Farmer’s Market Update — Fish, Compost, and Poetry

From Democratic candidate for Cranston City Council Steve Stycos:

FISH AT THE MARKET

Sam Grimley, a masters student in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, will be at the market Saturday to conduct research on consumer preferences for local seafood in Rhode Island. He is working with the Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Sam hopes to expand to local seafood sales at farmers’ markets. His research could potentially lead to developing a local Rhode Island seafood initiative which would benefit both consumers and Rhode Island fishermen. Please chat with him and complete his survey. We would like to have seafood at the market, but have been unable to find a vendor. Last year’s shellfish vendor quit the market due to lack of sales.

In other market news, Mike Dahlquist of Longentry Farm joined the market last week, so all our farmers are now attending the market. Welcome Mike back and try some of his tomatoes.

COMPOSTING WORKSHOP

Annemarie Bruun will offer a free composting workshop at the August 7 market at 10 AM. That same day New England Rainbarrel will sell their rain barrels and outdoor composters at the market. Annemarie will demonstrate how to use the company’s rolling composter and demonstrate other outdoor composting techniques.

You can sign up in advance for the workshop at the market’s recycling table, or just show up August 7.

ALL NIGHT CONVENIENCE STORE

The Warwick Avenue Al-Mall convenience store and pizza shop has applied for a 24 hour license. The Cranston City Council’s Safety Services and Licenses Committee will hold a hearing on the request Monday August 2 at 7 PM in City Council Chambers in City Hall. Respect4Edgewood is urging opposition to the proposal, warning that it will increase noise, traffic and litter and give other stores, like the proposed CVS at Norwood Avenue and Broad Street, a reason to apply for their own 24 hour license.

POETRY AND PEANUT BUTTER

A brown bag poetry discussion will be held August 11 at 12:30 PM at Cranston’s William Hall Library. Ira Schaeffer and friends will read from current and previous collections. Bring a lunch and enjoy this free program.

See you at the market.

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