Thursday, October 20, 2016


It's hard to believe in such warm weather, but our outdoor season is drawing to a close as winter approaches.  Most of our vendors will be moving to the Wintertime Market in Pawtucket, and we'll be sending you a list of where you can find them there.

Meanwhile, send them off with warm fuzzy feelings and full pockets for the final 2 weeks of the market.  We'll have our usual  fresh caught fish (and free coffee) from the Local Catch, Jamaican patties from Patois Catering, pasture raised meats  from Weatherlow Farms, baked goods from LeFavorite Bakery, apples and cider from Barden Orchard, Armenian foods from Havav Market, fresh chicken from Baffoni's Poultry, jams, honey, nuts & nut butters, soaps and candles at the Market Table, and eggs, veggies, herbs, plants, gourds  and flowers from our farmers: gC, Blue Skys, Pak Express and Wedgewood.

We will also host the Rhodes Elementary School PTA; they'll be selling cookies and other goodies to raise funds for their programs and activities.

The DEM tree program will be distributing the free trees which homeowners signed up to receive in the upper parking lot.

We noticed that a famous hummus company is selling squeeze bottles of flavored hummus as a sandwich/wrap condiment.  With some fresh hummus from Havav Market, and eggs, lettuce, bread and onions from our other vendors, we made a delicious egg salad sandwich with no mayo!  This would probably be just as great with smoked fish, bacon or sliced chicken breast.

We will once again have our volunteer recyclers collecting styrofoam on October 29.  Clean foam cups, take out containers and solid packing foam pieces (no peanuts, please) will be accepted, and taken to the Eco Depot at the landfill.

See you at the market.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


The annual Pumpkin and Pawpaw Festival is coming up Saturday, but as reported here last week, there will be no pawpaws available this year.  The extreme weather did them in, but we hope they will rebound next season.  For those of you who would like to experiment with growing their own pawpaws (and have the patience to wait 6 years or so for the first fruits), we will have seeds and expert advice from Mark Garrison, the originator of Rhode Island's only pawpaw grove.

Our farmers will be offering plenty of pumpkins, of all shapes and colors, for cooking or decorating.  It is so great to see the varieties that have been grown by our local heroes; diversity is key to ensuring food security and healthy soil.  They will also have a wide range of autumn veggies for roasting, soups and other cool weather dishes.

The RI DEM is offering free trees to property owners to promote energy savings.  Please visit their web site:   to register; you'll be able to pick your tree up at the market on October 22nd.

Two active community groups are having events open to the public; get involved!

The Patuxet Village Association hosts their annual Open House this evening Thursday October 13 at the Pawtuxet Rangers Armory, 59 Remington St, Warwick, from 6 to 8 PM.  Parking at Pawtuxet Park.

The Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association holds their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 PM at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St, Cranston.

A reminder that our last market of the season will be October 29.  Stay tuned to find out where your favorite vendors will be spending the winter so you can continue to support them until we open again in May.

See you at the market.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Pumpkins in the field at gC Farm


The annual Autumn Hayride takes place this Saturday.  Sponsored by the Friends of Pawtuxet Village, the horse-drawn wagon will leave from the parking lot behind the market every half-hour from 10 AM to NoonChildren 4-12 years: $3; Ages 13 & over: $5; Children 2 & under FREE
Family Rate: $15 for a family of four or five (parents & children only) Reservations advised!  Come early to the Farmer's Market
to reserve your seat, or purchase advance tickets at Twice Told Tales 2145 Broad St. Cranston.

It's the 2nd annual American Craft Week Artisans Fair in the upper parking lot.  Featuring glass, pottery, jewelry, knitted wear, wooden ware, metal work, paintings and more, all the artists and artisans are locals who display and sell their work in Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village.

The second of the two forums sponsored by The Cranston Herald and The Cranston Public LIbrary takes place tonight,
Thursday, October 6, 6-8, for Citywide and Mayoral candidates. It will be held in the conference room at the Central Library, located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston.

And you will finally be able to find the beef at the stand of Weatherlow Farm.  The Westport, MA livestock farmers will make their first appearance on Saturday.  They will be attending the market for our final 4 weeks.

Sadly, there will be no pawpaws this year for Pawtuxet Village.  Rhonda and Joe of Rocky Point Blueberry Farm report that the pawpaw crop was ruined this year by the late spring freeze and/or the heavy wind storms we had while the flowers were blooming.On the bright side, we be giving away free seeds and instructions for nurturing your own pawpaw tree!  Mark Garrison, the original planter of the grove at Rocky Point, will be here on October 15 with seeds donated by Rhonda and Joe, and expert advice on how to successfully grow your own.

We will also have flyers at the market welcome table about the free trees that will be distributed at the market on October 22 by DEM.  Homeowners are eligible to apply for the program which aims to reduce energy use by planting trees in optimal locations.

Thanks to all of you who showed up to shop in the rain last week.  And to the scarecrow crafters who created this lovely creature for the Edgewood Garden Club and the market's entry for the village scarecrow contest.

See you at the market.

Friday, September 30, 2016


Our first October market will feature all the harvest goodness of autumn.  Winter squash, hardy greens, apples and the last of the summer veggies, along with the continued presence of lettuce and other crops courtesy of the extended harvest afforded by the high-tunnels that shelter them from the cold.  Eat up, people, and start saving root vegetables and squash for winter, too.

