Pick your own farms are a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors while collecting and harvesting your own delicious and healthy foods. It’s a great activity to do alone or with a crowd! During these unprecedented times, nutrition and boosting our immune systems is vital to lead a healthy and happy life. Here in Rhode Island, we have many cities which boast wonderful and hardworking farmers. Why not enjoy those delicious fruits and foods that much more while supporting local and independent farmers in your state?!
Some of our favorite places to pick your own include:
Rocky Point Blueberry Farm in Warwick, RI - Blueberries
Blueberries are a flavorful ingredient when baking, whether it be in muffins, pancakes, scones. But they are also delicious when enjoyed fresh, a favorite of humans and dogs! At Rocky Point Blueberry Farm, you can wander the rows of blueberry bushes before taking a break at one of their shaded picnic tables.
Narrow Lane Orchard in North Kingstown, RI - Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Blackberries, Blueberries
Fall often brings memories of apple picking, apple cider, apple pie, the list goes on! Rhode Island has a great selection of apple orchards that offer all this, and more. Narrow Lane Orchard also has pick-your-own nectarines, peaches, blackberries and blueberries throughout the changing RI seasons.
Salisbury Farm in Johnston, RI - Raspberries, Strawberries and Tomatoes www.Salisburyfarm.com
Nothing says summer like fresh, juicy fruit, and what better way to enjoy the summer flavors of raspberry and strawberry than by picking them yourself! Salisbury Farm offers a family-friendly experience which includes PYO fruits and vegetables, farm animal feeding, and a farm tour. They also offer a seasonal corn maze, hay ride, and pumpkin picking!
Dame Farm Johnston,RI http://www.damefarmandorchards.com
We often think of “pick your own” to be for fruits and vegetables, but how about flowers? Dame Farm and Orchard offers seasonal picking of zinnia, dahlia, and other flowers. As fall approaches they open for apple and pumpkin picking. Check out their farm stand for additional fresh produce and baked goods.
PippinOrchard in Cranston - Apples
Pippin Orchard offers all things apple! From a large variety of ready-to-pick apples, to apple pies, and their famous apple cider donuts, Pippin orchard is the place to go for your apple needs. They also sell locally produced milk, eggs, honey and more!
Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is best to visit the website or call the farm(s) directly before planning any trips. There may be changes in policies regarding face coverings and masks, limitations on groups, changes in hours/days of operations and pricing.
As always, don’t forget to protect your eyes on your outdoor adventures and outings. Warmer weather is right around the corner! Be prepared with sunglasses and special treatments to protect your eyes such as polarized lenses and blue-light blocking lenses.Stop in to see us for spectacular new shades at OPTX rhode Island, 1277 Hartford Ave., Johnston, RI or our web site www.OPTXrhodeisland.com . 401-521-6789
After a long winter and year of mainly indoor activities, it is time to get outside and enjoy the fun Rhode Island has to offer! From famous locales such as the Newport Cliff Walk, events like Providence WaterFire, and drinking refreshing Del’s Lemonade, there is so much to experience this summer! Grab some friends
Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate the 4th of July, but why just celebrate one day? Oakland Beach is one of many beaches and parks that offers several fireworks displays throughout the summer that you won’t want to miss! Check out https://www.centralrichamber.com/1048/events/fireworks/ for a list of events for 2021.
Hiking A Nature Path
Rhode Island boasts some of the most beautiful nature trails around. From trails through local state parks, to lesser known venues, a short drive to the entrance will begin your journey into a world of green, with beautiful foliage, local wildlife, and, perhaps, a picturesque view at the end of your hike!
Going to the beach
When you live (or visit) the OCEAN STATE, a trip to the beach is a must! Whether surfing, swimming, or sunbathing, there is something for all ages. With numerous beaches it is easy to find what you’re looking for: small waves, a playground, accessible showers, or a snack bar...we have it all! As the sun starts to set, pack up and head to a local restaurant to enjoy what else Rhode Island’s waters have to offer!
