Winter Farmer's Market [Pawtucket, RI]
by RYAN CALDARONE
What's become an almost weekly staple for us, traveling to the Winter Farmers' Market inside Pawtucket Rhode Island's Hope Artiste Village is a great start to your weekend. Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities are packed with small farms, boutique craftables, and great places to shop for locally sourced meats and produce. Mill towns like Pawtucket are perfect venues for community events like the weekend market.
The one time where it's okay to go shopping on an empty stomach, we found great bakers who sell fresh muffins and pastries individually and in bulk. New Harvest Coffee Roasters have a location within the mill where plenty of market goers begin their day. Their classic Latte is fantastic, but I make it a point to have a quick espresso on each visit. Since we recently began raw juicing, we were delighted to find that Fully Rooted juice sets up a regular booth in the Winter Market.
While most vendors accept cash and credit cards via smartphones and tablets, if you're in the mood for a communal experience you can purchase Winter Market coins at the door. All market participants accept these quaint tokens, which come in $5 increments, and it's a fun way to support our local farmers and keep the money within the community.
A community event in Rhode Island wouldn't be complete without the state's memorable foodtrucks; and Rocket Street Food has been there each visit! Their home made rocket sauce is out of this world, and I highly recommend the Ron Swanson burger. It's a great burger.
This time the Mijos LA Style Taco Truck was also parked outside the mill, and Ashley picked up a rather large egg burrito. I may have taken a small (large) bite or two while waiting. The Winter Farmer's Market is always one of our favorite weekend adventures, since each of the vendors are easily accessible by short drive from our home. We constantly make new friends and discover new shops to travel to throughout the week.