NEWPORT, R.I. __ Newport Vineyard has been in the wine industry for over 20 years. But this year also marks the 20th year that the winery has supported the Aquidneck Grower’s Market. Every Saturday, the farmer’s market is hosted at the vineyard where dozens of vendors come to sell their local product.
Manager of Aquidneck Grower’s Market, Judy Hestnes actively makes sure that each vendor is truly local, organic and fresh.
“The flavors just make sense, nutritionally you’re having food that’s more fresh,” said Hestnes. “Here at Aquidneck Grower’s Market we only want to be selling product that is truly local. As a customer you kind of have to do your research about who you’re buying from.”
The Aquidneck Market will soon move to an outside area at the vineyard where over 30 vendors will be involved up from the 17 that come during the winter season.
7 percent of U.S. organic food sales occur through farmers’ markets, food service, and marketing channels other than retail stores.
1.6 percent of U.S. fresh produce sales are through direct sales.
Rhode Island hosts 50 farmer’s markets throughout the year alone. With 20 years of business experience and customer satisfaction, Aquidneck Grower’s Market is sure to bring in more people, and get more markets involved.