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.
Look for City Farm’s booth at the Lippett Park/Hope Street Farmers Market. City Farm is a founding member of the Little City Growers co-op, which sells at the Armory Park Farmers Market. SCLT-trained farmers sell at the Broad Street Farmers Market and the Sankofa World Market
Farmers we’ve trained, or who lease their farmland from us, also sell at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market, from November through April each year.
For a complete list of both farmers markets and CSAs in Rhode Island, refer to Farm Fresh RI’s website.