That’s it, go out and enjoy the first week of relaxed restrictions since we were forced into pandemic rules in the Spring of 2020.

I just got back from the South County Famer’s Market, which has switched from its Winter iteration of Saturday hours to the Summer version that opens from 3:30-7:30 pm on Friday afternoons at the same location at the Lazy K Ranch. It’s located at 71 Beaver River Rd. in West Kingston, I’ve written about it before, plenty of locally grown food, and products, a good place to support local business people. So please keep it in mind in the future if you’re nearby. Below is a list of local brewers and wineries we’ve reviewed in the past and you should visit if you get the chance this weekend while you’re out and want to spend locally:  

Grey Sail Brewery, 63 Canal St., Westerly. and for indoor seating, check their website and call ahead. Plenty of outdoor seating.

Rejects Brewery, 124 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, outdoor seating, with indoor seating available as well. Check out their website and call. Saturday Noon-9pm. Check Sunday hours.

Whalers Brewing Co., 1174 Kingstown Rd., S. Kingstown, they open at 11:30 am both Sat. and Sun. for indoor seating and are dog-friendly.

Langworthy Farm Winery, 308 Shore Rd., Westery, (401) 322-7791, and they are open 12-5 pm this weekend.

Gooseneck Vineyards, 4 Brown St., Wickford, (401) 294-4289 and they are open 12-6 pm this weekend.

And if you’re doing home improvements this weekend, don’t feel the need to visit a big box store, visit the local hardware store. Jerry’s in Narragansett comes to mind; as do Adler’s in Providence and Durfee’s in Cranston. Most times you’ll get a better service, a lot faster in the smaller stores than waiting around in a cavern-like aisle in a giant warehouse type store. And the dollars you spend there, don’t get sent to a corporate office in some faraway state.

So, go out and have fun this weekend, you’ve been cooped up long enough!