Heading out to an island for a short vacation is one thing, but if you plan to spend an extended amount of time on the island, there are a few things that must be considered. A little bit of planning can make your time feel seamless.
1. Shop on the Island
Within this option, there are a few choices. From what I have found there is no great on island grocery. There are two small grocers. The most popular is Block Island Grocery which has a high mark-up, but the essentials if you need an ingredient, beach snacks, or a hot coffee. They open early and is located very close to the ferry drop off. Block Island Depot is another option with a little more produce, but once again a mark up. My suggestion is to not rely on buying large amounts of groceries on the island. Use these groceries and the weekly farmer’s markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays) to supplement your food provisions while on the island (great for baked goods and fresh fish).
2. Shop before you get to the island
This option works well for those who are bringing a car to the island. Stock up on pantry items that can handle the hour long (possibly hot) ferry ride. There is a Stop and Shop and Shaws in Point Judith where you can load up the car with all of the essentials you need.
This option is my pick because it seems to be the most cost effective, but requires a little leg work. Pea Pod delivery through Stop and Shop will deliver groceries to the ferry and ship them across.You fill your cart online and the prices of the groceries are equivalent to the store’s mainland prices. There is a $9.95 delivery fee on orders under $100, but that drops to $6.95 when you spend more than $1
All you have to do is pick them up at the ferry. There is an additional freight charge you must pay depending on how many containers of food you buy. The sum total is still less than buying your groceries on island. You fill your cart online and the prices of the groceries are equivalent to the store’s mainland prices. There is a $9.95 delivery fee on orders under $100, but that drops to $6.95 when you spend more than $100.
There is plenty of good food out on the island at the many restaurants, cafes, and ice cream stands. But being able to pack your own lunch or snacks can mean less time wasted leaving the beach, trail or having to put down the page turner for too long.