why bother with the grocery store when you can get your supplies, see your friends and have some community fun in the sun too?

Our Newport market opens on Wednesday, June 5, on Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar, from 2 to 6 p.m., running every week, rain or shine, also through the end of October.

We have new vendors joining us this season, so be sure to stop by The March Hare, Rocky Hooves and Tex Mex Tatties by Chef Big Dog  to see what they have to offer.

You can bring your kitchen scraps for composting to both market locations thanks to a program by volunteers from Island Community Farm/Sustainable Aquidneck.  Check this link to be sure that you have the right stuff in your bag of compostables (no citrus peels because worms hate them!) and drop them off at the markets and they will be used in the St. Mary’s Church Community Garden to feed the needy.

We are working on a renewal for our EBT permit and hope to have it running in the next week or two so that EBT customers may shop using the program benefits and all customers may run their debit or credit cards and receive Fresh Buck coins (for a $1 fee) that can be used at all market stalls.

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 OUR SUMMER VENDORS

 Absalona Greenhouse (Weds only)

Aquidneck Farms

Ballymachree Farm (Sat only)

Barden Family Orchards (July on)

Bravo Wood Fired Pizza (Weds only)

The Coffee Guy

Cory’s Kitchen (Sat only)

The Deli

Earth Essence Herbals (Weds only)

Fatulli’s Bakery (Sat only)

Greenview Farm (Sat only)

June Loves English Cakes (Weds only)

Le Petit Gourmet

The Local Catch (Sat only)

Maplewood Farm

The March Hare (Sat only)

Matunuck Oyster Farm

Olga’s Cup and Saucer

Paradise Hill Farm

Pat’s Pastured Meats (Weds only)

Poblano Farm (Weds only)

Provencal Bakery

Robin Hollow Farm (Weds only)

Rocky Hooves (Sat only)

Simmons Farm

Tallulah’s Tacos (Weds only)

Tex Mex Tatties (Sat only)

Note to our friends with canine friends: please don’t bring pets to market.  The RI department of Health much prefers not to bring animals into these public food environments.  Thanks so much for understanding!

* The Newport Vineyard and Winery is open for business as usual during construction.  Their wine tastings are great fun.

 

 

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Happy spring: our indoor market reopens Saturday, March 30!

After this long hard winter we are looking forward to being open and seeing you again this Saturday.  It seemed that spring would never arrive this year!

All our vendors* will be back for the nine indoor weeks before we open in our two summer locations, and for the holiday weekend we will have specials such as Colomba di Pasquale (an Italian Easter bread, in the shape of a dove) from Olga’s Cup and Saucer plus many more holiday treats to grace your Easter tables.  Join us for coffee and a pastry while you listen to lively music from Patty & Buster and contemplate your shopping lists…..

Absalona Greenhouse

Aquidneck Farm

The Coffee Guy

Cory’s Kitchen

June Loves English Cakes

The Local Catch

Maplewood Farm*

Matunuck Oyster & Vegetable Farm

Olga’s Cup and Saucer

Paradise Hill Farm*

Pat’s Pastured Meats

Le Petit Gourmet

Provencal Bakery

Simmons Farm

 You can also bring your kitchen scraps for composting thanks to a program by volunteers from Island Community Farm/Sustainable Aquidneck.  Drop them off at the market and they will be turned into food for the needy in St. Mary’s Community Garden this summer.

Please spread the word that we are open again at St. Mary’s Old Parish Hall.  Your dedication to shopping locally benefits the RI economy and sends a vital message of support to our hard working farmers and growers.  Thank you!

* Maplewood will be back at market in early April

* Paradise Hill be back in late April

 

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Aquidneck Winter Market reopens on March 30

Dear market friends,

With just a little lead-up time to opening the winter market we find ourselves a tad short on greens and winter vegetables in these coldest weeks of winter, so we are taking a break to allow the new vegetables to grow and will be back at St. Mary’s Episcopal OLD parish hall on Saturday March 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More details to follow!

The fastest way to check on what we are up to is our Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aquidneck-Growers-Market/145175198849594

 

 

 

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Opening an Island Winter Market on November 10, 2012

Aquidneck Growers’ Market is pleased to announce the opening of the island’s first wintertime farmers’ market at the parish hall of St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth, RI. on Saturdays beginning November 10. The market will feature many of the farmers and vendors of the summer markets selling local fruits and vegetables, pasture raised meats and eggs, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and a fine selection of freshly ground coffees! Live music, local artisans and hot lunch items from local chefs will round out the event that will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, with the traditional and special Thanksgiving Market to be held at St. Mary’s on November 17.
The new winter market is the first event in a larger proposal to renovate St. Mary’s old parish hall for use by the island community as a center for sustainability, planned to also feature a lecture series, a community garden, incubator farm plots, walking trails through the surrounding acres of newly preserved open space and a peace garden. Many community organizations have collaborated on the initial planning stages for the future of this building: St. Mary’s Church, Aquidneck Land Trust, Sustainable Aquidneck and EcoRI, in addition to many other community members.
Please join us to celebrate the opening of the market at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 when Ken Ayars, Chief of RI’s Division of Agriculture will cut the opening ribbon.
St. Mary’s Church is located at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02842.

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Tomorrow will be a lively and green day at the Newport market!

