To the delight of shoppers and growers alike, farmers market season is underway in Rhode Island. Exciting new vendors, featured popups, and family-friendly fun comes to the Armory Park Market this year, one of the longest continually operating markets in the area.
Now open every Thursday from June 1 through October 26, 3pm to 7pm at 85 Parade Street in Providence, the market’s evening hours, ample parking, and vendor variety make it a convenient one-stop shop. New to the market this year are cheese, ice cream, and bread vendors. Special guests make appearances throughout the market season, from resource organizations to performers. Of course, perennial vendors like SCLT’s City Farm, are glad to return to this established market.
For more than 25 years, “Armory Market has been representative of the diversity of the neighborhood, from vendors to patrons. And it doesn’t get more hyper-local than this!” City Farm Steward and longtime market vendor Rich Pederson says. Standing at City Farm, less than a mile from Armory Park, Rich and a small team of SCLT staff, interns, and volunteers carefully handle bunches of apple mint, sage, green garlic, and lettuce they harvested from the grounds within the last two hours. SCLT’s Ellen Asermely, who has dual-duty as Youth Education Coordinator and City Farm assistant, adds that the overall experience draws her to this market. “It’s afternoons in a beautiful park, with food trucks and music and good vibes.”
Be sure to visit the Armory Park Market to get a taste of the new flavors!