Strengthen Local Economies

Strengthen Local Economies

Garden and Herb Festival

One of the most peaceful and bucolic parts of my hometown of Tiverton, RI is Tiverton Four Corners. The roads at this four-way intersection all lead to something wonderful – farms, beaches, hiking trails, vineyards, and some incredible local favorite shops and restaurants including The Provender, Milk and Honey,  Four Corners Grill, and the iconic […] Read more…

Cas-Cad-Nac Alpaca Farm

During a Vermont Agritourism Conference I attended in early April (more on that soon!), one of the presenters mentioned Cas-Cad-Nac Alpaca Farm. I was looking for another place to visit and photograph on my way home and as you know I can’t resist adorable livestock. I called the farm and they were so kind to accommodate me for a […] Read more…

Downeast Cider House Tour

I have such a sweet tooth, it’s a wonder I haven’t needed dentures yet. So it’s no surprise that I love hard ciders. Before beer came on to the scene in the late 19th century with the arrival of German immigrants, hard cider could be considered our national drink. But Prohibition and the movement of our population […] Read more…

Portrait of an Oyster Farmer

The Rhode Island oyster aquaculture industry has grown the past few years, with over 6 million oysters sold for consumption in 2013 (RI CRMC Annual Aquaculture Report). Although this sector is growing and local oysters are becoming more popular with consumers, many regulatory and financial barriers present themselves to beginning and current farmers. One of the great things […] Read more…

Peckham’s Greenhouse and Holiday Market

Peckham’s Greenhouse is a local institution. Set among the pastoral beauty of Little Compton, RI, it is a garden destination revered by locals and summer visitors alike. Run by the Peckham family for several generations, the greenhouse offers landscape design services, garden supplies and of course, an amazing array of unique indoor and outdoor plants spread […] Read more…

Nagetuck Farm

One of my favorite annual traditions is finding and tagging a Christmas tree with my parents after Thanksgiving. I was so excited to learn that a beloved local tree farm in Little Compton, RI (formerly Boland’s Tree Farm) had reopened under new ownership as Nagetuck Farm. We walked through the cozy barn and gift shop, and of course […] Read more…

Fat Toad Farm

Funnily enough, the VT Cheese Council updated their map during our Vermont Cheese Trail Vacation. Since Fat Toad Farm technically doesn’t make cheese, they are no longer listed. But I am so glad we printed out the old version when we did, because it ended up being my favorite stop of the whole trip, and I wouldn’t […] Read more…

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