Friday, September 30, 2016

OPULENT OCTOBER; EDGEWOOD GARDEN CLUB DAY; FUN WITH FOOD; MEET THE CANDIDATES

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


SAY CHEESE!  BE PREPARED. TAKE A TASTE.

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

COOL BEES; SQUADRONS OF SQUASH; FREE TREES TO A GOOD HOME

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.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
http://energysavingtrees.arborday.org/

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

BARDEN BRINGS CORN, BERRIES, AND PUMPKINS; OUR REAL FARMERS; FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

FRUITS OF FARMER LABOR; BLOOM BOUNTY; FREEZE!

Labor Day weekend is here already; celebrate the arrival of September with loads of produce from our hard-working agriculturists and their assistants: family, friends and farmhands, all contributing to put fresh, local food on our tables.  Whatever you're grilling, chicken, fish or zucchini, it came from the hands of a Rhode Island worker.  We take a moment to raise a glass (local beer or cucumber water?) in gratitude.

Blue Skys Farm has a bumper crop of gorgeous flowers: dahlias, gladiolas, lisianthus, sunflowers, zinnias and more.  Their extremely portable cup-holder bouquets are on sale for only $7 this week.  Take home a six-pack and share with your friends.



Preserving vegetables and fruit is a great way to keep getting the most flavorful and nutritious food all winter long.  Many of our farmers will provide discounted "imperfect" produce to customers who ask.  It takes a little time, but freezing, pickling or canning now will provide some fine eating down the line.

See you at the market.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


YOUR FARMERS MARKET WANTS YOU! DEMO DISHES UP DELECTABLE DOLLOPS; SAUCY TOMATOES

The harvest in Rhode Island is in full glorious swing, and our farmers have worked hard and long to keep those beautiful veggies coming, despite the heat, critter invasions and drought.  Yet for some reason, sales are level or declining at markets throughout the state, and ours is no exception.  Some of our vendors are finding it financially impossible to keep coming every week; we hope things perk up so they can stay with us, and we'll keep looking to find new vendors so that our customers can find the best and freshest foods right here in Pawtuxet Village.

Our second cooking demonstration of the season takes place tomorrow.  Zoey and family will be getting ingredients from our farmers and cooking them up for you.  I get inspired to try new things when I see how easy they make it, and it is always so good!

Killer tomatoes!  The crop this year is so juicy and bountiful, we should be making gallons of sauce to savor over the winter.  You can also freeze them whole (don't forget to score the skin so they don't explode) and use them later for cooking soups, stews and stir-fry.


Silk Tree Farm and Presto Coffee will be making only sporadic visits over the last 2 months of the season, mostly because of other commitments and decreased sales.  The Market Table will be carrying a limited selection of Silk Tree's soaps and candles, and you can special order for the next week.  Bagged coffee from Presto will also be available; you can pre-order from them if you would like them to grind it for you.

Patois and Havav will both be with us every week, so we won't have a shortage of savory and seasonal prepared foods to take home (or eat right away, if you can't resist!).

On Friday, August 26 at 7:30 PM:
Mashapaug Pond and Truffula Trees:
Short films and conversation to inspire action for Mashapaug Pond and the Lower Pawtuxet River Watershed
 Come watch The Lorax under the stars and beside the cool breezes of Mashapaug Pond. The film is free, family friendly and open to the public. Popcorn and cold drinks will be available. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. (Rain date August 27)
JT Owens Ball Field, 350 Niantic Avenue, Providence

See you at the market.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CLUCK IF YOU LOVE CHICKEN; BARDEN IS BACK; 
LeFAVORITE'S TREATS

Chicken is on the menu nearly every week at our house, and Baffoni's Poultry is our trusted source. From their farm in Johnston, this 4th generation family farm supplies our market with never-frozen fresh whole and butterflied chicken and parts. They also carry their own chicken sausage. Nicolette Baffoni, an elementary school librarian by day, joins us every week to answer your questions about her family's farm and the care and diet of their cage free birds.


Barden Orchard returned last week, and we were very glad to see Sandie Barden herself with their flavorful corn, tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries and apples. Tragically (and I'm not exaggerating here!), there are none of the luscious white and yellow peaches that we look forward to every year; the late frost did them in. Their other fruit is still delicious, and we should do all we can to support the Bardens in what is a very challenging season for them.

LeFavorite Bakery returns from vacation, just in time to enjoy the less humid weather we are expecting on Saturday. They will be bringing their wonderful breads, pastries, cookies, pizza strips, calzones and cake pops. Stop by and say welcome back!

PV Farmstand will no longer be coming to the market. After 6 seasons, Farmer Frank has decided to focus on selling from his farm rather than schlepping to the market. You can still place special orders for meat, such as Thanksgiving turkeys, on his website or via e-mail, or by visiting his farm.

Fruit Hill Apiaries will determine another day to bring their model hive; they were scheduled to come last week but it was just too hot for the bees. They are aiming for a date in September when it will, we hope, be cooler.

See you at the market.