October 1st, 2015
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Few places are more beautiful than New England in the Fall – especially Rhode Island. There are plenty of things to do around the state this season, including some wonderful local apple orchards to spend an afternoon and enjoy some local produce. Here are a few suggestions to get your Fall apple picking started.

Pippin Apple Orchard – Cranston, RI
Located just 20 minutes from Providence, Pippin Apple Orchard has 20 acres of land devoted mostly to fruit trees which are sold at their fruit stand while in season. The orchard features Pick-Your-Own apples every day from 10AM-4PM–just check out their Facebook or give them a call at 401-943-7096 before you head over. 751 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI 

Harmony Farms – Glocester, RI
What originally began as a house built in 1796  has since been restored to the 28 acre farm it is today. According to its website, Harmony Farms has six acres of blueberries, two acres of apples, one acre of peaches and large patches of blackberries and raspberries. Apple picking season runs from September until the end of October and is available for picking daily (except Mondays) 9AM-5PM. 359 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, RI 

Young Family Farm / Facebook

Young Family Farm / Facebook

Dame Farm and Orchards – Johnston, RI
Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston is proud to serve local families since 1840. Their Orchard is over seven acres and each tree is tagged with the variety of apple and what that apple is good for. Each apple is priced the same ($1.65/pound with a $10 minimum) and a picking bag is provided. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM and weekends 9:30AM-5PM. 91 Brown Ave, Johnston, RI

Young Family Farm – Little Compton, RI
Young Family Farm is a family owned and operated farm with a five acre apple orchard that holds over 10 different varieties of apples that are available for Pick-Your-Own from September to the end of October. The farm has an annual Apple Festival–this year on October 10th and 11th–with music, apple picking, hayrides, and other fun fall activities. Regular farm hours from September to November are Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm. 260 W Main Rd, Little Compton, RI 

Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI
Sweet Berry Farm is a “post-and-beam” farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland near the beaches and downtown Newport. They offer a variety of local products and offer a variety of Pick-Your-Own options starting in early June. Currently, visitors are able to pick their own apples until early October. The farm is open every day from 8AM-7PM from April to December. 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, RI 

Rocky Brook Orchard – Middletown, RI
The family run Rocky Brook Orchard is known as Aquidneck Island’s original Pick-Your-Own apple orchard. Rocky Brook has quite the selection with over 60 varieties of apples including rare kinds. A list of the apples can be found on their website. The orchard is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4:30PM and are open weekdays for groups by special appointments. Before you visit, they recommend checking out their Facebook page to see what apples are ripe.  997 Wapping Rd, Middletown, RI

Narrow Lane Orchard – North Kingstown, RI
Down quiet Narrow Lane in North Kingstown is the Narrow Lane Orchard–a quaint family owned and operated orchard that offers twelve kinds of apples that visitors can pick themselves. The orchard is open daily from 10AM-5PM, but it’s recommended to call first at 401-294-3584. 213 Narrow Ln, North Kingstown, RI

Elwood Orchard – North Scituate, RI
It may not be large, but Elwood Orchard in North Scituate has a lot to offer including certified organic apples that you can pick yourself.  The orchard is also helping the bee population by tending their own bees and offering their own honey. They are proud that their apples are grown “the old fashioned way” by cross-pollination and many of their apple varieties are pest resistant allowing their produce to be certified organic! This season, Elwood Orchard is open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM, call ahead of time to make sure they’re open and doing Pick-Your-Own apples that day (401-949-0390). 58 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 

Jaswell's Farm / Facebook

Jaswell’s Farm / Facebook

Jaswell’s Farm – Smithfield, RI
Jaswell’s Farm is known as the oldest operating apple orchard in Smithfield and is run by the fourth generation of the Jaswell Family. The orchard started in 1899 and has since expanded to grow a variety of products and feature an on-site bakery and a pasteurizer for apple cider. The apple picking season runs through most of October and the farm is open daily from 8AM-5PM. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield, RI

Steere Orchard – Smithfield, RI
Located in Greenville, Steere Orchard is a fourth generation family orchard starting in 1930. Today, Steere Orchard is one of the largest orchards in Rhode Island and features about one dozen varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples. The orchard is open seven days a week, 9AM-5PM and even has free hayrides on the weekends! 150 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI

September 23rd, 2015
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Summer is officially over, and Fall is here! Rhode Island has fun activities for all ages from corn mazes to pumpkin activities to beer festivals. Help plan your Fall with some of the events below.

