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.

Joanna Russ

My Boat

What a week! First Pheobe Snow, and now science fiction goddess Joanna Russ has died.

She was one of the best and most original writers of the 70’s, and will be missed.

I found one of my favorites of her short stories on Google Books. When I first read it I didn’t catch her Lovecraft references, but I always loved the story for its fantasy of outsider kids achieving a transformation into their best selves. Perhaps that’s what makes children so brave, their dreams of who they’ll be when they grow up–

My Boat by Joanna Russ.

Darn! The above link connects to Google Docs, but if you can sign in, ‘My Boat’ is there– not perfect format but very readable. Good luck and enjoy.

Bake, Baby, Bake!

From Cranston Councilman-Elect Steve Stycos (Congratulations, Steve! I am proud to have worked for your campaign!), some advice for the season and news of upcoming events:


The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of good food left this Saturday, Saturday November 13 and at our big final Thanksgiving market Saturday November 20.

It’s getting cold, so it is a good time to bake and keep your kitchen warm too. Barden Orchards has several varieties of apples for pies or crisps. The Xiongs have potatoes, carrots and greens. Zephyr Farm has eggs, onions and squash for frittatas. Bob Fratantuono has green house tomatoes. Bernie Bieder has honey.

The recently concluded political campaign was loaded with talk about supporting small business, but the best way to help small businesses is to buy local. Many other Rhode Island markets close at Halloween, but we stay open for another three weeks of growing and buying local.


Saturday November 6th, 10 AM-12 PM: Read to a Dog. Children in grades 1 and up are invited to read to Abby, a certified therapy dog. Space is limited. Call Megan at the Hall Library to register for a time slot.

Sunday November 7th, 2 PM: The “Jazz in the Hall” series concludes with a newly formed band from the Edgewood area. The Philtones play everything from the American Songbook to bebop classics. The band is made up of Phil Mullen, sax; Phil Plant, guitar, Bob Asprinio, bass; and Rick Couto, on the drums. The audience will enjoy their enthusiastic and professional style.

Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 PM: Reading in the Hall. The library book discussion group will discuss This I believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins the book’s title.

See you Saturday at the market.

I especially like the library event for kids to read to Abby, the certified therapy dog! Sounds like fun!