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News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

From Steve Stycos:

There are 2 more weeks of the winter market! Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Edgewood Congregational Church on Broad St.


Add some local flavor to your Lenten, Easter and Passover favorites: fish, bitter greens, potatoes, honey and, of course, eggs are all available from our vendors.

Plus bread, soup, scones, little pizzas, and more.


Blue Skys Farm is featuring “Small State Seeds”, chemical-free and locally grown seeds from Scratch Farm in Cranston. Tried and true veggie varieties for the Rhode Island climate.

Friends of the Pawtuxet River and the West Bay Land Trust will be holding an Earth Day clean up and tree planting on Saturday April 26 from 9 AM to noon at the former DEM depot on Warwick Ave.(just before the bridge, across from the Stop and Shop). 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.


Our regular market opens on May 10 (the Saturday before Mother’s Day) at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. We welcome back our summer vendors, such as Beltane Farm and LeFavorite Bakery and Rocky Ledge (formerly Moosup River) Farm. Stay tuned for more.


See you at the market.


News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:

Finally, we should have a clear, non-arctic evening for our market.  Come back and taste the goodness from our faithful vendors:  The Local Catch, Blue Skys Farm, PV Farmstand, Foremost Baking Company, Little Falls Cafe,  and (we hope) Presto Strange O coffee truck.  Our market table will feature products from Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company, Rhody Fresh butter and cheese, Fruit Hill Apiaries Honey and Barden Orchard apples.

New this week: Winter Chevre from Beltane Farm. Market regulars will fondly recall the delightful goat cheeses from Paul Trubey’s Lebanon CT farm, sold at our regular season market.  This chevre is described as follows:

“While our goats are on winter break from milking, our cow Betsey Bigelow provides the milk for this creamy, soft cheese with a velvety texture.”

We met Betsey, her new calf Penelope, and lots of goats at the farm when we went to pick up the cheeses.  She is a sweet girl, and her cheese is delicious.  Samples will be available tomorrow.

And we will have a familiar face behind the table at the Blue Skys Farm booth:  Chang Xiong of Pak Express will be subbing for Christina for the early part of the market.  Say hello to Chang and get a spring preview.

See you at the market.

Marley Bridges Theatre Company Produces Menace of the Morgue

If you’re looking for some fun this October and a one-of-a-kind theatre experience, I highly recommend going to see this play at Theatre 82.  And yes, I am bias, and yes, my daughter is in it.  Buy tickets here:

Learn more about the theatre company putting on the performance here: Marley Bridges Theatre Company.

Stop the Presses! Chickens in Cranston!

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#thatssocranston “@CranstonPatch: Welp, ordinance passes 5-4. You can legally raise backyard chickens in Cranston.”

They better watch out, hawks are back too.

New Winter Farmer’s Market Starting in Cranston

From newly re-elected City Councilmember Steve Stycos:


Beginning Thursday November 29, Cranston will have its own winter farmer’s market at Edgewood Congregational Church. 1788 Broad Street. The market will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30, every OTHER week, in the church which is across the street from William Hall Library.

Vendors from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will offer local seasonal produce, honey, seafood, pastured meats, and freshly prepared farm kitchen delights, as well as the fabulous offerings of the Presto Strange-O Coffee Truck! We hope the winter market will supply another local food source and additional income for our farmers.

Please support this new community effort, and spread the word! This market will start as CASH ONLY, since it’s a pilot venture. The only exception is for EBT/SNAP benefits. We will accept EBT payments at the winter market.


Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m, Edgewood author Adam Braver will read from his latest book, Misfit, at the William Hall Library. The public is welcome.


The Hall Library winter jazz series continues Sunday November 25, Sunday December 2 and Sunday December 9 with free concerts beginning at 2 PM at the Hall Library on Broad Street, Cranston.

See you at the winter market.

Steve Stycos: Update from the Pawtuxet Farmer’s Market

From Steve Stycos:


Saturday, the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market’s will feature the annual Pumpkin and Paw Paw Festival. Paw paws, a tropical tasting fruit native to the Mid-West will be available for sale from Rhode Island’s exclusive paw paw grower, Warwick’s Rocky Point Blueberry Farm. The fruit is rarely available, so try one.
A bake sale to benefit the local Cub Scouts and hay rides through Pawtuxet Village sponsored by Friends of Pawtuxet Village will also happen during the festival. Tickets for the hay rides may be purchased at Twice Told Tales. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Saturday is also the Halloween costume swap at the market. Those who have already turned in costumes may select new items until 11 AM. The swap is open to everyone else after 11 AM.

Finally, Saturday is the last chance to buy chances on the market coupon book containing a five dollar coupon from each market vendor. Proceeds will provide an incentive for SNAP recipients to shop at the market.


October 20, the market will feature a composting demonstration, free electronics recycling and a plant pot collection. The plant pots will be reused by our farmers. If you missed last week’s pot collection, remember to bring them next week.


