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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Artisanal in Bristol, Rhode Island

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3. What to Do


The Coggeshall Farm Museum recreates farming conditions from the 1790s.  

Learn how to improve your knife skills in an intensive, two-and-a-half-hour butchery class held at Persimmon Provisions (from $60), the sister shop to the restaurant Persimmon. On select Sundays over wine and snacks, the chef tackles topics like butchering poultry and the basics on breaking down and cooking half of a pig. Afterward, you can pick up some cheese and charcuterie in the shop.

Experience Bristol’s agrarian past at the interactive Coggeshall Farm Museum, a still-active farm that dates back to the 1790s. Crowing roosters will welcome you to Wake Up in the Barnyard ($10), a Saturday morning program that allows you to partake in the morning chores: feeding a horse, donkey, and ox; gathering freshly laid eggs; milking cows; and cooking johnnycakes on the farmhouse’s hearth.

Get lessons on starting your own home garden, shearing sheep, and other hands-on activities at the Mount Hope Farmers Market (Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the edge of Mount Hope Farm. Each week features expert-led demonstrations, after which you can purchase local honey, herbs, and vegetables. Grab a banh mi from the on-site food truck, and follow Cove Road through the farm for a lunch with ocean views.


Published on Jun 6, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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