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
Eat. Learn. Grow.

Schoolyard Market | 2019

Sundays, 9am-1pm, June 16-October 27

28jul9:00 am1:00 pmSchoolyard MarketOur Weekly Farmers & Makers Market

Our 2019 Schoolyard Vendors

Please note that vendor schedules vary and not all vendors will be present each week. Click here to get the upcoming schedule!

13 Stars  | Premium hot sauces on a mission

The Backyard Food Company |  Gourmet condiments

Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti | Delicious biscotti made with unique flavors and the perfect crunch

The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop | Tea.Culture.Community

Blount Fine Foods | Upgrading America’s soup experience

Borealis Coffee | A small-batch roastery and cafe

BUPPY PETS  | Artisan 4 ingredient dog treats made with taste and health in mind

Brunch Belly  |  A food truck serving up awesome food that hits the sweet spot between flavor and love

Cloverbud Ranch |  Sustainably and humanely raised grass-fed beef and pastured pork from Aquidneck Island

Cultro |  Bringing family back to the dinner table with great food

Culture Tree Kombucha | honey-based kombucha, brewed with 100% organic ingredients

The Curve and Line Co. | affordable natural products handmade with sustainably and locally sourced materials

Forge To Table  |  Handmade and affordable Japenese-style knives

Just Like Nana’s  | Traditionally crafted rugelah with a modern twist

Kane’s Kitchen Salsa | Small batch home made salsa

Lafleur’s Wildflower Honey | Locally harvest honey

Matilda’s  | Dominican inspired gourmet pastelitos made with local artisan dough

Mindful Maia  | a mobile raw juice bar that offers delicious healing refreshments made from fruits, vegetables and herbs

Minymeals  | Fresh, high quality, creatively prepared foods

Moonlight Rose Alpacas  |  Alpaca clothing and accessories made from our impeccably bred alpacas

Nest and Song Farm  |  A small, diversified farm in Westport, MA committed to providing our local communities with fresh vegetables, fruit, and eggs produced in ways that ensure ecological and human health

Orathai’s |  Premium Pad Thai meal kit

Pop On the Block |  High quality, gourmet style popcorn

Rhode Island Shellfish  |  Gourmet seafood products using all locally sourced shellfish

Rocket Fine Foods | Out of this world hamburgers

Rose Mary’s Pralines | The best-tasting praline inside and outside of New Orleans

Sacred Cow Granola  | Hand-crafted, all-natural, small-batch granola that is vegan, gluten-friendly, non-GMO and filled with superfoods

Savory Fare  | Home delivered and handcrafted meals that take the work out of eating well in the comfort of your home

Scarf Real Food | Vegan fusion comfort food

Secrets in the Kitchen| Marinara sauce so good your taste buds will thank you!

ShadyLane Foods | Hand crafted, all natural granola that is vegan, gluten friendly, free of preservatives, refined sugar and cholesterol

Sinobox Pastry | Artisanal Chinese pastries

SourceFire Sauce  |  Sauces with a perfect balance between flavor and heat

Tap Drops | Water well traveled

TGF Baked Goods | Totally gluten-free (and delicious!) baked goods

Travis Family Farm | All natural goat milk body care products

WICK-ed Candle Co. | candles made with soy wax in a variety of originally designed and upcycled vessels that are environmentally conscious and fun!

Z Pita Chipz | thin, crispy, crunchy pita chipz that are crafted in small batches with no added preservatives

Thank You to Our 2019 Schoolyard Sponsors!

Come for breakfast, stay for lunch, leave with dinner!

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

Eat, Drink & Shop Local

Meet Your Maker | 2018-19

Happening once a month on these Sundays, 10am-2pm:

November 11  •  December 16  •  January 13
February 10  •  March 10  •  April 14  •  May 19

PLUS! Bonus Mini Market & Holiday Order Pickup events from 4-7pm on Wednesday, November 21 & Friday, December 21 for your convenience!

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OUR DOORS ARE OPEN!

Tour and taste your way through our monthly makers marketplace and open house! A rotating cast of the newest and most exciting Rhode Island-based food and beverage companies will be here to meet and mingle with you! Explore an abundance of well-made goods like freshly roasted coffee and cold drinks, fresh produce and farm goods, prepared foods, specialty products, sweet treats and lovely gifts.

 

WHY NOT LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING WHILE YOU’RE HERE?

Stop by the Demonstration Kitchen for hands-on activities, cooking demonstrations and tastings and get real nutrition advice. Caterers, food trucks and chefs will also be on site cooking up brunch and lunch to order all season. All food fans welcome!

INTERESTED IN VENDING? Email market@makefoodyourbusiness.org to learn more!

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!

More good news! Most Schoolyard Market farmers accept WIC and Senior Citizen coupons, too.

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 to play for you all summer long. Each Sunday you’ll be able to enjoy the work and talent of a variety of musicians ranging from Latin Jazz to Bluegrass. Sing-alongs, clapping, snapping, foot stomping and improvisational dancing are all totally fine with us. We’re all here to have fun!

Tips are appreciated!

Want to play for us sometime? Great! Drop us a line: market@makefoodyourbusiness.org

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.

Polite, properly leashed pets welcome!

Sometimes your favorite family members aren’t always people so we want you to know — we can relate. If your beloved pet is well-behaved, leashed and supervised by a responsible adult then they’re welcome to shop, too!

It’s important that we all contribute to a safe and happy environment for all. Please be aware of how your pet’s presence and/or actions may affect other shoppers, and join us in assuring that everyone feels comfortable.

Disruptive, ill-behaved pets will not be allowed. Irresponsible pet owners will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to return with your pet.

** 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.

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.

Questions?

Call 401.245.7400 or drop us a line.