We love the Newport Aquidneck Growers Market, but sometimes we have to work on a Wednesday or may decide to catch the Block Island Ferry with some friends on a Saturday. So, in case you miss the goodness that is the farmers’ market, we’re bringing you some of our favorite farm stands on Aquidneck Island. Open everyday, these farms are easy to find and ready to serve. Visit them for of a seasonal variety of delicious fare plucked from the earth nearby. Stay local, friends.
1. Sweetberry Farm
Sweetberry Farm sells a variety of local vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, including a selection of local cheeses, as well as artisan foods from other vendors. Home to an overflowing display of flowers and potted plants, Sweetberry Farm also grows and sells their own blueberries, apples, strawberries, and other seasonal fruits; get them pre-picked or pick your own through June through October. Open daily from 8 a.m. till 7 p.m., hit this outstanding spot in Middletown, anytime you need a farm fresh pick me up.
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2. Simmons Organic Farm
A lush gem on West Main Road in Middletown, Simmons Farm, which has been in operation since 1880, grows its organic heirloom produce and raises livestock on 120 bucolic acres. Open year round, Simmons Farm offers its goods for sale from a shed on the property (summer hours are 3–6 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays and noon until 6 p.m. on weekends), where it also operates a petting zoo. We love the poultry, meats, and cheeses as well as their variety of fresh greens (lettuce, scallions), spicy radishes, and tomatoes.
3. Newport Lobster Shack
What better place to find fresh seafood than on one of Newport’s beautiful wharves? Newport Lobster Shack has a beautiful market tucked into Long Wharf, where they sell only what they catch themselves, like lobster and scallops, of course, but also unexpected items like native conch. NLS can package your seafood – fresh or pre-cooked – for transport for up to 24 hours or they’ll ship anywhere in the U.S. The market is open Monday through Thursday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. during summer.
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4. Ocean State Fresh
Though it’s not a farm stand per se, Ocean State Fresh is also dedicated to connecting consumers with local fisherman through their Community Supported Fishery Program. Like a CSA, Ocean State Fresh offers subscriptions to sustainable seafood. Just want few meals? Visit their dock market online shop and order your fresh seafood for the week.
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5. Bally Machree
Family owned and run, Bally Machree farm sits on five acres in Middletown on Jepson Lane, where they grow a huge variety of vegetables from bok choi to zucchini as well as beautiful cut flowers. Bally Machree has no website or Facebook page (which makes us like them a little more), but they’re open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m; more info is available on the Farm Fresh website.
All images courtesy of Aquidneck Growers Market Facebook page.