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A Farmer’s Marriage Proposal and Other News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

Growing ProposalFrom the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market:

Farmers are nothing if not practical, and even when romance is in the air, it’s often difficult for them to get off the tractor, dress up and go out for a special dinner. So when gC Farms’ Chris Mezak decided to propose to his long-time partner Gwen Stokes, he combined business with pleasure by planting beans in a newly cleared field spelling out “WILL U MARRY ME?” When the green letters began to be legible, Chris asked Gwen to go check on the beans. She read the message and gladly accepted; Chris sealed the deal with a lovely black diamond ring, which Gwen was sporting at last week’s market. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple; long may they farm together.

At last, the tomatoes are ripening on the vines and soon we’ll be seeing in all their glorious redness at every farmer’s stall. Sliced and dressed with olive oil and basil, on a margherita pizza, or just sprinkled with a little salt and devoured whole, tomatoes are the ultimate reward of buying local. Nothing compares with the taste of heirloom varieties, bred for flavor not looks, and fresh from the fields.

Combine with foods from all our other vendors for fantastic summer feasts. They won’t last forever.

This week we”ll be hosting Urban Greens Food Co-op. Stop by their table and find out how you can help. Urban Greens Food Co-op is a consumer-owned cooperative working to open a full-scale retail grocery store in Providence, RI. The store will provide and promote healthy, affordable, sustainably-sourced, and local food options.

See you at the market.

Beans and More at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market this Week

News from the Market:

This Saturday marks the much-anticipated return of Long Entry Farm. Mike and Allison write:

“We’ll be there with Michael & Samuel, of course, along with peppers, eggplant, squash/zucchini, pickling cucumbers, greens, jams & bread. We also have a very large batch of very large zucchini – perfect for stuffing, frying, pickling, belting a neighbor, or making zucchini bread.”

A very large welcome back to them!

LeFavorite Bakery returns from vacation. We hope they are well rested and ready to fire up the ovens. Thank you to Jessica from Little Falls Cafe for filling the pastry void in the face of daunting obstacles.

Bob Fratantuono will be bringing blueberries again this week, and all our farmers will have a bounty of beans. Blue Skys Farm will be bringing Gold of Bacau Roma Pole Beans. “A description from a seed seller:
This is a rare and wonderful bean. Gold of Bacau is a Romano-type bean that grows 6-10″ long. The flat, greenish-yellow pods are very tender, cooking quickly. They have a sweet and somewhat starchy flavor.

Bean ‘Gold of Bacau’ is best used fresh or frozen, not canned. The dried beans make delicious soups or baked beans.

Gold of Bacau beans originally came from Bacau, Romania. The tall vines require a trellis. Very productive. Latin name: Phaseolus vulgaris.

Blue Skys will also have purple kohlrabi and purple ruffle basil, great accent colors with all the yellow and green produce.

Check out the meat, fish, cheese, eggs, nuts, peanut butter, jellies, honey, nime chow, coffee, oil and vinegars our market offers as well as the foods featured above.

Finally, a study being published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition reports that “a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.” (New York Times, July 12, 2014). Read the article and decide for yourself. Please note that most of our farmers grow chemical-free.

See you at the market.

Outdoor Concerts and Other Pawtuxet Village Events

From the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:

The weather prognosticators tell us that the heat and humidity will moderate by tomorrow, and that Saturday promises to be dry and sunny with temps in the low 80s. A perfect day for the market (and those rapidly ripening tomatoes we hope to be enjoying any day now!), and for picking up some great fish, veggies and meats for the grill.

It’s been great to have the options for salads and other cold foods on the steamy days we had this week: smoked bluefish from The Local Catch, fresh Chevre from Beltane Farm, hard-boiled eggs from gC Farm, sun gold tomatoes from Blue Skys, barely braised broccoli rabe from Pak Express, strawberries from Rocky Ledge Farm, frankfurters from PV Farmstand, wonderful lettuces from all our farmers. Cucumbers, summer squash and all kinds of green and yellow goodies continue to appear.

More hot goodies for hot days: Terry Yeaw will be back this week with samples of her pepper jellies. We hope that her green tomato salsa will be making an appearance soon, too.

LeFavorite Bakery is on vacation this week, so our guest bakery will be Little Falls Cafe. Mouth-watering scones and other goodies from Jessica’s kitchen will be available.

There are not one but TWO free outdoor music events tonight: in Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village:

At the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St, Cranston:

Old2Kool performs at this week’s free concert at William Hall Library. The second performance of the Music in Our Town series, Old2Kool brings a touch of retro and a set list of oldies to the library’s front lawn. “Music In Our Town” is sponsored by the City of Cranston Parks & Recreation Department. Concerts are free and open to the public. Performances will take place on various Thursdays, at 6:30 PM, through the beginning of August.

For the rest of their summer calendar:

http://eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=CRANSTON

And at Pawtuxet Park. Narrangansett Parkway, Warwick, the friends of Pawtuxet Village presents:
July Jazz Jam: Thursday • July 10 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Young musicians are welcome to join us. Bring your instrument: trumpet, trombone, guitar (electrical outlet available for up to 3 instruments), keyboard, bass guitar, drums, etc.
If you don’t play an instrument, bring a picnic and lawn chair, enjoy the music.
For more info on their events:

https://www.facebook.com/PawtuxetFriends

See you at the market.

