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Prime Time at South County Farmers Markets

The season's top destinations for fresh produce and locally sourced food

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Many of us fall into a routine: work, daycare, supermarket, home, and back again. We forget that farmers markets exist, and that August is peak season for raspberries, pears, peaches, potatoes, sweet corn, and cucumbers, among other juicy produce. Rhode Island is home to no fewer than 45 farmers markets, many of which are located in South County. Can’t remember where you saw that folksy roadside banner? Here’s a small crop to consider.

Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Farmers Market: Meet your local cultivators every Sunday morning in this pastoral park, just a stone’s throw from the ocean, and another stone’s throw from Point Judith Pond. Here you’ll find everything from cut flowers and honey to maple syrup and fresh veggies. 1011 Point Judith Road, Narragansett

South Kingstown Farmers Market: Twice a week, you can browse the South Kingstown aisles, first on Tuesday afternoons at Marina Park in Wakefield, then on Saturday mornings at East Farm in South Kingstown. The market focuses on food, but it draws other artisans as well. 

The Charlestown Land Trust Farmers Market: Where can you meet an alpaca, browse fine art, and also slurp some oysters? This eclectic market is only open Friday mornings through September 1, but you get a lot of local bang for your buck. 4150 Old Post Road, Charlestown

Coastal Growers Market: Massive destination for produce and micro-greens, as well as artisan gifts and live music. 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown

Wickford Farmers Market: This eclectic farmers market takes place every Thursday afternoon in the heart of Wickford Village. Town Parking Lot, Brown Street, Wickford.

Jamestown Farmers Market: Find everything from bread and cheese to preserves and vinegar, right across from the Jamestown ferry landing. Recreation Center, Conanicus Drive, Jamestown