Happy National Farmers Market Week! Spotlight on West Warwick, RI

By: Sarah Lopatka, Westbay Community Action Agency WIC Project Outreach Manager

Westbay Community Action Agency’s core team for The Community partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC) Project joined with West Warwick Health Equity Zone, for the first of six Farmers Markets planned over the summer. The West Warwick Farmers Market took place at West Warwick Senior Center on July 20th, from 11am to 1pm. The day was a huge success! There were families lined up at the Farmers tables’ right when the event took off. We had a total of 113 people attend the first Farmers Market. 

The local farmers that took part in the market were, Mike from Oakdale Farm and Cody from C & M Farm. Both farms will be participating in the upcoming farmers markets planned for the rest of the summer. 

To make the day more exciting as the community was able to buy fresh local produce we were able to have a few community partners come out and participate in our Farmers market day. There was Mind and Body Studio doing Zumba and physical activities for the kids. Also we had a face painter which as you can see, the boy to the right took full advantage of the hula-hoop challenge and having his face painted like the red power ranger.  We also, had a cooking demonstration from SNAP-Ed. They made a cucumber salad for everyone to try and take home the recipe. 

It was a true success to see the effort of the project coming together. We were able to see first hand our projects improvements to The West Warwick community in full force. We look forward to the rest the Farmers’ Markets over the summer!