Friday, August 28 – Sunday, November 8. On its 75th anniversary, Escobar’s Highland Farm Corn Maze in Portsmouth is Wizard of Oz themed spanning eight acres of land. Check out their website for special events and ticket information!

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escobarshighlandfarm.com

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, November 1. Salisbury Farm in Johnston also has a corn maze–the first of its kind in New England!–with over a mile of paths over its five acres of land. Tickets and information on the popular Moonlight Mazes can be found on their site.

Saturday, September 26 (10AM-5PM). Head to Rhode Island’s only Organic Gardening Center, The Good Earth in Cranston, for their Harvest Festival! Learn to grow your own food and bring home some local and organic plantings.

Saturday, September 26 (2PM-3:30PM). Venture out to the fields of the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown to check out the beautiful wildflowers. Pre-register for this short hike on the event website.

Sunday, September 27 (8AM-9:30AM). Celebrate the start of fall with a guided bird walk at Ballard Park in Newport. Bring sturdy shoes and binoculars if you have them!

Sunday, September 27 (10AM-4PM). Each fall, Cluny School in Newport hosts its annual Cluny Country Fair. In its 54th year, this old-fashioned country fair has family-friendly activities and plenty of games and prizes for everyone. Also at the fair are hay rides, raffles, a silent auction, and live music! See all the fun on the event website.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, November 1. Each Fall, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence hosts the wondrous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Featuring over 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, this year’s theme is “The People’s Choice” and will feature public favorites throughout the past 27 years of shows. Tickets and time information can be found on the event website.

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LINDA SEID FREMBES / FREMBES.COM

Saturday, October 3 (10AM-4PM). Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA is hosting a Fall Garden Festival to help you hone your gardening skills for the fall. There will be workshops and hands-on activities and professionals to help.

Saturday, October 3 (11AM-9PM). Peace and Providence is a non-profit organization that aids individual families within Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Each year, they organize a Family Fall Festival at the Alex and Ani Center in Downtown Providence. In their fifth year, there will be bands, vendors, food, raffles, and fun! All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase food and fill 400 Thanksgiving meal baskets and start preparing for Christmas. The event is free, so head down and enjoy a fun-filled day with the fam!

Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4 (10AM-5PM). This year marks the 41st Annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown. This old-fashioned fair is family friendly and features plenty of fun and games. Check out local food vendors and musicians from around the area!

Saturday, October 10 – Monday, October 12. At the WWII Memorial State Park in Woonsocket, this three day long Autumnfest has local, regional and national acts of all genres as well as fireworks and a parade. Hours and additional information can be found on the festival website.

Saturday, October 17 (10AM-5PM). Head to Bristol for a free Fall Family Open House at the Herreshoff Marine Museum to take a tour, win prizes, and play games!

Saturday, October 17 (12PM-8PM) & Sunday, October 18 (12PM-6PM).  Beer lovers rejoice–the Annual International Oktoberfest has a new location! In its 23rd year, the International Oktoberfest will be on the Providence Waterfront at India Point Park. Enjoy seasonal brews, German cuisine, and lively music. The event is 21+ and tickets can be purchased on the event website.

Pumpkin patch in Barrington, Rhode Island

Pumpkin patch in Barrington, Rhode Island

Sunday, October 18. Head to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol for their annual The Perfect Pumpkin Party. Learn how much fun you can have with pumpkins by making pumpkin art, playing pumpkin games, and more! Be prepared to get messy. The event is free with admission and is perfect for all ages.

Sunday, October 18 (12PM-4PM). There’s fun for the whole family at the Narragansett’s Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm! This free event has hayrides, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.

Saturday, October 24. Enjoy the fall foliage of Putnam, CT at the three-and-a-half hour long Fall Foliage and Shopping Excursion starting at the Blackstone Valley Train Station in Woonsocket. Participants can enjoy shopping, dining, and the Putnam Pumpkin Festival. Tickets and additional information can be found on the event website.

