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Food, For the People

What blends a community center with food? Simmons Cafe and Market.


Simmons Café and Market isn’t just a food stop, it’s truly a community center. They announce to their Facebook followers when a local dog is lost and on their property; get folks to share what their one wish would be if they stumbled upon a genie in a bottle (world peace and health were frequent wishes); and rework parts of their menu to accommodate a customer going paleo. “We wanted to build a community resource,” says co-owner Jennifer Grantham. “There are so many great things in the community, just not a lot of places to meet up.” Additionally, Jennifer makes it a priority to support as many local businesses as possible by stocking food items from area food makers like pickles and hot sauce, cookies and breads. Plus, all of the gift items are handmade within 150 miles.

Another boon to Little Compton by proxy is the Friday night music series during the summer at Simmons. It features nearby musicians in tandem with a locally sourced dinner and drinks. And the perfect way to end the night? With homemade ice cream from Acushnet Creamery and coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters. 78 Crandall Road, Little Compton. 401-635-2420