fmarket1One of the more challenging aspects of living in Rhode Island in the Winter is access to local foods year-round.  We are lucky to have many local farmer’s markets open May through October but the presence of winter markets is now expanding and growing.  In fact, the Providence Wintertime Farmer’s Market is continuing to grow and prosper.

The Providence Wintertime Farmers Market started in 2007 with only ten to twelve farms and producers and grew quickly. In fact, in 2008 more space was needed so the market moved to the south hall of Hope Artiste Village where more than 50 farms and producers now sell their goods. This year, the market will now also be open on Wednesday evenings so we can take advantage of the local faire twice a week.

You can look forward to the following items this Winter and into Spring: Lettuces, arugula, bok choi, kale, collards, cabbage, chard, apples, cider, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, radishes, fresh herbs, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, winter squash, oysters, beef, pork, Narragansett Creamery cheese, eggs, honey, and maple syrup.  You will also find: jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten-free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair-trade coffee hot or by the pound, gifts for your favorite foodiefmarket2

DECEMBER: Wreaths and trees, broccoli, cauliflower
FEBRUARY: rosemary, thyme
MARCH: maple syrup, salad greens, chard, bok choi, cilantro, parsley
APRIL: ramps, asparagus, fiddleheads

To see Who’s at the market and grab a Market Map, head on over to farmfresh.org