Farmers Markets

Connecting with the bounty of Rhode Island’s farmers and food producers

“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

Eat. Learn. Grow.

Open Every Sunday · June 17 – October 28, 2018 · 10am-2pm

A farmers-makers marketplace where locals and visitors come for breakfast, stay for lunch, and leave with dinner.

23sep10:00 am- 2:00 pmSchoolyard MarketA Farmers-Makers Market

Schoolyard Market is engaging visitors as a part of our nonprofit mission, helping locally-based food and beverage businesses start up, scale and thrive. Market-goers will be delighted to find a stellar cast of vendors selling the newest and freshest offerings from New England-based farms, food and beverage producers, bakers, food trucks, and more.

Unlike traditional farmers markets, Schoolyard Market is aims to provide an interactive experience, designed to engage shoppers in more than just making purchases.

“The Schoolyard Market consumer is actually part of the incubation process by providing input and feedback to these budding food entrepreneurs. We have had many companies crowd source and perfect their recipes, packaging and branding during the Schoolyard Market season. That makes this market unlike any other local food experience.”

— Lisa Raiola, Founder & President of Hope & Main

Market-goers can take part in a variety of activities all season long. Have a say in product development and taste testing, be first to learn about new products and new business launches. Get sage gardening advice, wellness and nutrition lessons, cooking demonstrations. Kids will be right at home this season, too, with monthly activities including competitions, games hands-on crafts and learning, and more!

Lots of customer favorites are returning the the Schoolyard for another season, but many new companies are in the mix. This fall, Blount Fine Foods has generously sponsored the market season, and will also take part in vending, using the marketplace to test recipes and packaging for new locally-inspired products and concepts.

“As a mature and successful food company with roots in Warren, RI, we have a responsibility to mentor local food start-ups and support their growth. This creates a more vibrant, sustainable food economy for our state and the region.”

–Todd Blount, President of Blount Fine Foods & founding Board member at Hope & Main

We are a Fresh Bucks Market!


While a popular food destination, too many residents of Warren and throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts face food insecurity. In order to make Schoolyard Market more accessible to our food insecure neighbors, we have joined forces with fellow nonprofit Farm Fresh Rhode Island to facilitate the “Fresh Bucks” program, allowing Food Stamp (EBT) recipients an incredible dollar for dollar “Bonus Bucks” match, which makes healthy, fresh food much more affordable. Most Schoolyard Market farmers accept WIC and Senior Citizen coupons, too. Visit us at the Hope & Main stall to get your Fresh Bucks and learn more about these programs.

Live Entertainment Every Sunday!


Hope & Main has invited local musicians and performers to fill the marketplace with lovely sights and sounds all summer long.

Get Here However You Can!


Parking is free and plentiful in the neighborhood, we’re a direct stop on RIPTA #60, and we’re across the street from the East Bay Bike Path at the Franklin Street intersection.

Polite, properly leashed pets welcome.


Alternutive, LLC Products made using sunflower seed butter, instead of peanut butter, as an alternative for people with nut allergies or for those looking for products made with something different than peanut butter or other nut based butters.

Our mission is to provide alternative products for people with nut allergies that their allergies never allow them to enjoy.

AngelicMomMaker of frozen, vegan, allergy free pancakes!

AngelicMom’s JuneBug Pancakes are delicious,13-ingredient pancakes that are suited for children and adults who have allergies or food intolerances. Recipe ingredients are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, corn, and eggs.

Aura’s Chocolate BarChocolate confections.

Aura is on a mission is to bring not only delicious award winning chocolate, but a full sensorial experience.

Bake Me AwayCakes and pastries made 100% from scratch with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Barrett’s GardenVegan cheese.

Barrett’s Garden brings delicious dairy free, gluten free, vegan foods to the table for everyone to enjoy. Our Farmesan is cashew based sprinkle cheese and Fauxcotta is tofu blended with Italian herbs, ready to use as a spread or in your favorite recipes.

Bellicchi’s BestBiscotti made using local and regional ingredients where possible.

A portion of sales benefit Alzheimer’s Caregiver support and early diagnosis. Maker Kathleen Bellicchi also teaches hands on baking and business skills while growing her business at Hope & Main.

