FRAT BOY and NUTS at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

From Steve Stycos:

 

Bob Fratanuono, that is! Rocky Ledge Farm (formerly Moosup River Farm) returns to the market this Saturday. After graduating from URI last year, Bob has more time to devote to the farm and so we will be seeing him for more of the season. This week he’ll be bringing greens and snap peas. Welcome back, Bob!

The Market Table will be offering samples of various nuts from the Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company. Stop by and take a taste.

Bernie will not be here this Saturday, but the market table will have his honey and honey sticks so you can stay locally sweet.

All our other usual vendors will be in attendance: Pak Express, Presto Strange O Coffee Truck, PV Farmstand, LeFavorite Bakery, Blue Skys Farm, The Local Catch, the Market Table (with products from Rhody Fresh, Terry’s Tasty Treasures and Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company), gC Farms, Beltane Farms, Baffoni Poultry Farm, Wedgewood Flowers and now Rocky Ledge Farm.

See you at the market.

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Memorial Day Weekend at Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

From Steve Stycos:

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, with its picnics, parades and the official opening of many summer recreational areas. Right here in Pawtuxet Village, we have the kick-off of the Gaspee Days celebrations with the Arts and Crafts Festival. But it is also a time to remember the all-too-many wars our nation has waged over the years, and especially the men and women who have died in those conflagrations. Many of them were farmers and small food producers who went to war to defend their way of life. We can honor their sacrifice by doing what we can to support those who carry on that heritage.

We’ve had a wonderful start to our outdoor season, with Baffoni Chicken joining our line-up as well as Terry’s Tasty Treasures. We now have a full complement of vendors to make our market a place where you can fill almost all your food needs:

Presto Strange O Coffee Truck: hot and cold beverages of the finest sort, bagged fair-trade coffee
Pak Express: Veggies. veggie starts, nime chow, eggs
PV Farmstand: Meats, especially boar, but also beef, lamb and poultry
LeFavorite Bakery: Breads, cookies, pies, pizza strips and other baked goods
Bernie B’s Honey
Blue Skys Farm: Greens, veggie and herb starts
The Local Catch: Fresh fish and shellfish, smoked fish
gC Farms: Veggie and flower starts, eggs
Beltane Farm: Goat cheeses and yogurt, goat milk
Baffoni Poultry: Fresh chicken
Wedgewood Flowers: Plants, veggie starts, eggs

Also, the Market Table has many local products to fill the gaps: Peanut butters, nuts and popcorn kernels from the Virginia and Spanish Peanuts Company, jams from Terry’s Tasty Treasures, and cheese and butter from Rhody Fresh. All the Rhody Fresh products are from RI dairy farms, whose cows are not treated with hormones. Special price on butter this week!

The Edgewood Community Garden at Cherry Woods (next to Edgewood Highlands School) still has plots available for this season. The fee is $20; gardeners are also expected to participate in communal work days twice a year. Contact Lisa Gibb at lisagibb2@verizon.net for further information.

See you at the market.

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rejects Equality of School Funding: Sorry, Kids!

Kiersten Marek:

Wow, this story did not make the local newspapers, or if it did, I missed it. This is where we need legal advocacy to “amend and strengthen the state constitution’s education clause.” What kind of a legal advocacy organization would handle something like this?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Almost sixty years to the day of the U.S. Supreme court’s historic Brown decision, the Rhode Island Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit against the stste’s inequitable funding system. The court said it was “deeply concerned” and acknowledged that the funding disparities hurt poor urban children most, but passed the buck. “Not our problem,” the court said.

Here is a summary from the Education Law Center.

RI SUPREME COURT IS “DEEPLY CONCERNED” BUT DENIES RELIEF TO SCHOOL CHILDREN

May 15, 2014

On May 3, 2014, the Rhode Island Supreme Court dismissed the fair school funding case, Woonsocket v. State. The Court concluded that conditions in the plaintiffs’ schools “make a strong case” against the current funding system. Nonetheless, the justices denied plaintiffs the chance to present their evidence in a trial on the merits of the case.

The Court wrote, “We emphasize that we are deeply concerned by the conditions of…

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Update after Knee Surgery

Kiersten Marek:

Update from Diane Ravitch…more precautions should have been taken to prevent clots from traveling. However, progress is being made toward recovery and let’s hope for a full one.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

I haven’t been able to write before now. The pain after surgery was so bad that I was kept on various drugs to keep me sedated. I spent two days in the recovery room, then moved to a regular room. But my health remained fragile, On Sunday, the surgeon sent me for a CT scan, where I learned I had a blood clot in one of my lungs. My greatest fear about surgery was triggering a clot, which could go to my brain or lung or heart . There were many conversations among the various specialists about whether I should get a filter inserted in my blood vessels to prevents clots from traveling. The consensus was no, so didn’t. The consensus was wrong.

Well, I am still here but it is not easy, I can’t get out of bed without help. I can’t walk. The pain in my knee remains…

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I Am in Surgery Today

Kiersten Marek:

Thoughts and prayers (and extra kindness toward others in her honor) today as Diane Ravitch gets her knee replacement.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

I am getting a total knee replacement today.

But don’t think for a minute you won’t hear from me!

I have written several posts in advance to cover for my absence today and tomorrow.

I will have my iPad in the hospital and in the rehab that follows.

Several people asked if they could send flowers.

In a word, no. If you want to make me happy, send a gift to the Network for Public Education or to your local organization of parents and educators working together to save public schools.

Or, perform an unsolicited act of kindness, to a child, to someone in need. And when you do, send me your love and thoughts.

And, if you are so inclined, I am always grateful for prayers.

Diane

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