Summer Happenings from Steve Stycos

School Committee member Steve Stycos shares the following on locally-grown food and ways to reduce carbon emissions:

THREE VARIETIES OF SWEET CORN

The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of sweet corn this week. Last week, we sold 30 dozen ears from Confreda Farms by 10:30 AM. This week both Moosup River Farm and Barden Orchards will have sweet corn, in addition to some from Confreda. The Bardens, who will join us for the first time this season, will also have summer squash, eggplant, cucumbers and perhaps raspberries and peaches.

The Xiongs will not be at the market Saturday as Kanseese Xiong (the older of the sisters at the stand) is getting married, followed by a honeymoon. Nim chow fans should not worry, however. Michelle from Zephyr Farm will sell the Xiong’s Asian vegetable rolls on Saturday, in addition to her tomatoes, onions, lettuce, swiss chard, free range eggs and “Besto Pesto.� The Xiongs will be back next week.

BLUEBERRY PICKING

Rocky Point Blueberry Farm in Warwick is open for picking every day from 8 AM to 1 PM and Thursday nights from 4 PM to dark. The farm is kid friendly and some bushes are actually in the shade. Blueberry farmers Mark and Betty Garrison also attend our market every October with their paw paws. They expect to have blueberry picking for at least another three weeks.

To get the farm, take Warwick Avenue south, past Bishop Hendricken High School, to the end. Then turn left and a quick right onto Warwick Neck Avenue. Go one mile and then turn left onto Rocky Point Avenue. The farm is immediately on the right. It also can be reached by taking the Number 3 RIPTA bus (make sure it says Warwick Neck) to the end of the line and walking half a mile.

More information available at www.rockypointblueberries.com.

Pippin Orchards in western Cranston also has pick your own blueberries.

LET THE GRASS GROW

Running a push lawn mover for an hour emits as much pollution as driving an average car for 11 hours, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Small two cycle engines on garden tools are less efficient than automobile engines and have no pollution controls.

With air quality poor in the last few weeks, we urge market customers to consider the environmental damage done by lawn care. Thanks to a grant from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and support from Friends of the Pawtuxet, we produced a “Green Lawn Care� brochure this winter. It offers tips to make your lawn greener and sources for further information. Free copies are available at the berry box recycling table. You may also receive a copy by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to Steve Stycos at 37 Ferncrest Avenue, Cranston, 02905.

COMPOSTING

Elizabeth Coombs will run a free indoor composting workshop at the market this Saturday at 10 AM. No advance registration is necessary. Just come and learn a few pointers.

See you Saturday at the market from 9 AM to 12 PM.

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4 responses

  1. i’m doing my part to fight pollution. i only mow my lawn every two years.

  2. joe bernstein

    Watch out Nancy-a lawn height tax will be Cicilline’s next moneymaking scheme.

  3. in that case i’m in serious trouble. i’ll have to hide in the tall grass.
    after years of dedicated inattention to my front yard, i have lucked into a good size stand of milkweeds. so now it’s an official monarch butterfly garden.
    what if everyone did the same? think how much quieter it would be without the leaf blowers. think of how elegant a push mower is. silent except for the whir of the blades and the groans of the teenager who is getting some much-needed exercise. instead of fumes, the smell of cut grass.
    i’d do that myself if i ever cut my grass.

  4. joe bernstein

    We use a push mower in the back yard.We have a huge butterfly bush which attracts monarchs,swallowtails,admirals,and even a hummingbird.My wife likes both cultivated and wild stuff.We have a natural stand of ferns along a low brick wall adjoining a neighbor’s yard and a lot of perennials,like hydrangea,spiderwort,day lilies,and clematis.We also have bee balm and in the fall we drop some morning glory seeds and they go crazy on the trellises on either side of our front door.

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