Bootblack Brand Makers of Natural, Small Batch, Cocktail & Soda Syrups.

Borealis Coffee CompanySmall batch artisan coffee roasted located on the East Bay Bike Path in Riverside, RI.

Coffee is an experience worth sharing.

BUPPY PETSArtisan dog treats made with taste and health in mind.

Each recipe contains only four ingredients that you can taste and see. Pets are treated every day. Let’s treat them well. Would you feed the dog you treat like family food you wouldn’t feed your family? We wouldn’t either. That’s why BUPPY PETS® bakes artisan dog treats with taste and health in mind. Our recipes contain ingredients you can see and are stamped with our promise: Four Ingredients. For Pets. For Good.

D’s LectablesStriving to offer a large variety of treat options in many different diet styles. Products include cookies, brownies, coffee cakes, granola, granola bars, cheese crackers and dry cookie mix.

We create items in a variety of diet styles including old fashioned (white/wheat flour), gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free. Everything is freshly made (not just freshly baked) and made with no preservatives and with local ingredients where available. Local ingredients include farm fresh eggs, local honey, maple syrup and sugar, coffee, peanut butter and produce. We also customize recipes per customer’s specific diet choices. To offer the perfect treat through creative variety and recipe customization.

Through years of experiments and open mindedness Darlene has developed an enormous compilation of recipes and alternative ingredient options to suit most diets. Using the freshest, high quality ingredients we are able to offer what we consider “healthier” treat choices in old fashioned, whole grain, gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan options.

Jaju PierogiMaking Polish pierogi that taste like the family recipe.

Pierogi are made from scratch using local ingredients whenever possible.

KoolibanDelicious nut butters made using only natural, non-GMO, eco-friendly, socially-conscious ingredients, including their signature, Argan Oil.

This prized culinary oil from Morocco is used because of its rich nutrients—Vitamins A and E, Vegan Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Linoleic Acid—known for helping skin, hair, and nails look their best while reducing inflammation and cellular damage inside the body.

Enjoyful FoodsCacao (chocolate) products.

Bring real, pure and healthy chocolate to people the way nature intended it.

Five Smooth StonesSpecializing in beets, micro greens, kale and cherry tomatoes.

To bring fresh local produce to the public.

Fraulein’s BakeryAuthentic German and European sweet and savory pastries, cakes, strudel and cookies made with organic, locally sourced ingredients.

Our mission is to delight our customers with all organic authentic German & European pastries.

GG’s PretzelsChocolate dipped pretzels in a variety of flavors and with a variety of toppings.

GG’s Pretzels’ chocolate dipped pretzel rods are that perfect combination of sweet and salty. It is a great way to treat yourself – but without the guilt. Their pretzels come in a variety of flavors and with a variety of toppings and make the perfect gift for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and more. They also offer pretzel platters that are perfect for any occasion.

Just Like Nana’sJewish Pastry.

Providing great pastry with a social mission of helping people who have faced challenging circumstances get back into the workforce.

Marathon BreadI bake bread. Maybe a pastry or two.

Delivering nutritious and tasty bread made with locally sourced grains.

Mesa Fresca Rooted in family and tradition.

Driven by the desire to nourish and bring people together with great food. Family is at the heart of everything Mesa Fresca does, their recipes are an extension of our mother’s cooking. At Mesa Fresca we craft all natural and authentic Argentine sauces, delivering the delicious and fresh flavors of Hispanic cuisine. Current offerings include Classic Chimichurri, Spicy Chimichurri, and Salsa Criolla.

Always Fresh, Always Authentic – it’s what we stand for at Mesa Fresca, which literally translates to the fresh table. Mesa Fresca is more than food. We are driven by the desire to nourish and bring people together through great food that is good for you and good for the soul.

Moonlightrose AlpacasAlpaca farm and maker of hats, gloves, mittens, socks, scarves, yarn, boot liners, dryer balls and yarn.

Nest and Song FarmWe are a small, diversified farm in Westport, MA.

Committed to providing our local communities with fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat produced in ways that ensure ecological and human health for both current and future generations.

OURgrainUp-cycling Brewers’ Spent Grain, the by-product of the beer brewing process, and converting it into a nutritious flour.

