Fruit Hill Farmers Market Opens 7th Season at RIC 



The Fruit Hill Farmers Market returns to Rhode Island College for its seventh season on Thursday, Aug. 7.

The market is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. through Oct. 2. It is held on the lawn of the Old Alumni House on the Fruit Hill Avenue side of campus.

The Fruit Hill Farmers Market was established in 2009 to unite the college and its neighboring community and to support local growers, crafters, bakers and other vendors. Fruit Hill neighborhood residents Jennifer Zolkos and Jennifer Quinn founded the farmers market after approaching RIC President Nancy Carriuolo with the idea.

A coordinated effort between the Fruit Hill neighborhood and the college, the market is one of RIC’s green initiatives, a focus of Carriuolo’s presidency.

“We are pleased to be working with our friends from the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association in bringing fresh, local produce to our neighborhood,” said RIC President Carriuolo.

This season’s market will feature a variety of produce, soaps, honey, bread and baked goods, herbs and much more.

Vendors at the market will include Decadent Designs, a specialty desert bakery in Smithfield; White Oak Farm, a North Scituate farm that grows fruits and vegetables; Bread Boss, a family-operated bakery in Johnson; and Fruit Hill Apiaries, a local honey producer.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island estimates that Fruit Hill Farmers Market customers may find the following items at this year’s market, based on harvest: apples, blueberries, peaches, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, winter squash and zucchini.

RIC Sustainability Coordinator Jim Murphy said the market is an excellent opportunity for the entire campus community to support the college’s sustainability efforts and programs.

“It is imperative that we continue to build awareness of the importance of local agriculture as well as continue to build upon our relationship with our neighbors,” Murphy said.

The Fruit Hill Farmers Market accepts WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT.

For more information, visit http://www.ric.edu/green/farmersmarket.php or call Patricia Nolin, special assistant to the president, at (401) 456-9854.