If you are visiting Newport on any given Wednesday in the summer season head over to Memorial Blvd and the gathering that is the Aquidneck Growers’ Market. The Market actually operates year round at another nearby Middletown location. The Newport branch has dozens of summer vendors so the product doesn’t get any fresher. Organic produce is available alongside conventionally grown food.
You may find grass fed beef, free range, cage free poultry; herbs and mushrooms both wild and grown, wild yeast products; artisan breads and pastries, traditional English cakes and baked goods; abundant tree fruit and berries, cut flowers, perennials and plants; fresh squeezed lemonade, raw cold pressed juices, teas, salsas and sauces from local vegetables; Middle Eastern food, tacos, pies, ice cream; handcrafted skin care products and field grown sunflowers and more.
Do not miss the local seafood products from several outstanding enterprises. Matunuck Oyster and Vegetable Farm is part of the growing aquaculture industry in RI and the surrounding waters. From nearby Stonington and especially interesting is Bomster Scallops and Shrimp. Their scallops are environmentally harvested, vacuum packed and flash frozen right on the boat without water or chemical rinses. The result practically melts in your mouth.
They also specialize in the royal red shrimp, a deep sea shrimp, a species somewhat new to the market but already in great demand. The sustainability of the species that are sold is a guiding principle for the company. With Bomster the product is locally caught, locally marketed and locally consumed. You’ll enjoy every bite of the sweet delicate flavor of this soft fleshed shrimp. Satisfaction guaranteed.