Summer Market Days
Hard to believe that spring has galloped into these sudden hot days of early summer so quickly. Our growers leaped into action when the snow melted, worried that getting such a late start on planting would mean a slow and late spring harvest, but this rapid warmth has helped everything grow faster (so now they are watering instead – farming is not for the faint of heart….)
Time to open summer markets – our 21st season on the island – and we look forward to being outside in our two lovely market locations. We open this Saturday in The Field Behind the Vines (must find out what its real name is) at the Newport Vineyard & Winery but with summer hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and next Wednesday, May 20, on Memorial Boulevard in Newport between Chapel and Edgar from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Same times and almost the same place: we are going to shift to the other end of the block to give the poor worn grass and tree roots a rest.
All your favorite vendors are returning with a few new stars in our firmament: we are very happy to offer gorgeous and sustainably grown flowers at both markets as we welcome The Little State Flower Company to our Saturday line-up, and now we also have fresh squeezed juices on both market days with the addition of the new Newport company The Power of Juice on Saturdays. The new RI company Fox Point Pickling Company will be selling their delicious pickles on Wednesdays in Newport (small state, big flavor!) and Newport also welcomes the organic produce of Little River Farm. Keep an eye on this little farm where they plan to grow and sell through us all year round.
But let us also remember the fine growers and makers who have been with us for many summers – visit our vendor webpage for a complete list of our market people.
Composting is Back!
Our friends at Sustainable Aquidneck return with our summer season to collect your kitchen food scraps and turn them into black gold at Island Community Farm in Middletown. You can deliver those scraps (freezing them is one way to keep them from getting too smelly) to the Welcome Stall at either market. Please check Sustainable Aquidneck’s website for details on what can and cannot be composted: generally, all fruit and vegetable scraps are welcome, but not meat, dairy or breads.