This is my answer to Katy’s recent question, Who’s Your Farmer?
I always loved shopping at the Farmers Market located in front of Hope High School every Saturday, but I must admit I am ecstatic by the markets’ move and expansion to Lippitt Park on the East Side in Providence. Not only for the close proximity to my house (so no need for my car) but for the market being more than just a place to shop, it reshapes our Saturdays and energizes the neighborhood. The Farmers Market has always been a gathering place to see friends, listen to music, and sip coffee while the kids climbed the tree but now with the park as its backdrop—the trees, grassy lawn, nearby playground—more vendors, and the nearby Open Market with artisans selling their crafts (Spring and Fall) there are even more reasons to stay, shop, support our local community, have a picnic, and meet up with friends while the children play.
As a parent my life gets over scheduled very easily and now Saturdays at the park remind me to slow down, hang out and think about new recipes using local ingredients. The laundry and other chores will have to wait.
Farmers Market Vendors include: Wishing Stone Farm, Ledge Ends Produce, Hill Orchards, Farmstead Cheese, Narragansett Creamery, Bomster Scallops, Seven Stars Bakery, Farmacy Herbs, Rhode Ilin Ice Cream (pictured above) and much more (Complete List of Vendors)
Location: Lippitt Park, corner of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulveard (near Three Sister’s Ice Cream)
How to get there:
• RIPTA Buses: 42
• Bike route: Blackstone River Bikeway and East Bay Bike Path via Blackstone Blvd.
• By car. Free street parking available.
Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm. June 6 to October 31, 2009
Pay with: Cash, Fresh Bucks, Food Stamps/EBT, WIC, Seniors’ Coupons, Credit Cards
Providence Open Market
Featuring changing group of artists, craft artists, antiques, and farmer’s market designers.
Location: Lippitt Park on other side of playground on Hope Street and North Street (across from Chez Pascal).
Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. May, June, September, October
Parking: Free street parking available, but be careful to read signs for where and for how long you can park.