With more money being spent by the wealthy candidates than ever before in Rhode Island’s Governor race, this is not surprising. More and more in America, politics is becoming a game for the ultra-rich. It’s no wonder so many people don’t bother to vote.
News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:
The first August market will bring us a bonanza of fresh produce: greens, nime chow and eggs from Pak Express: tomatoes and peppers from PV Farmstand,; herbs, lettuce and flowers from Blue Skys Farm; corn and squash from gCFarms, eggplant, jams and cukes from LongEntry Farm; blueberries and broccoli from Rocky Ledge Farm. And just MAYBE Barden Family Orchard will appear this Saturday… we’ll have to wait until market day to see.
And don’t forget the vendors with locally produced or harvested foods: meat from Baffoni Poultry and PV Farmstand, freshly caught seafood from the Local Catch, breads and pastries from LeFavorite Bakery and Long Entry Farm, goat cheeses and yogurt from Beltane Farm, honey from Bernie B’s Bees, plants and eggs from Wedgewood Flowers, and from our Market Table: pepper jams from Terry’s Tasty Treasures, peanut butter, nuts and popcorn from the Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company, olive oils and balsamic vinegars from the Olive Tap, and cheese and butter from Rhody Fresh (made with milk and cream from Rhode Island cows untreated with hormones). Did we mention the many delicious beverages served up by the Presto Strange O coffee truck, along with locally-roasted coffee to take home?
Two of our farmers will be offering tastes of their goods this weekend:
PV Farmstand will be sampling farmer Frank Martinelli’s Marinara Sauce, which is being processed by FarmFresh RI’s Harvest Kitchen facility through the Open Kitchen initiative. This is a great project which will enable more farmers to preserve their harvest and to make more local goodness available year round.
Blue Skys Farm’s fresh herbs will be incorporated in recipes prepared by Little Falls Cafe’s Jess Watts. On the menu for tasting: Holy Tomato Basil soup, caprese salad, and herbalicious smoothies. Recipes for these and other dishes using Blue Skys herbs will be available.
Speaking of herbs and Blue Skys, farmer Christina Dedora is looking for fans for her drying loft. If you have any box or floor fans that you are no longer using, please consider “recycling” them to a fragrant new home.
See you at the market.
This is a great interview with Nellie Gorbea, who is running for Rhode Island Secretary of State. She looks like the most experienced candidate for the job, and talks about the work she has already done in the Secretary of State’s office, including facilitating the unionizing of the office’s employees. She does not have the ability to personally bankroll an expensive campaign, so will be depending on grassroots messaging and support.
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.
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.
I may be more Paleo than I realized, based on this definition! Thanks to Rhode Island’s one and only Oystergirl, Vanessa Query.
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 email@example.com for further information.
See you at the market.
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.