For lovers of fresh local produce and food, it’s time to celebrate as this week will see the opening of the 25th summer season of Aquidneck Growers’ Markets in Middletown and Newport.  

Their Newport market will open outdoors on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, from 2 PM to 6 PM on Memorial Boulevard , and their Middletown market will move from inside Newport Vineyards to outside at Newport Vineyards on Saturday, May 18, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. These markets are both held weekly, rain or shine.

Aquidneck Community Table, the parent organization behind the market on Memorial Boulevard and Newport Vineyards, has recently been awarded a “Local Hero” by readers of edible RHODY magazine, and the Community Partnership award by the Women’s Resource Center/Newport Health Equity Zone.

The markets welcome back vendors new and familiar, offering a wide selection of locally sourced foods: fresh vegetables and fruit; pasture-raised meat and eggs; fresh and smoked fish; artisan breads and pastries; flowers; bedding plants and a selection of prepared foods, plus freshly squeezed juices.

Aquidneck Growers’ Market partners with Farm Fresh RI to offer 100% match for fruit and vegetables for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) clients who use their EBT allowance at the market’s Welcome Stall.  Many market vendors also accept WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Senior Citizen coupons.

In 2017 these markets were awarded “Must-See Market in RI” by Yankee Magazine, chosen from almost 50 summer markets for their lovely locations and selection of unique products.

A full list of market vendors and information can be found at

Farmers’ Market at Miantonomi Park

Opening on July 1 for its third season, the farmers’ market at Miantonomi Park will be offering produce from local farmers as well as prepared food and baked goods every Monday from 2 pm to 6 pm through August. 

The Miantonomi Farmers Market is a joint effort with Newport Health Equity Zone (Newport HEZ) partner Aquidneck Community Table.

According to Newport HEZ’s latest newsletter, the Food Explorers table will be back, for kids to try new fruits and vegetables every week, and other activities for the whole family will include music, performances, games, and activities such the Save the Bay’s traveling Touch Tank with sea creatures to see and hold! The market will be set up near the picnic tables and playground, and the Play Hut will be open and staffed during market hours.

The RI Black Storytellers will return with their “Intergenerational gathering” on food and culture, bringing together youth and seniors to share stories and traditions and then prepare a meal together reflecting the cultures of the participants  This multi-week gathering is a joint project of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) , Housing Authority of the City of Newport, and the Newport HEZ.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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