Farmers’ markets open at state parks throughout RI
The farmers’ market at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick is among four weekly markets to have opened at state parks across Rhode Island.
The markets are offering bedding plants, hanging plants, cut flowers, meat, early vegetable crops, honey and maple syrup. During the summer, as local crops become available, the markets will expand.
The Goddard Park market began May 2, and will be open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All state park markets are operated by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
“With the growing demand for locally-grown products, seasonal farmers’ markets help create a more sustainable, locally-based food system that benefits the Rhode Island economy and environment,” said DEM Director Janet Coit.
The other state park markets and hours of operation are: Colt State Park in Bristol, Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. starting on May 2; Fishermen’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on May 4; and Haines Memorial State Park on Route 103 on the East Providence/Barrington line, Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning on May 7.
Additional farmers’ markets operated by DEM will open in late July through late October, including: Capitol Hill in Providence, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning on July 24; Johnston Memorial Park on Route 6 (Hartford Avenue), Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning on July 28; and State Pier Nine in Newport, Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning on July 25.