Summer may be winding down, but the Hope Street Farmers Market is still in full swing and offering locally made cheese from Narragansett Creamery, freshly harvested oysters from Matunuck Oyster Farm and baked goods from Olga’s Cup and Saucer. Now, though, there’s a new incentive for market goers to explore the little shops of Hope Street instead of heading straight home with their canvas bags full of goodies. Ensuring that no produce gets left behind, a handful of shop owners have invested in refrigerators for the public to use to store their goods temporarily while they shop. It’s called Veggie Valet, and nine shops are already on board.
“The farmer’s market is such a draw to our area, but often people feel they have to rush home,” says J. Marcel owner and Hope Street Merchants’ Association co-president Dixie Carroll. “With this program we can help them stick around so they can knock off a variety of their errands in our village of independent and welcoming shops.”
It’s easier now than ever to do the rounds at the farmers market and then stop by Olive del Mondo to sample some gourmet olive oil and vinegar, or visit Stock Culinary Goods for that perfect addition to your kitchen, or stroll through Evolve Apothecary and Spa for green beauty products (all of these are Veggie Valet participants).
In a city whose residents are dedicated to supporting and celebrating all things local, this is one more service that helps both businesses and customers alike. Find all nine participating businesses at HopeStreetProv.com. Hope Street Farmers Market: Saturdays 9am-1pm; Wednesdays 3-6pm.