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  • Mello Farmstand
    364 Boyds Lane
    Portsmouth, RI (map)
    (401) 624-6329

    Daily - 9am-7pm
    May-Nov.
Community Supported Agriculture
  • Summer, Fall
    Thursday pickup:
    81 Stone Church Rd
    Tiverton, RI 02878
    Call: (401) 624-6329
    E-mail: lmello21@cox.net
    CSA Manager(s): Arthur/Laura Mello
    Pickup 4-6:45pm

  • Summer, Fall
    Friday pickup:
    81 Stone Church Rd
    Tiverton, RI 02878
    Call: (401) 624-6329
    E-mail: lmello21@cox.net
    CSA Manager(s): Arthur/Laura Mello
    Pickup 4-6:45pm

    For more information please contact the farm for details.

    Purchase a share of our farm's harvest in the spring and get a basket of fresh produce direct from our farm every week during the harvest season. This helps us by covering some of our start-up costs like seed, fertilizer, and labor. You will also be supporting local agriculture and helping to preserve open space in Rhode Island. In these days of concern about food safety and the use of fossil fuels in food transport, you will have the peace of mind of knowing where your food is grown and who grew it. If you have children, they will be more connected to their food and realize that a tomato doesn't come from the grocery store; it comes from a farm.

    Share options:
    Full Share (feeds 3 to 6 people)
    -Between 10 and 30 pounds of produce a week for 19 weeks

    Single Share (feeds 1 to 3 people)
    -Between 6 and 20 pounds of produce a week for 19 weeks

    A sample of what produce to expect

    In June, a single share may get in a week:

    -bag of lettuce or spring mix
    -1 pound zucchini and yellow squash
    -¾ pound sweet peas
    -1 bunch baby turnips or beets
    -1 bunch radishes
    -½ pound green onions
    -1 bunch broccoli
    -1 head cabbage or kale

    In September, a single share may get in a week:

    -½ dozen sweet corn
    -1½ pounds tomatoes
    -1 or 2 cucumbers
    -2-3 red or green peppers
    -1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
    -1-2 eggplant
    -1 native muskmelon or cantelope
    -in-season fruit (e.g., pears, peaches)

    Pick-Up

    You will be expected to pick up your produce at 81 Stone Church Road in Tiverton), on Thursdays or Fridays between 4 and 6:45 p.m. You must choose one pick-up day for the whole season.

Mello's Farm Stand

Mello's Farm Stand in Portsmouth, RI integrated pest mgmt


Founded in 1998, Mello's Farm Stand is a 36 acre farm run by Arthur Mello.

Some of what we grow is available year-round.
364 Boyds Lane
Portsmouth, RI

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3 miles from Portsmouth, RI 02871
(401) 624-6329 preferred
(401) 418-4280

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81 Stone Church Road
Tiverton, RI 02878

Fruit

Vegetables

Herbs

BasilChivesCilantroDillFennelLavenderLemongrassMarjoramMintOreganoParsleyRosemarySageSavorySorrelTarragonThyme

Honey + Maple

Spreads

Specialty

Bold foods are in season now according to our Harvest Calendar. Call to find out exact availability. Every farm and every season are unique. Most farms are also residences. Unless Farmstand or Pick Your Own hours are noted, please be respectful and call ahead before going to the farm.

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Farm Profile: Mello's Farm Stand by Vhari Neale
Published: February 23, 2005

Portsmouth, RI - Art Mello has been farming all of his life in Rhode Island. He grew up on his family's farm, taking over responsibility until he was 25, when he decided to go out on his own. For the past 21 years, he and his wife Laura have run a farmstand on land in Portsmouth and also sold wholesale to a variety of businesses.

Previously a dairy farm, the 20 acres that they lease are grown with an assortment of fruit trees, produce and a diverse array of herbs. This includes heirloom tomatoes and the Jet Star variety that Art used to grow as a boy. They also sell apples, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, and blueberries and raise a number of bees for aid in the pollination of their fruit trees. They use composted turkey manure and cover crops of vetch and winter rye to rebuild the nutrient levels in their soil each year. As well, they find some humor in the bovine history of their farm, noting that the vegetation grows taller in the areas where cows previously grazed and deposited nutrients for years.

Currently, Mello's Farmstand is in transition to become certified organic under RI Division of Agriculture standards. The main reason? "It's easier to grow organically," says Art. Any type of farming includes endless days of hard work. "The way we've always done it is to hoe, weed, thin, and transplant by hand." Transitioning to organic methods eliminates the spraying of harsh chemicals, and the resulting labor and costs to the farmers and environment. It is very often a “constant struggle to combat the cost of production."

Art believes in the support of agriculture because he says "farmers are passionate about growing and putting out a quality product." When you buy from your local farms and food producers you're not only supporting them and their hard work, you're helping to develop the strength of the local economy.

Local products are also the freshest ones available. When food comes from other parts of the country or the world, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to know anything about it. This includes the environmental conditions (i.e. pollution, etc.) and who has grown it. "Stuff from abroad- that scares me- we don't know what they're spraying on food from across the world," says Art. Local products ripen completely before they are picked; the vast majority of produce found in commercial markets are picked un-ripened and gassed to ripeness during the time they are shipped to their final destination.

Most of all, local agriculture supports the passion of farmers. For Art, the greatest thing about his work is the beauty of the land on which he lives and works. Gorgeous sunrises, plants sparkling with morning dew, and being able to step outside each morning and see the bountiful products nature has helped him to create as well as the splendor of nature itself makes all the hard work worth it.