If you can’t grow it yourself, buy local!
Buying locally grown food is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your community.
For one thing, the food is fresher, more nutritious and oftentimes grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. For another, spending your food dollars in state keeps local farmers in business. The 2015 update to The Economic Impact of Rhode Island Plant-based Industries and Agriculture estimates annual sales at $238.9 million, supporting 2,563 jobs in Rhode Island. Lastly, buying directly from growers at farmers markets puts a human face to those who work to feed us (and vice-versa!).
You can buy locally grown food raised by SCLT-trained growers at farmers markets, CSAs and many of Rhode Island’s best restaurants. (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. Farmers sell “shares” of their yields to consumers who pick up their share on a weekly basis.) Here are lists of local CSAs with SCLT connections and local restaurants that use produce grown by farmers on SCLT land and/or trained by our staff:
Produce grown at City Farm and other SCLT properties can be bought at several farmers markets. Look for the City Farm booth at the Lippitt Park/Hope Street Farmers Market. City Farm also sells its produce through the Little City Growers Co-op at the Armory Park Farmers Market.
See our Find a Farmers Market page for more information about these markets and others throughout the state.