Now in its 24th year, National Farmers Market Week (August 6 – 12, 2023) is an annual celebration highlighting the vital role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. The week’s events help boost market attendance and visibility. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the value these markets bring to our communities. How do they help? Fresh fruits and vegetables are furnished by local farmers, which benefit folks who might otherwise not have access to these and other vendor items. People of all ages and backgrounds can come and try new food, and learn about healthy foods, such as where fruits and vegetables are grown and how to prepare them. There’s also a host of other non-edible items available which make for great gifts—if you’re not too tempted to keep them for yourself!
While there are several farmers markets throughout the southern New England area, folks will be thrilled about the newest in Foster. Perfect weather brought a steady flow of visitors on August 6, and several vendors were on hand to welcome them. More vendors are expected to attend in the coming weeks.
West Meadowbrook Farm, now in its first season, also participates every Tuesday at the Farmers Market at Greene Library in Coventry and in Burrillville on Saturday mornings, offers in-season vegetables. Eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, watermelon—all locally grown and brought in straight from the farm. Can’t get any fresher than that! Saro did a fine job of keeping up with the pace, as this stand was very popular. “They are a fantastic person, an amazing farmer, and a passionate plant whisperer,” says Proprietor Matthew Haynes. “In spite of some weather challenges, we are having a great first-growing season on the farm, due to Saro’s expertise, passion, and work ethic.”
Looking for a unique gift? Oldham Corner Creations offers wreaths, custom clothing, home décor, and goat milk soaps made from Proprietor Cortney Oldham’s very own goats, “All made with love from the corners of my homestead,” she says. “Custom requests are always welcome!” Check out her Facebook page for more info.
Natural Designs of the Moosup Valley Farm offers fresh cut flowers for all occasions. Pick from a large assortment of various potted plants and flowers, or even some hand-crafted jewelry.
Ran out without breakfast? Treat yourself to a delicious bagel and coffee, or other assorted goodies, at the On the Rhode Cafe food truck. Owner Caity Wallitsch was just nominated for Motif’s Blue Truck Award, so you know it’s good.
Alan Kinsley, owner of the Lazy K Ranch, offers alpaca items such as socks, mittens, hats, purses, even raw honey, and honeycomb. There’s also a mini-petting zoo where you can hand feed his alpacas. “Today we brought Eileen and Brownie,” says Kinsley. “It’s who we can grab each time that determines which two are coming.” Kinsley is also the manager of the Foster Farmer’s Market. “We’re here every Sunday, 9am to 1pm through the last Sunday in October. For GPS, use 110 Danielson Pike,” advises Kinsley. Locals know this as the intersection of Routes 6 and 94.
Vendors and artisans interested in selling produce or wares may contact Town Planner Grant McGregor at email@example.com.