Decastro Farms in Portsmouth, RI
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DeCastro Farms is a family owned and operated local garden and produce center in Portsmouth, RI. They have been successfully serving their community for over 60 years. Whether you are looking to take care of your window boxes in the spring or planning a complete new garden in your landscape, DeCastro Farms can provide you with all of main ingredients.
DeCastro Farms offers a plentiful amount of both annuals and perennials as well as small trees and shrubs. Along with the wide selection of plants, DeCastro Farms offers bagged top soil, compost, mulch, potting soil and manure.
Inside the produce section of DeCastro Farms you will find a wide selection of only the freshest and finest fruits and vegetables. They provide you with all of their very own fresh native vegetables such string beans, tomatoes, cabbage, summer squash, cucumbers, and of coarse their famous corn picked daily to insure you the freshest product. DeCastro Farms is also a retail provider, providing their vegetables to Shaw's, Stop & Shop, and Clements Marketplace.
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Portsmouth, RI - With over 110 acres of land in Portsmouth, DeCastro Farms is one of the largest growers of fruits and vegetables on Aquidneck Island. It’s a long way from the 7 acres which the DeCastro family started out with in 1941, but the business has grown slowly and organically, moving from a small cart to a retail farm stand in 1975, adding on greenhouses for nursery plants in 1991, and today supplying a number of wholesale customers including restaurants, supermarkets, and other farm stands around the state. However, Tom and Patti DeCastro, the second generation of DeCastros to run the stand, promise that retail customers remain their first priority. “We only sell the best and freshest fruits and vegetables at the stand,” Tom DeCastro explains, “and if there’s any extra, we sell that wholesale.”
DeCastro’s is locally famous for their corn, which is only sold when it’s been freshly picked that morning. Tom’s two brothers, Stephen and Richard DeCastro, who oversee the farm operations, experiment each year with different varieties of seeds in order to make sure that they’re offering the best quality product to customers. Many other local farm stands carry DeCastro’s corn, and, in exchange, the DeCastros purchase peaches, apples, plums, and other fruits and vegetables that they choose not to grow themselves.
This arrangement, Tom DeCastro explains, allows the farm to focus on their most popular and successful crops—berries, corn, green beans, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers—while also offering something for everyone. Vegetables which they sell less of, such as kohlrabi or turnips, may not be economical to grow, but purchasing them from nearby Four Town Farm or Wishing Stone Farm helps fellow local farmers and allows customers to have a broad variety of choices when they go to the market.
“Market Mobile has been wonderful” Patti DeCastro says, for helping the stand expand into a full service market. In addition to fruits and vegetables, the farm stand at DeCastro Farms also carries products from a number of local farmers and producers: meats from Aquidneck Farms and Auclair’s Market, milk from Rhody Fresh and Arruda’s Dairy, cheese from Narragansett Creamery, salsa and pasta sauce from Poblano Farms, breads from Provencal Bakery, honey from Aquidneck Honey, and peanut butter from the Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company.
The DeCastros’ goal is to continue to experiment with new offerings at the farm stand, always having something new and different to bring people in. This past summer, they started growing lettuce in a field right next door to the farm stand, which allowed Tom to cut around 50 heads every morning and sell them that day. The fresh lettuce was a huge success, and they plan to continue it this year, possibly adding fall broccoli too.
“We aim to be a one-stop shop, with everything you need for a healthy dinner,” Patti explains, so customers can find imported staples like bananas and avocadoes too. It’s no surprise then that more and more customers are choosing to do their grocery shopping at DeCastro Farms rather than head for a large supermarket. The farm stand staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they grow, and greet many of their customers by name. It’s a convenient stop on East Main Road with just about everything that you need, and one that will make you feel good about shopping locally.