Coastal Growers' Market ~Best Indoor Eats~
After scoping out the best indoor eats at the Wintertime Farmers’ Market in Pawtucket, we decided to continue our research at another popular indoor farmers’ market: the Coastal Growers’ Winter Market in North Kingstown. Tucked in “The Dye House” just behind Lafayette Mill, the market is bustling every Saturday (10 am–1 pm) with a delightful assembly of weekly veggie, dairy, meat and seafood vendors, plus a handful of rotating craft stalls with handmade and local products.
So head over to Lafayette Mill on 650 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown this weekend and enjoy a piece of the heartwarming Rhode Island community. Amidst the tables filled with seasonal goodies and charming vendors, here are some good eats you won’t want to miss:
Snacks: When you need just a li’l something.
The Coffee Guy
Based in Middletown, The Coffee Guy is an artisan roaster that operates solely in farmers’ markets around Rhode Island. They roast all of their coffee in small batches in order to deliver their beans at the peak of freshness. You can buy whole beans, ground coffee or brews by the cup. We suggest picking up one of their smooth hot coffees early in your shopping to stay warm!
Fox Point Pickles
Who doesn’t love pickles? Fox Point Pickles’ crunchy, flavorful veggies help fight back winter, immediately transporting us to our favorite summertime memories. If you’re looking to try out something new, healthy and tasty, we recommend the pickled carrots!
The Brass Ring
Don’t be fooled; these sweet-looking treats aren’t for you, they’re for your faithful furry pal! The Brass Ring, created and executed by Johnson & Wales graduate Cherai DiMeo, handmakes small batches of dog treats using as many local, fresh ingredients as possible. While the flavors change with the seasons, we suggest bringing home a handful of their most popular treats: the Chicken/Carrot combo.
Br(L)unch: When you want something filling and delicious (with room for dessert).
On the day we visited, Pat’s Pastured was serving up two aromatic homemade stews. What better way to warm up the body and soul when it’s chilly out? We love Pat’s mission: happy animals, high quality products via organic methods, and wholesome community involvement. Stop by to check in with what they’ve got cooking each week and you’re guaranteed some friendly words and the highest quality of love and meat you could ask for.
Olga's Cup + Saucer
Did you know this classic brunch place in Providence started out as a small, seasonal farm bakery in Little Compton? Since then, they’ve transformed into one of Providence’s iconic breakfast joints, but have kept their farm roots by traveling to a handful of weekly markets throughout the state. With a host of dreamy goodies and fresh breads, it’s hard to go wrong with any choice. We like their savory, pizza-like butternut squash, beet and carrot galette with goat cheese (and don’t forget a churro baked donut for dessert!).
Somethin’ Sweet: For that post-market satisfaction.
There is nothing on earth that should sway you from giving Anchor Toffee’s crisp, crunchy treats a try. Their signature Almond Butter Toffee is hand crafted in small batches, resulting in the perfect New England balance of sweet and salty. Grab a bag of their toffee crumbles to share or, if that’s not your style, their truffle collections and chocolate spreads also can’t be beat.
The Ultimate Combo: For those bold enough to mix and match!
Reynold’s Farm Goat Cheese + Terry’s Tasty Treasures Jam
Sometimes you stumble across two individual delicacies that are each perfectly delightful on their own; but other times, you just know they’re meant to be together. We layered a generous spread of Reynold’s Farm Garlic Goat Cheese on a slice of Olga’s bread, and added a generous helping of Terry’s Tasty Treasures Garlic Hot Pepper Jelly right on top. The result? A smooth, creamy cheese, balanced by a satisfying crunch and a slightly sweet kick. The true confession? We bought two tubs of goat cheese because it was so good!
Be sure to visit the market when it moves outdoors too! Coastal Growers’ Market will be moving outside to their summer location at Casey Farm in Saunderstown from May 7 through October 29, 2016.