The new season, which starts May 6, will feature significant alterations to our line-up. Long-time loyal vendors Presto Strange O Coffee and LeFavorite Bakery have decided to forgo the market this year. We will miss them and their delicious treats, but you can find them via their internet postings and storefront, respectively.
Fear not, though! Bolt Coffee, a Providence company that runs the cafes at the Dean Hotel and the RISD Museum, will join us every week with their coffees, Knead Doughnuts and Seven Stars bread. We also plan to have Rebelle Artisan Bagels.
Over the winter, we’ve been working to improve the quality and quantity of vendors and products at our market. We’ve revised our standards to reflect the increasingly specific needs of our community, and to support our small farmers who use sustainable and safe agricultural practices for the benefit of the land, their workers and our consumers. Our farmers pledge to bring only their own products to market; if they offer a product from another farmer that no one else at our market can provide, they will verify the origin and growing method and prominently post this information. The market manager will be visiting every farm to observe what’s growing and how, adding another layer of assurance that our market is a reliable source of safe food.
A new vendor who tried us out last fall will be returning in the spring: Weatherlow Farms of Westport MA. In their own words: Our Mission is to be a steward of the land. To heal and nurture with the highest level of animal husbandry and agricultural practice. Our “eco-organic”, biological farming practices allow us to honor the special link between soil health, animal health and human health. Weatherlow Farms sits atop one of the highest points in bucolic Westport, MA. Our 200 rolling acres of pasture, field, woodlands, and wetlands are home to a growing abundance of livestock and wildlife. The farm, purchased from the Medeiros family in 2014, has a rich agricultural history, supporting a thriving dairy operation for much of the past century. Today, the overarching goal of Weatherlow Farms is to provide a superior product while supporting biodiversity and utilizing biological farming methods with a focus on soil health.
They will be offering pork, beef, lamb, chevon (goat), and cut flower bouquets. If you didn’t try any of their excellent meats at the market last fall, you can check them out at the Wintertime Market in Pawtucket.
See you at a market.
CORRECTION: Bolt Coffee Company is definitely joining the market, but the doughnut and bread options are still unofficial. They do serve both at their cafes, so in our excitement, we asked if they could bring those as well as their coffee. Stay tuned for updates!