Cooking for Emotional Wellness by Kiersten Marek Now Available

My new book is now available! Please visit the link below to learn more!

Cooking for Emotional Wellness by Kiersten Marek eBook – Lulu.

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market at Hall Library This Week

News from the Farmer’s Market:

Due to the Gaspee Days Parade, the market will be held at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St, Cranston, for this Saturday (June 14) only. Plan your route to avoid Pawtuxet Village. We will be in the parking lot behind the library at our usual hours of 9 AM to 12 noon.

The Market Table will be trying out fine imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars from the Olive Tap company in Wayland Square. Stop by and taste their offerings and let us know what you think. We have had requests from customers to expand the market’s range to include more ingredients for utilizing the fresh produce, meats and fish they purchase here, so it’s more of a one-stop-shopping-save gas-and-time experience.

Terry Yeaw will join us this week (and the 2nd Saturday of each succeeding month during the season) with her Terry’s Tasty Treasures: pepper jellies and salsas. Have a taste and chat with Terry!

The Green Used Book Sale and the E-waste collection with Goodwill Industries will take place when we return to Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet on the summer solstice June 21. Book, CD and DVD donations should be dropped off before the sale at porches at 25 Berwick Lane, 10 and 18 Williams Ave, and 37 Ferncrest Ave in Cranston. Please, no damaged books, magazines or text books.

Also on June 21: FireFirefly walk: 8:45 PM at the lower Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot. A half-hour walk to see the firefly mating ritual. Bug repellent, long sleeves and long pants recommended. Please do not bring jars, nets, dogs or noisy electronics.

See you at the market.

What Paleo Means to Me a non-dogmatic view – They Call Me Oystergirl

I may be more Paleo than I realized, based on this definition! Thanks to Rhode Island’s one and only Oystergirl, Vanessa Query.

What Paleo Means to Me a non-dogmatic view – They Call Me Oystergirl.

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.

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.

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market Reopens This Saturday, May 10

From Steve Stycos:

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market begins its 12th season this Saturday from 9 AM to 12 noon, at Rhodes-on-thePawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place (just off Broad St) in Cranston.

Just in time for Mothers Day, you will find all kinds of local goodies: veggie and herb starts, fish, spring greens, goat cheese, meat, nuts and peanut butter. We’ll also have market gift certificates available.

And NEW this year: Blue Skys Farm will be offering Small State Seeds, locally grown and packaged seeds from Scratch Farm in Cranston. They are chemical free and suited perfectly to our Rhode Island climate.

Our beginning line up of vendors includes:

Pak Express (produce, eggs, vegetable and herb starts)
PV Farmstand (meat)(Chuck roast London broil shoulder steak and eye of the round steaks all 1/2 price if pre ordered Chicken is frozen. Prices: pvfarmstand.com)
Bernie B’s Honey
LeFavorite Bakery (breads, pastries, cookies and other baked goods)
Blue Skys Farm (produce, herb and veggie starts, seeds and herbal products)
The Local Catch (fresh-caught and smoked seafood)
Beltane Farm (goat cheese, yogurt and milk)
gC Farms (produce and eggs)

Coming in the next few weeks:

Presto Strange O Coffee Truck (coffee, tea, and many other beverages, bagged fair trade coffee)

Terry’s Tasty Treasures (pepper jellies and salsas)

Wedgewood Flowers (plants and produce, eggs)

And returning later in the season, when their crops come in:

Rocky Ledge Farm aka Moosup River (blueberries, produce)

Long Entry Farm (produce, artisan breads)

Barden Orchards (peaches, apples, produce)

Returning this season also is an expanded Market Table. This booth is run by the market to bring artisan food products to our customers from local producers. We continue to offer nuts, peanut butter and popcorn from the Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company of Providence, and Rhody Fresh butter and cheese from the RI Dairy Farms Cooperative. We will also be carrying Terry’s Tasty Treasures on the days she is not at the market. Money raised from the market table goes to support this and other efforts to increase our offerings.

Our market accepts credit, debit, EBT/SNAP, WIC and Senior Coupons.

Celebrating Earth Day, Pawtuxet Market Opening Soon

From Steve Stycos:

The Friends of the Pawtuxet River and the West Bay Land Trust will be holding a trail and riverbank clean-up at the former DEM depot at 230 Warwick Ave, (on the Cranston side of the river across from Stop and Shop). The date is this Saturday 4/26 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Bring clippers, rakes, gloves or just yourself, for an hour or as long as you can spare. Help keep our riverbank and trail clear and trash-free.

We will also be planting 3 trees (2 sugar maples and a red maple) in the area now abandoned as vehicle storage by DEM. These trees will contribute to the re-naturalization of this portion of the trail and riverbank.

These are family-friendly activities open to folks of all ages and abilities. The trail is maintained by the Friends of the Pawtuxet River, an all-volunteer organization that has advocated for passive recreational use and restoration of the riparian habitat of the river for over 20 years. Maintaining and protecting this valuable natural area in our own backyard is the only way to preserve it for our own enjoyment and that of future generations.

The Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market opens our 12th season on Saturday May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Come welcome back our farmers and vendors and get some good food and plants.

See you at the market, and the clean-up.

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