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Enjoy Your (Local) Vegetables

You might imagine that Rhode Island farms are quiet in the colder seasons. But at wintertime farmers’ markets, there is a surprising bounty of local vegetables, including carrots, beets, turnips, squash, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, radishes, and much more.

“Our local farmers have increased their winter crops, and many are now growing foods all year in greenhouses,” says Hannah Mellion, Program Director at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a nonprofit helping to grow our local food system. “That’s because people across the state have been asking for more local food.”

To help Rhode Islanders make the most of our local harvest, Farm Fresh creates delicious seasonal recipes. Hannah shared some of Farm Fresh's favorites with us.

It's easy to eat local!

Even when there’s snow on the ground, you can buy fresh local vegetables.

  • Visit a wintertime farmers market. Go to to find one near you.
  • Participate in the Veggie Box program. Get a subscription—to produce from Rhode Island and Massachusetts farms! Farm Fresh Rhode Island delivers Veggie Boxes to worksites and community agencies across the state. Find out more at

Hopkins Farm photo by Farm Fresh Rhode Island