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 and more nutritious. 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. 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:
For a complete list of both farmers markets and CSAs in Rhode Island, refer to Farm Fresh RI.