Poor Boy Knife Sharpening
This was the first stand I saw upon arrival. "Sharpening While You Shop!" said the sign. This small business had quite a queue of interested customers. I wish I had known ahead of time—my embarrassingly small knife set could barely chop through kale stems!
Many farmers are still selling seedlings, many of them well on their way to bearing vegetables. It's not too late to have tomatoes or peppers in your backyard!
Olga's Cup and Saucer's Pastries
Many vendors offer bread and other baked goods at the Hope Street market. Olga's Cup and Saucer, a local bakery and breakfast joint, was fast running out of their tasty-looking croissants and cinnamon buns.
On this opening day of the market, local officials were present to announce the turning on of the Lippitt Park fountain. A countdown and much applause celebrated the long-dry fountain, and children splashed around in the shallow water.
For such a fish-obsessed state, it's somewhat surprising that it's taken a few years for local fisheries to enter the farmers' market scene. But vendors are doing great business, and mussels at The Local Catch were going fast.
Providence Juice Company
This juice truck serves up smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices with locally sourced ingredients. PVD Juice Co. has developed quite a following. They sell at several farmers' markets around the city.
Those treats aren't for humans. Well, I guess you could eat them. Jack's Snacks is a dog bakery that sources from many local farms to create high-end dog treats.
Who isn't a fan of samples? Several cheese purveyors set up at the Hope Street market. This table belongs to Farmstead, a great cheese shop in Providence. Their cubes and accompanying crackers kept customers coming by.
Robin Hollow Farm
While I don't have much of a green thumb for flowers (I'm still waiting to see if I can keep my vegetables alive through the summer), others would love the cascading window plants available at Robin Hollow Farm.
A bluegrass musician entertained a small crowd as they took a break in the shade. Having live music gave the market a festive atmosphere, and encouraged people to linger longer.