In an effort to combat global warming, Great Britain plans to phase out the use of peat, according to the New York Times. Use of peat in public parks will be banned in 2015, in backyard gardening in 2020 and in commercial operations in 2030. Supporters of the ban say that peat bogs store more carbon dioxide than rain forests. Although some tout peat as a renewable resource, it takes 100 years for a healthy bog to restore just one half inch of peat.  Most peat in the UK comes from Ireland. American peat primarily comes from Canada.

And yes, someone told me Pamela Anderson starred on the TV show “Bay Watch,” not Christy Brinkley. Oh well,

See you at the market.

Thomas Lewis Writes about the Prayer Banner Controversy and its Political Implications

Thomas Lewis, a professor of Religious Studies at Brown, provides an excellent summary of the prayer banner controversy. He points out that Frank Lombardi, whose terrible judgement (IMHO) in the prayer banner controversy helped to fuel the fight with the ACLU, will be squaring off against Gene Dyszlewski, an ordained minister who defended Jessica Ahlquist, for the Rhode Island Senate District 26 seat. More on that to come.

Rhode Island: A Resident Hears Dissent in Roger Williams’ State | Religion & Politics.

Originally posted on Therapy with Kiersten Marek, LICSW:

Katrina reads to Beanie, our 17 year old cat.

The illustrator, Katrina Marek, reviewing her work.

We got in a big delivery of books today, so those who have requested it will be getting your copies.  Local friends:  if you would like me to bring a copy to you, let me know!  We are also beginning plans for a publication party in late July or early August, so stay tuned!

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Electronic Waste, Garden Plots, and Upcoming Book Sale: Update from Steve Stycos

From Ward One Councilmember Steve Stycos:


The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Saturday for our regular season opening and Enviro Day, featuring an electronic waste pick up, composting workshop and booths from numerous environmental groups including Save The Bay, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, the URI watershed model and the URI Master Gardeners. Rain barrels will also be for sale.

The electronic waste pick up is in conjunction with Goodwill Industries. Old computers, TVs, air conditioners, stereos, phones and more will be accepted. A complete list of accepted items is attached to this email.

Donna Dunn of Rhode Island Spa Products will also be at the market this week. She comes once a month with her bath products and lotions. In addition, farmers Mike Dahlquist and Allison Hamel, who organized Enviro Day will have a tent, although it will be several weeks before they have their usual assortment of vegetables.


The annual book sale to benefit the Fratantuono boys college education fund will be held at the June 23 market. Book and CD donations are needed and can be dropped on the porches at 25 Berwick Lane, 10 & 18 Williams Avenue or 37 Ferncrest Avenue, Cranston.


An energetic crew of neighborhood volunteers with financial assistance from the City of Cranston has converted a school parking lot into the Edgewood Community Garden at Cherry Woods. The 5000 square foot garden, located behind Edgewood Highland Elementary School on Pawtuxet Avenue, has 4 X 16 foot plots available for residents of Cranston. Plots are $20/year.

No commercial fertilizers or pesticides are allowed and participants must sign an agreement to abide by a short list of rules.

To sign up for a plot, fill out the attached agreement and send $20 to Lisa Gibb, 45 Rhodes Avenue, Cranston 02905.


Edgewood Yacht Club will host a neighborhood party Sunday June 17 3-5pm under the tent at 3 Shaw Avenue. Edgewood area neighbors are invited to attend for a grill and social time. Boaters are available for tours and information.


Mayor Scott Avedisian and the Friends of Pawtuxet Village will dedicate two chess tables in Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway, Warwick Monday June 18 at 6 PM (Rain Date: June 21). Anyone at least ten years old is welcome to participate in a game of chess until sundown. Bring your own chess pieces and board.

The Pawtuxet Village Chess Club will meet in the park every Thursday during the summer at 6 PM. $10 annual dues will pay for chess pieces, extra boards and upkeep of the chess tables. For more information, visit .


June 20, 6:30 PM: The Hall Book Group will discuss the novel “The Night Circus”. Erin Morgenstern’s debut work follows the competition of dueling magicians–Celia and Marco–while they unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance among the dark world of the circus. Please call or email to register.

June 20, 6:30 PM: The Rhode Island Civil War Round Table welcomes David R. Decker of New Hampshire, to lead discussion on General George H. Thomas. General Thomas was a career officer who participated in most of the major battles in the West but failed to garner the acclaim that was given to other officers.

See you at the market.


Edgewood Community Garden Week 5 — Our Little Plot is Getting Big!

Well, Pa, our li’l ones are growin’ up. The spinach and lettuce and spring mix were all harvested after this picture, and the tomatoes are well on their way to producing fruit. The only casualty so far appears to be the one spinach plant that was nibbled down by some creature.

Also included in this gallery are pics of my other not-so-li’l-one on the zipline at the playground which is next to the community garden. In case you forgot how fun it was to go zipping through the air like that on a beautiful June evening, do take a moment to relive it. This one goes really fast, too, way faster than the one at Garden City playground.


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