“Food is a relationship that goes so much deeper than reading a label in a supermarket. We want to share the fascinating story of the origin and production of the food we eat everyday.”
–Lisa Raiola, Founder & President of Hope & Main
Schoolyard Market! Summer 2023 Season
Every Wednesday from 4 pm – 7pm
First market on Wed. June 14th through Wed. September 27th
If you’re not hanging out in the Schoolyard at Hope & Main on Wednesday evenings with a craft cocktail or mocktail and a freshly fried falafel pocket, Korean corn dog, or Rhode Island’s only Ethiopian food, well, you’re missing out!
The food incubator’s Schoolyard Market is Warren’s weekly neighborhood block party in the middle of a hyper-local food market. Every Wednesday night we have a rotating line up of passionate food and beverage vendors putting their best dish forward for you. Each week the market will host 20 different vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations, as well as activities for kids, and a fun line-up of themes from Christmas in July, Ice Cream Sundae Week, to Yappy Hour for four legged market-goers. Lawn chairs, wagons, and extra shopping totes are strongly encouraged.
“The Schoolyard Market is truly a place to scope out what’s new in local food and beverage ” says Alison Mountford, Hope & Main’s Director of Marketing, “Since the majority of vendors are members of our culinary incubator, they’re making their products on site and selling them to our community. Some are brand new, making their first sale to the public, and others are here growing and expanding their passionate customer base. Either way, it’s a win for local food lovers.”
Ample free parking is available at the Franklin St. Lot across from the Hope & Main Building
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Meet Your Maker, Winter Market Series
Come Back for More Info in Early Fall 2023!
Fall/Winter Market Dates TBD
This is MORE THAN a farmers market! The Meet Your Maker Market is a marketplace to engaging the public in our nonprofit mission, helping us foster a community of growing and thriving food & beverage companies! Shop for the latest and greatest in locally-produced food and beverage products, and you can also contribute feedback, share in recipe development, learn about new food trends, cooking techniques and nutrition, and more!
During each market, we’ll have live music, hot dinner options from local food trucks, craft cocktails and mocktails, cookies, pet treats, packaged goods, and so much more.
Ample market parking is available at the Franklin St. Lot across from the
Hope & Main Building
More About Our Markets
SNAP, WIC & SENIOR CITIZEN VOUCHERS WELCOME
Over half of all farmers markets in our state provide a Bonus Bucks match for EBT dollars — and we’re one of them! Too many of our neighbors are facing food insecurity. In order to make Schoolyard Market more accessible to everyone we have joined forces with Farm Fresh Rhode Island to offer the Bonus Bucks program. Shoppers can use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for groceries at participating farmers markets, and in turn, the markets match 100% of those funds to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s double the SNAP dollars to spend at the farmers market! Farm Fresh RI’s Bonus Bucks don’t expire and can be used at all participating farmers markets, but we hope you’ll spend most of them here!
Visit the Hope & Main market stall to learn more about all of these programs, and to get your Bonus Bucks tokens.
Live Music Every Market!
Music and food go together so well that we thought we ought to invite local musicians and DJs to play for you all summer long.
Get Here However You Can!
We are located at 691 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885. Parking is free and plentiful in the neighborhood and we’re a direct stop on RIPTA #60. Not into motorized transportation? Note that we’re across the street from the East Bay Bike Path at the Franklin Street intersection.
** No live animals are allowed in the building. Please visit the Hope & Main stall with questions or concerns. **
We’re a Compost Depot! Food waste collected onsite is later processed into nutrient rich soil amendment.
Hope & Main is home to more than 100 small, independent food-related companies looking to develop and expand their businesses. We help “incubate” these companies, offering commercial kitchen spaces and business development resources and connect them with customers and retailers. Obtaining feedback from customers is helping our Members fine-tune their branding and products.