Summer Bucket List

3. Go to a Farmer's Market

In Rhode Island, we’re unusually blessed to have so many local food producers in such a proximate range. A 15-minute drive can take you from an oyster farm to a producer of high-end beef to any …

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In Rhode Island, we’re unusually blessed to have so many local food producers in such a proximate range. A 15-minute drive can take you from an oyster farm to a producer of high-end beef to any one of numerous, high-quality vegetable growing operations. Chefs already know and take advantage of this, and you can taste the difference in the food they prepare. But if you’ve never gone straight to the source and bought food from a farmer’s market, this is the year to do it.

Farmer’s markets happen all over South County, and almost every day of the week: Mondays at Academy Field in East Greenwich; Tuesdays at Marina Park in Wakefield; Wednesdays at the Exeter Public Library; Saturdays at URI’s East Farm in Kingston and Casey Farm in Saunderstown; Sundays at Fishermen’s Memorial Park in Narragansett; all weekend long at the Cross Mills market in Charlestown. Farm Fresh RI, an advocacy group for local growers, has a searchable database of the 45 local markets.

Sure, the markets have fresh from the farm fruits and produce. But they also have breads and cupcakes baked that morning at local bakeries, South County-raised meats, seafood reeled in that very morning, handmade crafts, art and beauty products. Some have live music and entertainment for the kids. Plus, if you’ve always wanted to know precisely what to do with rhubarb, there’s no better time to ask.