Saturday, October 24. We may be the smallest state, but Rhode Island holds America’s Largest International Beer Festival in Providence’s RI Convention Center. The 22nd Great International Fall Beer Festival allows you to sample over 250 brews and pizza by Pizza Pier–you can also have conversations with brewers. The proceeds of this event benefits Rhode Island non-profits like the RI Community Food Bank. For ticket information and times, check out the event website.

Saturday, November 7. At the Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown, load your pumpkin into a catapult and try to hit a target. Time of the Pumpkin Launch TBD closer to the event date.

August 17th, 2015
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Living in the smallest state at times has its perks. Rhode Island has such a strong sense of community statewide, especially during the summer months when the weather’s nice. For example, local farmers and artisans get together weekly–and sometimes twice a week–to share their produce and talents with the communities of the Ocean State. I put together a few great farmers markets around the state, and be sure to check out the ones in your area and beyond!

Providence & The East Side

Rick Payette /  Flickr

Rick Payette / Flickr

Cranston – The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market runs from May 9th to October 31st on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The market in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot is currently in its 13th season! The market has an array of vendors as well as spaces for community groups and events. An event calendar and list of vendors can be found on their website.

The East Side – The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer run co-op that sells home grown or made produce, baked goods, meats, seafoods, and much more. The farmers market runs twice a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturday mornings 9am-1pm. Head down to Lippitt Park for some great local goods, and check online to see who will be there!

East Bay

Bristol – Right off of Metacom Ave in the South Pasture of Mount Hope Farm is a year round Farmers Market held every Saturday–rain or shine–from 9am-1pm. The market is fun for the whole family and you can walk the beautiful grounds and say “hello” to the animals after shopping! For more information, check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market website.

Barrington – Every Wednesday from May to the end of October from 2-6pm, Haines State Park holds a market with venders from all over the state. Every week is different, so check the schedule before visiting to see what’s going to be there.

 

West Bay

Coventry – If you’re looking for organic produce, look no further than the Ezekiel Potter Homestead. The market is open four days a week with great selections of local produce. Hours can be found on their website.

Warwick – From the beginning of May to the end of October, Goddard State Park hosts a farmers market every Friday from 9am-1pm. Venders from all over the state take part in the market, and are listed on the market’s website.

 

Newport County

Jamestown – At the Fort Getty Pavillion from the end of June to the end of August, a farmers market is held rain or shine every Monday from 4-7pm. The market has local produce, meats, crafts, and artwork from a variety of vendors.

Aquidneck Island – The Aquidneck Growers’ Market runs three farmers markets on the Island during both the summer and winter seasons. The summer markets are located at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown on Saturdays 9am-1pm and on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. More information on vendors and locations, visit the Acquidneck Growers’ Market website. 

 

Northern RI 

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Rick Payette / Flickr

 

Harrisville – Since 2007, the Burrillville Farmers Market Association has been promoting local farm and garden products to support the rural Burrillville life. The market is every Saturday from June through September from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.

Scituate – Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the Scituate Farmers Market is held rain or shine at the North Scituate Public Library. From May 9th through October 3rd, the market offers locally grown seasonable produce and local meats. Enjoy live music while shopping around hand crafted goods from local artists and grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks. A calendar of events can be found on their website.

 

South County

Block Island – Block Island has two farmers markets a week–one in the Manisses Parking Lot on Wednesdays 9-11:30am from June 11th-September 7th and in Negus Park every Saturday 9-11:30am from June 11th-October 12th. Both markets are held rain or shine! Markets offer locally produced items like honey, jelly, pasta, sauces as well as baked goods, arts and crafts.

Charlestown – The Charlestown Land Trust hosts a Farmers Market at the Church of the Holy Spirit from  9:30am to 1pm every Friday morning from June 26th-August 28th. Stay up to date with the market by following them on Facebook

Southeastern Massachusetts

Attleboro – On O’Connell Field in Capron Park, the Attleboro Farmers Market runs from 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June 20th-October 24th. The market not only features food, but it also hosts events and showcases local artists and musicians. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.