It's time for the annual plant and bake sale that supports the Edgewood Garden Club.  The EGC maintains beautiful plantings throughout the neighborhood,  and offers programs to advise gardeners of all types.  They also collect used plastic plant pots that will be reused by our farmers or gardeners, so this is your chance to responsibly dispose of that pile of pots you've been climbing over in your shed or garage.  The EGC will offer a kids activity this year, making a scarecrow entry for the village scarecrow contest.  Silk Tree Farm is donating straw for this project; thanks, Cathy!

More stuff for kids (and parents):  Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) will be visiting us with their "Fun at the Farmers Market" program.  They will have games for children, and nutrition information for adults.  They will also answer questions about eligibility for WIC and other food supplement and assistance programs for families.

The Taste of Pawtuxet Village fundraiser took place this past Tuesday; it was an extremely well-attended event that featured some really fine food.  The market table was stocked with fresh salad fixings from Blue Skys, gC Farm and Pak Express, and got rave reviews from the diners.  Thanks to Penelope for volunteering to help out!
Coming up on October 8, the Autumn Hayride will be leaving from the Rhodes parking lot and proceeding through the village starting at 9:30 AM.  Tickets are available in advance at Twice Told Tales, 2145 Broad St. Cranston.

Also on October 8,  we'll be hosting the 2nd annual American Craft Week Artisans Fair in the upper parking lot.  Featuring glass, pottery, jewelry, knitted wear, wooden ware, metal work, paintings and more, all the artists and artisans are locals who display and sell their work in Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village.

Meatless Saturdays no more!  Beginning on October 8, we will be joined by Weatherlow Farms of Westport, MA.  They will offer pasture-raised beef and pork.  Check out their website for more information about their farm and practices.
Silk Tree Farm will be rejoining us that day as well, we hope!

Finally, Cranston voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at 2 forums sponsored by The Cranston Herald and The Cranston Public LIbrary.  Thursday, September 29, 6-8pm for Ward Council seats and School Committee; and
Thursday, October 6, 6-8, for Citywide and Mayoral candidates. Both forums will be held in the conference room at the Central Library, located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston.

See you at the market.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


For our final food demonstration of the season, Jess Watts of Little Falls Cafe will be preparing some bites with produce from our vendors, and will be featuring cheeses from the Edgewood Cheese Shop as well.  Come taste and get some great ideas for using that fresh stuff in new ways.

Boy Scouts from Pack 4 Gaspee will be at the market this Saturday to fundraise for troop activities.  Help them out by buying some of their popcorn.

And it's time for the Annual Taste of Pawtuxet Village, which will be happening on Tuesday September 27, 5:30 PM at the Imperial Room of the Rhode Island Shriners, 1 Rhodes Place.  This fun and filling event features food from many village eateries (including the Farmer's Market), music and a cash bar.  Admission is $25. at the door or in advance from Twice Told Tales or Cork and Brew.  Proceeds fund the many events hosted by the Friends of Pawtuxet Village.
See you at the market.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Beekeeper Celeste will be back with her model beehive this Saturday (this event was postponed from last month due to the heat).  Come observe these pollinators and honey producers at work, and get lots of information and advice on honey and bee-friendly bee-havior that helps keeps our bees healthy.

Winter squash is coming in from the fields at gC Farms by the truckload.  Farmer Chris has butternut, spaghetti, acorn, sweet dumpling (delicata and carnival), honey nut, speckled pup, autumn crown, and a few NE Pie Pumpkins.  He may have some late cucumbers as well.

Free Trees for RI Homeowners
Pick up date at our market is Saturday October 22

"Welcome to Energy-Saving Trees, a unique program designed to help you better understand where to plant trees on your property for maximum energy savings. This program is made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation and Rhode Island DEM.

At Rhode Island DEM, we're committed to a greener, healthier world. Trees around homes will not only help reduce the amount of energy your home requires, but they also add to your property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve the air quality, and more effectively catch stormwater runoff. It is our intention that the free trees we provide be a gift to you and your community.

Rhode Island DEM is proud to sponsor this program and provide you with 1 free tree. In less than ten minutes, you can reserve your free tree.

Go online and map out your house using the interactive mapping tool.
Select the right tree and right location choosing from the list of approved trees.
Reserve your tree by choosing from a list of pick-up locations.
Homeowners must pre-register online to receive a free tree - open to all RI residents."

See you at the market.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


You know fall is almost upon us when pumpkins and more apples make their appearance at the Barden Orchard stand; they still have corn, berries and  tomatoes, too, so make your way down to the end of the line and check them out.

Someone asked last week where the real farmers were; I was puzzled by this question and answered that our farmers were all real (not a hologram or android among them).  It did get me thinking about why that would even be an issue; are we lacking in farmer stereotypes at our market? The answer lies in the resurgence of agriculture in Rhode Island today: there are many small farms, run by all kinds of people: young, old, male, female, of all races, nationalities and gender identity.  The old image of the farmer. a white male on a tractor, with a wife back at the farmhouse raising the kids and chickens, and making meals for the farmhands, is not typical today.  One thing that has stayed the same is that all our farmers work real hard, get real dirty and go out in all kinds of real bad weather to bring you their amazing crops.  Really.

An event is scheduled at the William Hall Library on Sept. 20 at 6 PM.  The featured speaker is Mr. Paul Roselli from the Burrillville Land Trust. Mr. Roselli will speak and present information regarding the proposed new power plant in Burrilllville.  Water usage by the new plant would impact all of the Rhode Island watersheds, including the Scituate Reservoir, the source of most of our drinking water.

See you at the market.