Friday, March 17, 2017

SPRING WILL ARRIVE!  TIME TO PLANT PEAS; KNEAD A DOUGHNUT?

Despite the forecast for the next week or so, the vernal equinox is in 5 days, and that means the official start of Spring.  Longer days and warmer temperatures will turn our thoughts to daffodils, apple blossoms and the return of our farmers and vendors to Pawtuxet Village on May 6.



Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day is pea-planting time.  Tender shoots should be popping up in 6 weeks or so if you have planted outdoors.  However, our farmers have been seeding onions, peas and other early veggies in their greenhouses, and come May, they will have those eagerly awaited greens for us to eat.  Veggie and herb starts will be available for those of us who like to grow some of our own, too, all chemical-free and local as can be.

It's official!  Bolt Coffee Company will be bringing Knead Doughnuts to the market every Saturday.  Sinfully delicious, they are a perfect accompaniment to Bolt's locally roasted and fresh brewed coffees.

Meanwhile, keep visiting our vendors at the Pawtucket Wintertime Market, and tell them you'll see them here May 6!

See you at a market.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CORRECTION: Bolt Coffee Company is definitely joining the market, but the doughnut and bread options are still unofficial. They do serve both at their cafes, so in our excitement, we asked if they could bring those as well as their coffee. Stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CH-CH-CHANGES; BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE; MEET YOUR MEAT

The new season, which starts May 6, will feature significant alterations to our line-up.  Long-time loyal vendors Presto Strange O Coffee and LeFavorite Bakery have decided to forgo the market this year.  We will miss them and their delicious treats, but you can find them via their internet postings and storefront, respectively.
Fear not, though!  Bolt Coffee, a Providence company that runs the cafes at the Dean Hotel and the RISD Museum, will join us every week with their coffees, Knead Doughnuts and Seven Stars bread.  We also plan to have Rebelle Artisan Bagels.

Over the winter, we've been working to improve the quality and quantity of vendors and products at our market.  We've revised our standards to reflect the increasingly specific needs of our community, and to support our small farmers who use sustainable and safe agricultural practices for the benefit of the land, their workers and our consumers.  Our farmers pledge to bring only their own products to market; if they offer a product from another farmer that no one else at our market can provide, they will verify the origin and growing method and prominently post this information.  The market manager will be visiting every farm to observe what's growing and how, adding another layer of assurance that our market is a reliable source of safe food.

A new vendor who tried us out last fall will be returning in the spring: Weatherlow Farms of Westport MA.  In their own words:
Our Mission is to be a steward of the land.  To heal and nurture with the highest level of animal husbandry and agricultural practice.
Our “eco-organic”, biological farming practices allow us to honor the special link between soil health, animal health and human health.

Weatherlow Farms sits atop one of the highest points in bucolic Westport, MA. Our 200 rolling acres of pasture, field, woodlands, and wetlands are home to a growing abundance of livestock and wildlife.
The farm, purchased from the Medeiros family in 2014, has a rich agricultural history, supporting a thriving dairy operation for much of the past century. Today, the overarching goal of Weatherlow Farms is to provide a superior product while supporting biodiversity and utilizing biological farming methods with a focus on soil health.


They will be offering pork, beef, lamb, chevon (goat), and cut flower bouquets.  If you didn't try any of their excellent meats at the market last fall, you can check them out at the Wintertime Market in Pawtucket.


See you at a market.

Friday, February 3, 2017


ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH; FAREWELL, MICHELLE


It's February already; only 3 months until our 2017 market season begins on May 6!  We are busy making plans and getting our vendors lined up; each week until the season begins, we will feature one returning or new vendor, so you can anticipate what edible delights will be available at Pawtuxet all summer.

This week, we take a look at The Local Catch.


"The Local Catch was founded in 2010 by Captain Richard Cook and his wife Ann. The Cooks were inspired by the philosophy that selling Rhode Island seafood locally improves our community's relationship with the food we eat.

At The Local Catch, our top priority is quality. Rich, who has been fishing for over 30 years, knows Rhode Island seafood; where to catch it, when it’s in season, and how to keep it at its freshest from ocean-to-table. We market Rhode Island seafood we catch on our own boat, the F/V Sandra Lynn, as well as seafood caught by our fisherman friends.

The Local Catch is a local Rhode Island seafood processor that markets local seafood to local consumers. The Local Catch strategy supports New England fishermen, is better for the environment, and provides a fresher, tastier seafood product to our community.

When you purchase Rhode Island seafood from The Local Catch, you...

  • help your local commercial fishermen stay in business
  • reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood you consume
  • obtain the highest quality seafood available
  • enjoy one of the biggest perks of being a New Englander: the world-famous Rhode Island seafood off our shores!"
The Local Catch has been a valued vendor at the market for 6 seasons.  They are an essential part of our lineup, and by supporting them you support our farmers as well.  Our goal is to offer the best and most complete selection of locally sourced, fresh and prepared foods, right from the producers.  As always, communication with the vendor is a huge plus when shopping at a farmers market: if you have a question or request for a product you'd like to see, please take the opportunity to speak to them, email, message on social media or call.  Your feedback is very important to them, and to the market.
The Local Catch sells at the Pawtucket Wintertime Market, so whether they are one of your favorite vendors, or you haven't yet tried their ultra-fresh seafood, pay them a visit and let them know you'll be seeing them at Pawtuxet Village in May!