MaxMan, Rhode Island’s friendly recycling superhero, will be visiting the market to celebrate the market’s new recycling and composting programs between 2 and 6 p.m. tomorrow. Visitors to the market can now bring compostable materials to market for composting at Island Community Farms and can recycle many market materials during their visit thanks to a collaboration between the Growers’ Market, Sustainable Aquidneck, The City of Newport’s Clean City Program, Island Community Farms @ Green End, EcoRI Public Works and Newport Restaurant Group, sponsors of the new composting program.

By bringing kitchen food scraps to the market for composting supporters will close the loop between food waste and food production, turning material that would otherwise end up in a landfill into food for the future, turning kichen waste into “black gold” at this local farm. Please go to EcoRI’s website for a full list of acceptable materials for composting or email aquidneckgrowersmarket@verizon.net.  Questions about Island Community Farms and likes of support can be made through www.facebook.com/sustainableaquidneck.

 In addition to these new programs this week also marks the first annual Bike to Market week, sponsored by Farm Fresh RI with the support of the Growers Markets in Newport and Middletown and Bike Newport.  Bike riders to tomorrows Newport market will be able to park their bikes safely and enjoy a basic bike tune-up/repair courtesy of Bike Newport who will also offer bike safety equipment, bike  cargo solutions and information about bike safety and community ride calendars.  Anyone riding their bicycle to the Newport market on Wednesday (2-6) or the Middletown market on Saturday, August 25 (9-1) will have a chance to win a gift certificate, donated by Newport Bicycles and Pedal Power.

 Bari George of Bike Newport said “We’re so pleased to partner with the farmers markets to encourage market-goers to trade their car for bikes to the market! Pull up without any parking worries and ride home with panniers full of the freshest and healthiest local products.  Biking to a local farmers market is a pretty darn ideal experience, so hop in the saddle and find out the best way to the market is on two wheels!”  Bike Newport works to improve and encourage bicycling in Newport and encourages residents and visitors to have fun while reducing traffic congestion by replacing their cars with bicycles for local short-distance travel.

 Newport’s Clean City program will be selling recycling bins & compost bins at the Aquidneck Growers Market from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22.  Recycling bins will be $5 each and compost bins are $45 each for Newport residents with proof of Newport residency.  Cash and credit/debit cards cannot be accepted so please plan to pay by check.  Residents may also turn in old recycling bins for recycling. The Clean City Program will have information available at the market about the City’s solid waste and recycling collection program.   For more information please call 845-5613.

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Springtime comes to Aquidneck Island with a new season of farmers’ markets!

Dear friends,

Be patient while we bring this website up to date and check back for the details of the new summer season ahead.  There will be new vendors (and all your old favourites) plus new programs at both our markets…We open at the Newport Vineyards on Saturday June 2, 9 am to 1 pm and in Newport on Wednesday, June 6, 2 pm to 6 pm.  (in the meantime you can friend us on Facebook using the link above) or sign up for our eletters that begin again soon.

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Healthy Food for All

AQUIDNECK GROWERS’ MARKET IS NOW PART OF USDA’S SNAP PROGRAM! 

Beginning Wednesday, July 21st (2010) at the Newport farmers’ market site on Memorial Boulevard Parkway, the Aquidneck Growers’ Market (AGM) will be able to accept the EBT cards that are part of the USDA SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Program.  

The AGM has secured approval from the USDA to be an authorized vendor and has worked with the Providence-based organization, FARM FRESH RI, to acquire an electronic point of sale (pos) terminal. The “pos” terminal will enable the market management to conduct banking transactions on site–here’s to wireless technology!. The Aquidneck Growers’ Market will be utilizing the Farm Fresh RI token economy system called “Fresh Bucks” to facilitate the electronic banking.

The EBT card that is part of the SNAP program enables community customers to shop at the AGM farmers markets (in addition to regular stores) for the freshest food locally available. The “Fresh Bucks’ system at the market enables the SNAP customer to purchase local produce and fruit, meat, bread, cheese, “take home prepared food” and seeds or plants that produce food. SNAP customer Fresh Bucks may not be used to purchase hot food or drinks, flowers, non-food items such as soap or plants that do not produce food.

The Aquidneck Growers’ Market is now able to accept EBT and credit card transactions weekly at both market sites: Wednesday afternoons in Newport and Saturday mornings in Middletown. The banking transactions will take place at the AGM Market Manager’s tent—not with the individual farmer/vendor. Market Manager, Jennifer McCabe will be rewarding the first twenty-five (25) Fresh Bucks customers at the markets this week with fun re-usable market bags.

For more information contact:

Jennifer McCabe, AGM Market Manager @ #401-835-4402   or

Aquidneck Growers’ Market
(401)848-0099 phone

aquidneckgrowersmarket@verizon.net

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Thanksgiving Harvest Market

Our final market of the season has arrived: the 6th Annual

AGM THANKSGIVING HARVEST MARKET

Saturday, November 20, 2010
9am to 2pm

909 East Main Road/Newport Vineyards
in Middletown

Rain or Shine!

Participants include Weekly and Community Day vendors

Aquidneck Beef
Barden Orchards
Coffee Guy
Cory’s
Farmstead
Fatulli’s
June Love
Maplewood Farm
Matunuck Oyster Farm
Olga’s Cup and Saucer
Pat’s Pastured
Provencal Bakery
Robin Hollow Farm
Sweet Berry Farm
Wicked Good
Beaded Cat
DC Stoneware
It’s My Party

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