Rhode Island 2012-2013 Indoor Farmers Markets begin this Weekend

by David Dadekian
Seven Stars Bakery of Providence at Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Farm Fresh RI

Seven Stars Bakery of Providence at Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Farm Fresh RI

As the weather turns colder and the sun disappears sooner each day the number of farmers markets in Rhode Island begins to shrink. But unlike a few years ago when there were no markets from November to April, now there are seven indoor farmers markets open in Rhode Island. Below is the full list of markets, with their hours and Google mapped locations (click the addresses), along with some notes provided by Farm Fresh RI, one of the best resources for R.I. market information.

Saturday Markets

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November 3 – May 11
The Saturday market hosts over 60 local farms and food producers, plus live music, compost collection by EcoRI Public Works, and food trucks. We accept cash, checks, credit, and EBT/SNAP at both Pawtucket markets.

Coastal Growers Winter Farmers Market at Lafayette Mill, 650 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02852
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from  November 3 – April 13
This Saturday Market returns to the Lafayette Mill but will now be occupying the top floor. Mark your calendars for an expanded Thanksgiving Market on November 17 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

South Kingstown Winter Farmers Market at 1425 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, RI 02879
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. from November 3 – April 27
The South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, now in its fourth year, is an outgrowth of the South Kingstown farmers market, Rhode Island’s oldest and longest continuously operating farmers market, that operates at URI’s East Farm and at Marina Park from May through October.

Mount Hope Year-round Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI 02809
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November 3 – May 18
Mount Hope Market is a year round Farmers Market which takes place at Mount Hope Farm, a beautiful and historic piece of conserved property managed by the Mount Hope Trust in Bristol, RI. In the winter months the market takes place in the farm’s large converted barn. Mount Hope Farmers Market now accepts debit/credit cards. Visit the Welcome Table.

Aquidneck Growers Winter Farmers Market at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November 10 – May 12
The first ever winter market on Aquidneck Island. Sustainable Aquidneck will have compost collection and recycle bins.

Sunday Market

Northwest Farmers Market at Sticks Tavern Banquet Room, 451 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. from November 4 – May 26
Continuing their successful first summer market season up in the Northwest part of the state, this market will move indoors for the winter.

Wednesday Market

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market and Workshop Series at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860
4 – 7 p.m. from November 10 – January 30
Bring the whole family for kids’ activities; cooking demos, and a workshops series that builds community through food, farming, and fun! Workshop topics include: urban chicken keeping, brewing your own mead, Rhode Island sustainable seafood, and slimming your waste over the holidays. To celebrate the opening of the Wednesday Market on November 7th, Whole Foods Market will host a free screening of the documentary Food Stamped at 7:30 p.m. View the full Workshop schedule here.

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