Hope Artiste Village
1005 Main St.
image via farmfreshri.org
Bear and I make it a point to get to the Wintertime Farmer's Market at least once per month, sometimes more often. It's located in the Hope Artiste Village, a refurbished mill of some kind that has been converted to sales and live/work space for artists (more on Hope Artiste Village itself in another post).
There's a great selection of locally grown and produced foods at the Market. Many are organic and/or, in the case of animal products, free-range. There are also breads, cheeses, spreads, pestos, cut flowers, live plants, cupcakes, pies and prepared foods. I'll focus on some of our favorite vendors in other posts. If you want to know who's at the Market on a particular week, you can check out their information on farmfreshri.
Bear, as usual, makes a beeline for The Cupcakerie's table.
The market is popular, often crowded, but the crowd tends to be very good-natured, and so are the vendors. Most of the shops in the market are also open, which makes for convenient one-stop shopping. The best part is that the food is fresh and local. You may find things that you didn't know grew locally as well.
The tables line the halls of the Artiste Village, but there's a large empty store front that's developing into a kind of food court. They have live music, and it seems that there are more new vendors every time we attend. I tried some carrot cake jam in one stall, bluefish spread in another, where crepes were being prepared right next door. There truly is something for everyone.