The Miantonomi Farmers Market will open on July 1 and run every Monday afternoon from 2 to 6 PM in Miantonomi Park on Hillside Avenue through the end of August. Local vendors will sell fresh produce, prepared foods, and hot and cold beverages, complemented by family activities ranging from Save The Bay’s “Touch Tank” (hold live sea creatures in your hand!) to a free bilingual performance co-produced by Trinity Repertory Company and Rhode Island Latino Arts of Shakespeare’s classic play “Much Ado About Nothing,” in Spanish and English, after the market on July 8. 

The popular Food Explorers program will return to introduce new fruit and vegetable tastes to kids, plus other games and activities. In addition to the adjacent playground, the park’s Play Hut with be open and supervised, with play equipment available. Musicians and other entertainment will vary from week to week, including an intergenerational food and culture program presented by the Black Storytellers of Rhode Island. Parking will be available on Hillside Avenue as well as in the nearby Pell Elementary School lot on Dexter Street. 

The market will offer a 100% bonus for fruit and vegetable purchases when SNAP customers use their EBT cards to buy tokens at the market’s Welcome Stall – for every dollar that SNAP customers spend, they receive an additional one-for- one $1 match in tokens to purchase fresh produce. Many market vendors also accept WIC (Women, Infants and Children) vouchers –including WIC farmers market vouchers – and Senior Farmers Market vouchers. All customers without cash may use their debit or credit cards to purchase market tokens at the Welcome Stall for convenient shopping at every stall. 

The Miantonomi Farmers Market is a joint project of Aquidneck Community Table and the Newport Health Equity Zone, funded by the Rhode Island Foundation in a partnership designed to make affordable fresh foods available in a community-oriented setting in one of Newport’s most historic and beautiful city parks. 

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