As the Hope Street Farmers’ Market continues to expand (it’s now common to park a few blocks away), a new market has arrived. The Providence Alternative Market launched this past Saturday less than a mile down the road on North Main Street with a small selection of vendors including Ward’s Berry Farm (Sharon, MA), Baffoni’s Poultry Farm (Johnston, RI) and several more. Although I still find it a bit perplexing why they chose to have the market on the same exact day (and nearly the same time) as the Hope Street Market, I do recognize the need to have an alternative market in order to give an outlet for some of the other wonderful nearby farms.
On our visit to the first Providence Alternative Market, we found radishes, asparagus, rhubarb, and leafy baby kale. And in fact, the onions and potatoes looked more appealing than the ones at Hope Street this week. Although you won’t find nearly the variety as Hope Street, there are some advantages–no lines, and great quality produce and meat. And you can always go to both. We did.
Providence Alternative Market
Saturdays May 18-October 26, 2013 10 am – 2 pm
Hope Street Farmers’ Market
Saturdays May 18-October 26, 2013 9 am – 1 pm