The company also sells goods with the flour incorporated, to show home cooks how they can be sustainable, whilst creating delicious products. To create sustainable consumables that have a significant impact on food waste while delivering quality and healthfulness to our consumers.

Rheds, LLCRhed’s makes fermented hot sauce(s) using the best ingredients from local farms!

Rhode Island ShellfishWe make seafood products using locally sourced shellfish.

Making really good seafood products that represent RI.

Sacred Cow GranolaArtisan Granola.

Creating a unique healthy flavorful food experience.

SanoBe SuperfoodsPeanut butter manufacturer.

Making ordinary food extraordinary.

Secrets in the Kitchen“Secrets in the Kitchen” is a platform for pasta demonstrations and classes, inspiring two delicious products added: Marinara Sauce and The Vine Grape Syrup.

TGF Baked GoodsPurveyor of Totally Gluten Free Baked Goods.

Featuring muffins, scones, cookies, fruit breads and biscuits. Our mission is to produce a gluten free product that has the taste and texture of traditional baked items that use wheat and other gluten enriched flours. Our goal is to change the stigma that gluten free baked goods carry with them.

The Perfect SweetBringing you traditional French macarons and Modern American Macarons in an endless variety of flavor and color combinations.

Owner and Baker, Tracy Woodard finds macaron inspiration in everything from French Patisseries to American candy bars and every baked good, as well as, many savory ingredients. Adding new flavor combinations to the menu each week, The Perfect Sweet develops combination packages inspired by seasons, holidays, special occasions, sports teams, colors, just about anything… Our classic varieties include: cookies ‘n’ créme, sea salt caramel, tart lemonade, strawberry buttercream, raspberry buttercream, key lime pie, orange crémaron, vanilla bean, coconut almond, and more, while our specialty varieties include everything from: bourbon apple pie and white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake to Snickers® and Reese’s® to Blueberry Meyer Lemon and Plum Cassis to our signature Lickity, with handmade marshmallow stuffed peanut butter, toffee crunch and a chocolate drizzle. Nearly all of our macarons are gluten free and all are made with the finest natural ingredients from scratch and with a whole lot of love.
Every macaron shell, fillings, buttercreams, and ganaches are made from scratch, using the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. You won’t find any mixes, pre-made fillings or lard-based frosting. Our mission is to make authentic, colorful, tasty, high quality macarons that have an American sense of adventure and variety. We like to use as many local farmers and makers as possible in the recipes we create and use very little, if any artificial ingredients. The main exception to this is the vibrant colors we use in many of our varieties, but to me, this is an integral part of what makes our macarons special.

QuinnSea CupcakesProviding delicious cupcakes that not only taste good, but are pretty too!

Weatherlow FarmsSustainable livestock and florals farm, workshops and events venue.

Our Mission is to be a good steward of the land. To heal and nurture with the highest level of animal husbandry and agricultural practice.

Young Family FarmLittle Compton-based farm that grows fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

We are committed to utilizing the safest, best management growing practices to ensure our customers can purchase high quality affordable food.

The Compost Plant

We’re a Compost Depot! Food waste collected onsite is later processed into nutrient rich soil amendment.

Eat, Drink & Shop Local

Meet Your Maker

Happening once a month on Sundays, 10am-2pm: November 2018 – May 2019

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Hungry for good local food? Join us for Meet Your Maker! When Schoolyard Market season closes, we eat, drink and shop local at Meet Your Maker! Our indoor market features dozens of our members, and often times local farmers or artisans, too.

Tour and taste your way through a lively, bustling marketplace filled to the brim with Rhode Island-made specialty food and drinks! Meet Your Maker is an opportunity to take a peek inside Rhode Island’s food manufacturing economy. Our local “foodieconomy” is fueled by the relationship between food makers, growers, educators and the consumer. Here, market-goers can see these relationships in action – meet the makers themselves and learn what inspires these budding food entrepreneurs to charge ahead with their businesses.

Applications are currently closed for 2017-18 Meet Your Maker Market season. Please email us for more information on getting involved.

Give FEEDback!

Hope & Main is home to more than 50 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.


Call 401.245.7400 or drop us a line.