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Farmers Market Coming to Wickford This Thursday

Wickford Village is finally getting a farmers market.

It’s finally happening. After the coordination and commitment of a group of business owners, Wickford Village is getting a farmers market. 

The first village market kicks off Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the municipal lot behind Brown Street, overlooking the picturesque Wickford waterfront. So far, 10 vendors have submitted the proper paperwork and will be featured in Thursday’s market, including Wildwood Caterers, , , Schartner Farms, food trucks and more.

The three ladies who helped bring this project to fruition are Amelia Smith of , Jennifer Wheeler of and Donna Trottier of .

According to Smith, village business owners began to seriously discuss a farmers market after the closure of Wickford Marketplace last summer.
“There’s a lack of diversity of food in the village,” said Smith. “That’s when we tossed out the idea of a farmers market and food trucks.”

The past few months, the trio has worked to gather vendors, finish paperwork and post flyers to make the village’s first market a reality. On Monday, the North Kingstown Town Council approved the market – just days before the inaugural event was scheduled to kick off.

“The village has a lot to offer,” said Smith. “We have this beautiful waterfront and we should take advantage of it.”

Though event organizers are viewing Thursday’s first market as a “soft open,” they expect big things for its second week which will be the Thursday before Wickford’s biggest event of the year – the Wickford Art Festival.

The group is also hoping to add more vendors and other features to the event, including musical entertainment. (Any performers or musical acts willing to donate their time for the market are encouraged to contact event organizers.) Smith adds she would like to see a candy vendor and a granola vendor.

Hoping to draw people from all over the state (including folks returning from South County beaches), select village owners are extending store hours to 7 p.m. to coincide with the market. For Wheeler, she hopes the farmers market will reinvigorate traffic and business in the historic village.

“When people visit North Kingstown, you bring them to Wickford,” said Wheeler. “Wickford is what makes North Kingstown a special place to live.”

 

Stop by the farmers market every Thursday this summer from 3 to 7 p.m. Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Jennifer Wheeler at Jennifer@gratefulheart.com.

 

Steve Sironen June 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This is the first I have heard of it. Sounds good. I hope it does bring people from out of town to NK. " select village owners" are extending their hours until 7 pm? Most People won't stop on the way back from the beaches unless there is a bar, or decent live music, IMO. And I'm sorry, when people visit NK, the last place I bring them is wickford. Theres nothing to do. You can't even grab a cold beer after 5 pm and look at " the beautiful waterfront". Not trying to be a sour Sally, and I hope it does expand, and maybe the lights will stay on past 4 or 5 regularly. Good luck and can't wait to bring the kids down and check it out!
Terry Shea June 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I believe people will come to Wickford if they knew the shops were open later. And Tavern by the Sea is available after 5pm for great food and, yes, beer. Families with children won't necessarily be basing their activities around alcohol anyway. However, a fun market atmosphere (that will eventually have live music as well ,I'm sure) will be a natural draw in and of itself as well as for those "passing through". This is a much-needed creative boost for the Village and those who have spent the weeks of effort to make it happen should be applauded and encouraged. This initial opening tonight will work out the format and technical issues and pave the way for some fantastic Thursday nights in Wickford!
Gregg ONeill June 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Bravo Wood Fired Pizza will be joining the market next week offering our delicious Neapolitan style pizza made in our Italian wood fired oven using local ingredients. We often use vegetables grown in our town and we always use Narragansett Creamery fresh mozzarella cheese made with milk from Rhode Island dairy farmers.
susan amelia smith June 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
When people visit my family, the very first place I take them IS Wickford! Many shops will be open and as for beer ,we really like the Seaport Tavern. The 3 young ladies that worked tirelessly ,going to the town hall,town council meetings...meeting every challenge head on, should be given applause !! The first market was today and a huge success! I'm sorry that Mr. Sironen found negative things to say before he checked it out.
deb June 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Hum. I am thinking the above is a joke? Most restaurants charge 10.00 - 12.00. I recently went to the Ocean House and ordered a vodka martini and a ginger ale, handed the bartender 20.00 and got back 45 cents. If you are serious Mr. Henricks, don't go there or you will certainly have a stroke!

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