Couldn’t make it to the farmers’ market last Saturday? Need fresh eggs on a Tuesday? It’s easier than you think to find local eggs, meat, and some seasonal produce on the back roads of Aquidneck Island (and a little beyond) – if you know where to go, and for great prices, too. Because buying fresh, organic, and seasonal foods not only nourishes the body, it helps to feed a sense of community and our local economy, too.
1. Simmons Farm
Hidden in plain view on West Main Road in Middletown, Simmons Farm, which has been operating since 1880, grows organic heirloom produce and raises livestock on 120 acres. During winter months, the farm stand here offers eggs from pasture raised chickens, grass fed beef, pork, and occasionally goat and lamb. But what sets this farm apart – aside from a kid-friendly petting zoo – are its fantastic dairy products. From creamy goat cheeses to fresh yogurt, Simmons Farm uses 100 percent of their own milk. Visit the farm stand Saturdays 3 – 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 – 6 p.m.
2. Aquidneck Farms
Located on Wapping Road in Portsmouth, Aquidneck Farms offers an impressive selection of grass fed beef. Since 1998 , the cattle that grazes on the farm’s 400 acres has been raised entirely on mother’s milk and lush green pastures – and animals never receive hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. Freezer boxes – a combination of multiple cuts of beef and chicken, plus a choice of ground beef, keilbasa, hot dogs, and more – can be purchased at the farm store (open Fridays 1 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m) or online (with delivery available). While you’re out there, pick up cage-free eggs and poultry, as well as compost and hay. Can’t get to the farm stand? Look for Aquidneck Farms goods at The Green Grocer, Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, and Milk & Honey Bazaar.
3. Baffoni’s eggs at A Market and Clements
You can visit Baffoni’s Poultry Farm in Johnston, Rhode Island, where you’ll find eggs, poultry, and veggies for sale throughout the year, but that’s a little far to go to pick up eggs on the way home from work. Lucky, then, that eggs from this fourth-generation family farm are available locally at A Market and Clements Marketplace. Bred and raised on 80 acres of land, Baffoni’s 25,000 free roaming chickens are fed an entirely vegetarian diet, with no hormones or additives. Affordably priced and always fresh, we love that these eggs come in multiple sizes, from from medium to super jumbo, so you can get just what you need whether you’re making omelets for brunch or baking soufflé.
4. Windmist Farm
In addition to its breathtaking landscape view, Windmist Farm on Jamestown offers a variety of meat year round, including pasture-raised beef, goat, lamb, pork, and chicken as well as eggs. Visit the farm during retail hours (Fridays 3 – 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or by appointment.
5. Sakonnet Farm
The Roadside Market at historic Sakonnet Farm is worth the drive over to Tiverton Four Corners, where Kristin and Adam Silveira keep their farm stocked with free-range chicken and duck eggs and poultry (all raised without unnecessary antibiotics and hormones), as well as other goodies such as relishes and jellies. Check the website for what’s in stock daily, then look for the flag and enter through the yellow door to the shop, which is always open. Payments are made on the honor system, but get there early – eggs sell out fast.
6. The Reynolds Barn
If you happen to find yourself over the bridges, The Reynolds Barn in North Kingstown produces cheeses, yogurt, and butters. (It’s only 9 miles from Newport, people.) The farm store, which is located in their driveway off Towerhill Road, is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to dairy goods, you’ll find eggs, herbs, baked goods, and soaps.