The local, healthy food movement has lost a powerful ally with the exit of Michelle Obama from the White House.  Whatever your political stripe, if you are a farmer, foodie, health-conscious consumer,  concerned environmentalist or parent worried about your child's diet, you benefited during the last eight years from her efforts to promote better eating habits and growing methods.  She encouraged people of all economic, racial and regional groups to take control of their food sources and demand better choices for a healthier future.  Her support for community gardens, fresh, chemical-free farm produce, meats and fish, and minimally-processed whole foods gave a tremendous boost to all of our local efforts.  Her dedication to the cause was deeply appreciated, and we hope that she will continue to advocate and educate for a long time to come.  Thank you, Michelle!

Friday, January 6, 2017


A NEW YEAR; LOCAL LIVESTOCK AND LEAFY GREENS TO THE RESCUE!


May all our market community have a healthy and peaceful New Year.  Our strength lies in our support for each other, regardless of race, religion or gender.  Let's keep the conversation going and continue to work together for our mutual benefit and a better world for the generations who will follow.

Head to the Wintertime Market in Pawtucket and pay your first visit of 2017 to our vendors there:

Blue Skys Farm (with Pak Express eggs and produce, too)
gC Farms
Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company
Baffoni's Poultry
Weatherlow Farm
Havav Near East Market
Patois Catering
Wedgewood Flowers
The Local Catch
Silk Tree Farm
Barden Family Orchard


Winter blahs?  Post-holiday malaise?  Flu or a robust cold (such as the one Santa left in my stocking)?  Your favorite farmers market is the place to find help for all these maladies and more.  There's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup to cure what ails you.  Add carrots, potatoes, chard or spinach, hard-boiled eggs for a meal that will clear your head and fill your stomach with fuel to fight off the bug.  Vegetarians
can make a stock with root veggies and herbs, for a similar effect.

Herbal teas with local honey will heal and warm as well, and boost your immune system.

See you at a market.

Friday, December 16, 2016

HAVE A VERY VEGGIE HOLIDAY; RESPONSIBLE WRAPPING

 


The Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market wishes all of you a healthy, happy and deliciously local holiday season.  Thanks for your support for our vendors and the warm community spirit that envelops us year-round.  These updates will continue over the cold months, keeping you informed of the improvements we are making to meet your expectations for the upcoming season.  Meanwhile, keep visiting our vendors at their winter markets.

'Tis the season for overwhelming recycling challenges, too.  The packaging, metallic-coated paper, plastics of all descriptions, ribbons, glitter tissue and mountains of cardboard confront many families in the aftermath of Christmas and Hanukkah.  Our brave eco-elves have offered to make a special trip to the landfill to dispose of your holiday styrofoam: solid packing, take-out containers, meat trays, hot beverage cups, foam plates, etc.  No packing peanuts or squashy foam, please.  Foam must be rinsed of food and placed in clear or translucent plastic bags for transport.  You may bring your bagged foam to 25 Berwick Lane, Edgewood, or call Penelope 401 467-7362.
Here are Polly-Styrene and Penelope Paper-Please  delivering their last collection (the back seat and trunk were stuffed full):

See you at a market.

SUPPORT OUR FARMERS, SAVE GAS AND SANITY

 

As the whirlwind of consumerism's biggest month of the year threatens to sweep us up and deposit us in some anti-Oz of same-store malls or big box wastelands filled with imported non-necessities, please consider your local options.

One is the indoor farmers markets.  The largest is the Wintertime Market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.  Not only do most of our Pawtuxet Village vendors participate,  but there are a variety of small artisan shops in the mill complex, giving the thoughtful shopper a wide range of local products to choose from.  The cheerful ambience and delicious samples available will give you a warm holiday glow.

Blue Skys Farm sends along these suggestions:
Looking for a local product for Christmas Gifts?  We offer shipping too!
Blue Skys Herbal Teas/Tisanes
Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint, Peppermint, Nettle, Ashwaghanda Root, Blue Hyssop, Chamomile, Spilanthes

Blue Skys Infused Oils:  You can use herbal infused oils to create massage oils, salves, lip balms, facial serums, hair treatments, body creams, soaps, and more!
Lavender infused with Olive Oil and Almond Oil
Calendula infused with Olive Oil and Almond Oil
Peppermint infused with Almond Oil
Comfrey infused with Almond Oil

Visit our on line store at www.BlueSkysFarm.com

Other Saturday markets include Coastal Growers in North Kingstown, and Mt Hope in Bristol.

You can also shop at your local small businesses.  One challenge is to do all your gift buying within a five mile radius of your home or work, saving time, gas and impulse purchases.  Many local shopping clusters have holiday events that bring neighborhoods together and encourage walking rather than driving.

The Friends of Pawtuxet Village sponsor just such an event this Saturday, December 3.  The day kicks off at Noon when participating Village businesses and eateries will offer an open house, special discounts and holiday menus all day!  Horse-drawn carriage rides will leave from the Basta parking lot until 3 PM.  At 5:15, there will be lighting of luminaria, lighting of the Children's Tree, and a carol sing-along in Pawtuxet Park.

See you at a market.