PROVIDENCE – It’s been a working farm since the early 1900s, when unpasteurized milk was delivered daily to customers.
And now, North Smithfield’s most successful farm is expanding its reach, with a new pickup location serving fresh dairy products and baked goods in Providence.
Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery is launching, “Wright’s Creamery,” with a new space at the Farm Fresh Providence Farmer’s Market that will focus on ice cream production. The business will be moving all production of the cold stuff south, to a newly-built space they say will allow them to serve it year-round.
Guests in Providence will be able to view the ice cream making process, and the space will also serve as a satellite location for pickup of baked goods and other dairy products.
The move marks the latest expansion for a business that has grown steadily through the years, at a family-owned farm that continues to innovate and build on a reputation for fresh, high-quality foods. Wright’s was named Rhode Island’s Outstanding Dairy Farm by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee in 2019, a recognition of the business’s growth and success at a time when dairy farming as an industry has been in decline.
The property on Woonsocket Hill Road has been a farm since the early 1900s, and selling milk under the Wright’s Dairy name since 1914. Long known as a home delivery milk route, the farm added a retail store in the 1970s, and the bakery, which started in Claire Wright’s kitchen, was added shortly thereafter.
A double milking parlor was built on the farm in 2009, allowing for production not only of more fresh milk, but also Wright’s now infamous creams, cheeses and ice cream. The milk is also used to create puddings and custards, and heavy cream produced on site is transformed into real whipped cream cakes, pies and pastries. The bakery also produces a full line of muffins, cookies, brownies, chocolates and custom-decorated special occasion cakes.
Today, the fifth-generation family farm employs dozens of full and part-time employees, including eight immediate family members involved in the day-to-day operations.
Expansion of the ice cream business has been the focus in recent years, with addition of, “The Wright Scoop,” and summer cone sales were moved into renovated streamlined trailer on the premises. In 2021, the family brought Rhode Island’s only cow to cone experience to Warren, opening a second trailer at Blount Waterfront for the summer months.
Although retail and production spaces are still under construction at the new Providence site, this month, the business began accepting pre-orders for pick-up. The satellite shop at 10 Sims Ave., unit 103, now offers pickup hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Pre-orders for Providence pickup must be placed at least 36 hours in advance. Order all your Wright’s favorites for pickup at the new Wright’s Creamery by visiting https://www.thewrightscoopri.com/wrights-creamery.