Growers' Market opens for second season
A sunny, breezy morning hailed the opening on May 20 of the Coastal Growers' Market in Saunderstown. The market, hosted by Historic New England and Casey Farm at 2325 Boston Neck Rd., operates every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon, rain or shine, through October.
Locals Heather and Don Minto of Watson Farm offer a variety of organic, grass-fed meats that include beef dogs, lamb and beef bologna, and no nitrates. "The steaks were gone in the first 15 minutes," Don Minto said. Brochures at the booth explain the health benefits of grass-fed and pasture-raised foods, and grass-fed cookbooks are available to buy. The cookbook points out differences in cooking times and temperatures as compared to conventional storebought meat, Minto explained.
Wool blankets and throws from last year's sheep shearing were also on sale at the Watson Farm booth. "These came in just after Christmas," Minto said. He noted that the year before, when the blankets arrived in December, "they were all gone by Christmas." Minto added that they will have more diversity as the season goes on.
Islander Andrea Colognese with helper Mike Liberati of the artisan bakery Village Hearth is set up next to the Mintos. Muffins, coconut macaroons, and whole-grain breads are just a few of the items on display across the table. Colognese
said that they bring a variety of all their homemade products to the booth, and "everything goes."
All of the stands offer Rhode Island-grown produce and homemade products. The local merchants and farmers sell certified organic herbs, flowers vegetables, eggs, and maple syrup. Shoppers can grab a cup of juice or freshlybrewed coffee and enjoy a tasty bakery item for breakfast as they browse the market. During the season, various celebrations and demonstrations will be featured.
The Coastal Growers Market is one of Rhode Island's special events that offers products found nowhere else. A beautiful view of Narragansett Bay and horses grazing in the field complements the farmers' market.