One of my most favorite flowers (beside hydrangeas!) are peonies. Once I found out that there was a peony farm in Rhode Island, I had to make the drive last weekend to see it. The peony farm was located outside of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Little Compton is quaint small farming town on the coastline classified as “farmcoast”. It was the kind small town where you didn’t see much of traffic lights or big chain stores. There are many long winding roads with views of farm lands while you’re inhaling the coastal breeze. It’s perfect town for a slow paced day of driving to take in the beautiful scenery.
The peony farm, Electric Moon Peony farm is on a private farm property. The owners are nice enough to open up the peony farm to visitors through a ticketing system on their website. The admission is free, but the ticket system allows them to control the numbers of visitors due to limited parking. The peony farm is also a small scale farm, they want to be sure to have enough peonies for everyone to purchase (note: cash or check only). The tickets are released two nights before the open house dates on the website which is announced on their Instagram. The open house dates are during first two weeks in June.
Walking into the backyard behind the house to a colorful peony farm was quite the sight! I never had seen so many peonies at once. I had been a long time fan of peonies but I never knew there was a such variety of them in different colors! I had seen light pink and white peonies before. I saw yellow, dark pink and red peonies for the first time. It was very peaceful at the peony farm so I enjoyed the afternoon stroll to take in the beauty of the farm. I appreciate the ticketing system because the farm wasn’t overflowed with other people, it was really quiet. There were several lawn chairs available to sit and relax too!
The owners are present during the open house too if you have questions or want talk about anything related to peonies. I had the chance to talk to both of them, they both were super friendly and helpful. They sell the roots in fall time if you want to purchase peonies to grow in your personal gardens. During the open house, they will help you to cut peonies to take home. There was a table set up with t-shirts and posters to purchase too.
After seeing the peony farm, I was hungry! I passed by a market on the way to the farm so I had stopped there on the way home. Simmons Cafe and Market is like a farmers market but year-round! It was so unique but very inviting. I walked into the market where there were local produce, gifts, apparel available to purchase. The cafe was next to the market where they offered a breakfast and sandwiches menu. I got the ‘Cape Cod chicken salad’ wrap which was amazingly delicious. They had several bakery treats and desserts in jars on the counter which I ordered a lot! I got a few cookies, granola ball snack and cookie dough cups. I am obsessed with the cookie dough cups! There was an ice cream section too. The cafe and market had a strong vibe of supporting local farms. Their food and drinks are made with products from local farms as well selling local gifts in their market. The cafe and market had a large dining room but it felt like a community center! There were several couches and regular tables and chairs. It was a very cozy environment there. If I ever find myself in Little Compton again, I will definitely make the stop at Simmons Cafe and Market! The cafe and market is located at 78 Crandall Road Little Compton, Rhode Island.
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