These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Rhode Island For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Rhode Island offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Rhode Island? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Rhode Island farmers markets:

  1. Wintertime Farmers Market, Pawtucket, RI
  2. Hope Street Farmers Market, Providence, RI
  3. Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market, Cranston, RI
  4. Aquidneck Growers’ Markets In Newport, Newport, RI
  5. Burrillville Farmers Market, Harrisville, RI
  6. Armory Farmers Market, Providence, RI
  7. Weaver Library Farmers’ Market, East Providence, RI
  8. Weekapaug Farmers’ Market, Weekapaug, RI
  9. Brown University Farmers Market, Providence, RI
  10. Sankofa World Market, Providence, RI

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the cheapest place to live in Rhode Island.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Rhode Island?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Rhode Island, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Ocean State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Rhode Island, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Wintertime Farmers Market

Wintertime Farmers Market -- Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Pawtucket, RI
Address: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 2860
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

2. Hope Street Farmers Market

Hope Street Farmers Market -- Providence, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Providence, RI
Address: 1059 Hope Street, Providence, RI 2906
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market -- Cranston, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Cranston, RI
Address: 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 2905
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Aquidneck Growers’ Markets In Newport

Aquidneck Growers' Markets In Newport -- Newport, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Newport, RI
Address: Memorial Boulevard and Edgar Street, Newport, RI 2840
Times: Wed: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Burrillville Farmers Market

Burrillville Farmers Market -- Harrisville, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Harrisville, RI
Address: Main Street, Harrisville, RI None
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Armory Farmers Market

Armory Farmers Market -- Providence, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Providence, RI
Address: Parade Street, Providence, RI 2909
Times: Thu: 3:30 AM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

7. Weaver Library Farmers’ Market

Weaver Library Farmers' Market -- East Providence, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: East Providence, RI
Address: 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 2914
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Weekapaug Farmers’ Market

Weekapaug Farmers' Market -- Weekapaug, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 48.6
City: Weekapaug, RI
Address: 2 Wawaloam Drive, Weekapaug, RI 2891
Times: Fri: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

9. Brown University Farmers Market

Brown University Farmers Market -- Providence, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 34.3
City: Providence, RI
Address: 201 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 2912
Times: Wed: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: N

10. Sankofa World Market

Sankofa World Market -- Providence, RI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 31.4
City: Providence, RI
Address: 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 2907
Times: Wed: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: N
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: N

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Rhode Island

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Ocean State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Rhode Island

Name City Rank Score
Wintertime Farmers Market Pawtucket 1 74.3
Hope Street Farmers Market Providence 2 65.7
Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market Cranston 3 62.9
Aquidneck Growers’ Markets In Newport Newport 4 60.0
Burrillville Farmers Market Harrisville 5 57.1
Armory Farmers Market Providence 6 51.4
Weaver Library Farmers’ Market East Providence 7 51.4
Weekapaug Farmers’ Market Weekapaug 8 48.6
Brown University Farmers Market Providence 9 34.3
Sankofa World Market Providence 10 31.4
Greene Public Library Association Farmers Market Greene 11 31.4
Slater Park Farmers Market Pawtucket 12 28.6
Providence Downtown Farmers Market Providence 13 25.7
Woonsocket Farmers Market Woonsocket 14 25.7
Neutaconkanut Farmers Market Providence 15 22.9
Providence/broad St. Farmers’ Market Providence 16 20.0
Central Falls Farmers Market Central Falls 17 20.0
Captiol Hill Farmers Market Providence 18 17.1
Whole Foodsâ??garden City Farmersâ?? Market Cranston 19 0.0

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