Great Burgers and Summer Food
Who doesn’t love enjoying a great meal outdoors? Grab your sunglasses and head to your local bistro for a delicious burger, lobster roll, or clam cake. Many of our Rhode Island restaurants offer all this, and more! Order Aunt Carries and take your food down to the beach, or experience ocean views while dining at the Coast Guard House in Narragansett.
During the summer, sunny Sunday mornings are a great time to adventure to one of dozens of local flea markets. Regardless of your interests, you can browse, barter, or buy from one of the many vendors. Rhode Island hosts several indoor and outdoor flea markets throughout the year. With ever-changing inventory, you’re likely to leave any of these venues satisfied!
School may be out, but Rhode Island’s history has been beautifully restored and can be relived any time. The Breakers Mansion in Newport replicates life from the 1800s, and after the walkthrough experience, you can tour the grounds which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Want more? You can enjoy the 3.5 mile Cliff walk that offers views of other mansions, and culminates at First Beach.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG! LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!
Looking for the top activities to enjoy in Rhode Island now that the flowers are blooming and the weather is warmer and sunnier? Well look no further! We’ve got the scoop:
1. Hotel Week kicks off in Rhode Island from April 17-30. Ever wanted to stay in the top, luxury destinations in Rhode Island for some R&R and pampering? Now is your chance. You can stay in many of Rhode Island’s most beautiful hotels and resorts for a fraction of the normal room rate during Hotel Week. Try the Hotel Viking in Newport or maybe The Shelter Harbor Inn in Westerly. Endless options to enjoy some down time and recharge with room service, candlelight dinner and of course breakfast in bed! Complete list of participating hotels here: https://www.visitrhodeisland.com
2. Wicked Tulip farm is an absolute MUST SEE for the ultimate spring time activity. Revel in the magnificent site of thousands and thousands of brightly tinted blooms. This adorable family run business has Dutch roots, the family of tulip growers relocated to Rhode Island and brought so much beauty with them. It is located in Exeter. Check their website for Covid safety restrictions for your visit and to purchase tickets: www.wickedtulips.com
3. Love the sound of waterfalls? Well, surprisingly there are some truly beautiful falls here in Rhode Island! Take a “Rhode” trip (pun intended, ha) to see some of the best ones for photo ops and a day outside in the warm sun! Our suggestions: Harrisville Falls in Burrillville, Ponagansett Falls in Scituate, The Falls at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, and Shannock Horseshoe Falls in Richmond. Splish Splash!
4. How about the ultimate convertible experience? Check out Scooter World in Newport, https://scooterworldri.com/ , for all kinds of cool, open air buggies you can rent to cruise the streets. Motor scooters, Slingshots and three wheelers are just some of the rental options to take a spin and become a tourist for the day.
5. How about some wine in a dreamy farm setting? At the historic Andrew Brown homestead in Chepachet sits the beautiful Mulberry vineyards and venue. Check the web site for Covid-19 safety and hours: https://www.mulberryvineyards.com
It is definitely worth the trip. Occasionally you can even catch live music during the tastings.
We understand that these challenging new times have changed our sense of normal, but we still need to have fun and find a sense of balance in our own lives. The above activities are perfect for spring, but be sure to always call for hours, restrictions and current safety practices before embarking on your fun trip for the day,
Also, don’t forget to take your sunglasses. A day out in the sun requires eye protection. We can help if you’re looking for that fashionable edge to compliment your spring wardrobe! Call 401-521-6789 to speak with one of our frame stylists or visit us at 1277 Hartford Ave., Johnston, RI, you can also visit our web site www.OPTXrhodeisland.com
We all know these are difficult and unusual times while we navigate a pandemic and a strange, new normal. We also know how to take the usual precautions to stay safe during these tumultuous times. So how do we enjoy some winter fun? It may be disappointing that we can’t attend winter sporting events or spend time at a crowded ice rink with friends, but there are still plenty of safe, thoughtful activities we can participate in to get over those winter blues.