Hello and Happy August– and at the risk of sounding like everyone else…. How is it August already?? I don’t want the end of summer in my sight just yet!
I hope you’ve all been eating well this summer. True, there may be ice cream shops and Del’s stands everywhere you turn, but I’m also seeing tons of signs for “Fresh Eggs” and “Fresh Produce” all over the place. I’ve really been making the effort to add more locally grown and raised foods into my life and I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to spots. Click on the links to see each Facebook page for more info:
1100 Lafayette Rd, North Kingstown RI
This is our second season joining their CSA. (FYI: CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.) You pay a fee to the farm upfront and each week you pick up a bag of whatever goodies were harvested. This one began 3 weeks ago and so far we’ve gotten green beans, kale, basil, beets, onions, potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and summer squash. I am almost certain I forgot at least one or two things too. I’m so excited this goes through the end of October when it’s time for all my favorite winter squash. It’s only August and I’m already thinking about pumpkin pie!
What we got last week:
I pick up our loot every Wednesday. This farm is only a few miles from our house so it’s super convenient. It’s definitely a challenge to eat up all of this food before the week is through and we get our next fully loaded bag. Bring on the challenge I say. We honestly DO eat more vegetables because of this CSA! If you’re trying to eat more veggies (who isn’t?) then a CSA like this is a perfect way to make that goal happen. No worries if you missed this year’s CSA– Healey’s farm stand is open now so head over and fill a bag with whatever looks good to you. And don’t forget to say hello to the adorable farm animals that live there. Healey can also be found at the Wickford Village Farmers Market on Thursdays from 1-5pm.
302 Potter Rd, North Kingstown RI
We went a few weeks ago in July– the blueberries were abundant and we picked a huge bagful. It was our first and only time and I highly recommend it. I never even knew this place existed so now I know and now YOU know…so go check it out while they are still in season. I only wish I had thought to snap a picture before we ate all the berries. I also made a Blueberry-Cheezecake with these– delicious!
460 Shumankanuc Hill Rd, Charlestown RI
They are at the Rocky Hill Farmers Market in East Greenwich on Saturdays. Naturally and humanely raised beef, pork and chicken. Awesome eggs. Yes, they even have bacon. ♥ Lucky Foot Ranch is also there with yummy veggies!
71 Weeden Ln and 455 North Rd, Jamestown RI
These two farms are practically right across the street from one another in Jamestown. Grass-fed and pastured meats. Free-range eggs. Fresh cider in the fall! I hear there are even donuts. I’m not far from the Jamestown Bridge and I love going for runs or taking my dog for walks there so it’s a place I visit frequently. Take the scenic ride over the bridge to these farms to pick up their delicious meats and eggs.