The Upscale Grocery Chain Helping Kids Grow Gardens and Eat Salad – Public Health | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy

Whole Foods, sometimes better known as Whole Paycheck thanks to the bite of its high prices, likes to think of itself as a responsible corporation with a particular interest in healthy eating. Through one of their foundations, the Whole Kids Foundation, they are helping to address better eating in schools in several significant ways—by funding school gardens and school salad bars, and by providing nutritional education to teachers.

via The Upscale Grocery Chain Helping Kids Grow Gardens and Eat Salad – Public Health | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy.

THANKSGIVING MARKET: LAST ONE OF THE SEASON

From the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market:

Tomorrow is the final day of our outdoor season; come say goodbye and go home with some delicious food from our farmers for your holiday table.

We will be holding our raffle drawing as well; tickets will be for sale until 11:30, so there’s still time.  If you haven’t had a chance to buy tickets, but still want to support our Bonus Bucks program, you can send a check for your donation to the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market, 253 Norwood Ave, Cranston RI 02905.  The market is now operating under the auspices of the West Bay Land Trust, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, so your contribution is tax deductible.

Our winter market will commence in January.  Please sign up at the Market Welcome table, or send an e-mail to this address with Winter Market in the subject line.  We will continue to make announcements to this list as well.

Thank you all for a wonderful year; our little market is growing up, and all of you have contributed to that growth through your support for our unique community.

See you at the market.

 

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market News and Local Voting Information Links

News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market:

Despite the predicted wet weather AGAIN, the market will be open for business. Your farmers work to grow your food in all kinds of weather, and they appreciate your return of the favor. Thanks, loyal market community!

And we are halfway to our goal of $600 for our Bonus Bucks fundraiser. Raffle ticket sales will continue for the next 3 weeks; prizes are coupon books with a $5 discount from each of our 14 vendors, Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 at the Market Welcome table.

A series of 4 programs for beginning gardeners begins on Thursday November 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the William Hall Library on Broad St. in Cranston. URI Master Gardener Bill Baddeley offers this description:
Gardening for Beginners, I. This class will meet four times over the coming year, each preparing for the season ahead. The first class will cover basic gardening and preparation for a garden bed, container, or community garden plot to be planted in Spring. We’ll cover what you need to get started, give you an introduction to the Seed Library and seed saving, and provide a
bibliography and resources for answering questions as they arise.

This is a great opportunity to get ready to start your home or community garden plot in the spring, and keep it producing during the season. The program is free and open to the public.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! Of particular interest to those of us concerned about the environment and the future of farming is Question 7 http://www.voteyeson7.org/ . Cranston residents will be voting on Question 10, which concerns funding to repair the libraries http://www.cranstonlibrary.org/bond-2014. Other statewide bond measures concern the arts (5), education (4), and public transportation (6). Do your research and make your decision, then go and make your voice heard at the polls.

See you at the market.

BUYING AT OUR MARKET IS A SNAP; HORSES AND HAYRIDES, TRINITY CHURCH BAKES

From the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market:

Rain promises to hold off until the afternoon on Saturday, so spend the morning gathering great fall food and decorative elements from our farmers. Pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks make attractive and sustainable displays for Halloween, Sukkot and Thanksgiving.

Remember that our market accepts SNAP/EBT at the market welcome table, and that we offer a 40% bonus that can buy more fruits, vegetables and herbs. We also take WIC and Senior coupons.

And the hayrides are coming! Friends of Pawtuxet Village sponsors this annual event, with a horse drawn wagon trotting through the village. Reservations recommended.

Trinity Church will be selling delicious treats tomorrow as well.

And Farmer Frank of PV Farmstand has extra lean sliced bacon, on sale for $9.99 /lb for preorders. He also says the turkeys are going fast, so reserve yours today.

See you at the market.

Saucy Salsas, Odd Fellows, and Turkey Talk at Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

News from the Market:

Enjoy the all-too-temporary silence at dinner time as the robocalls, avalanches of campaign literature and candidate door-knockers come to a brief halt after the primary. Celebrate by treating yourself to some seafood. boar sausage, chicken, goat cheese, fresh apples, a pie and, of course, a dazzling array of wonderful veggies.

Terry’s Tasty Treasures will be offering samples this week. They’ll have their usual preserves, along with green tomato salsa, sweet red pepper relish and cucumber dill relish.

Looking for something new and different? Blue Skys has a variety of the unusual and weird: cippolini onions, orange and padrone peppers, blue potatoes and others. Ask Christina and Kim for serving suggestions. Most of our farmers have out-of-the-ordinary and heirloom varieties you won’t see at most grocery stores. Dare to be different!
Tomatoes, peppers and corn won’t last much longer, so get them now.

gC Farms has their own pickles for sale this week, prepared by Harvest Kitchen from their cucumbers. They also have some awesome gourds.

PV Farmstand is taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas geese; a limited amount are available and a $40 deposit is required. He also has frozen free-range chickens; please pre-order (go to his website for e-mail info). You can also pre-order your fish from The Local Catch for pick-up at the market.

See you at the market.

Munch Some Marinara or Get a Job at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

From the market:

Our first September market brings more corn, squash, beans, peppers, cukes and enough kinds of greens to make a different one every night.

PV Farmstand will have their delayed sampling of Farmer Frank’s marinara sauce. Take a taste, take some home.

The Local Catch is looking for folks to staff their booths at our market and others throughout the state. Contact them at

The Local Catch, Inc.
PO Box 1326
Charlestown, RI 02813
Ph. 401-284-1195
Fax 401-284-1239

See you at the market.

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market: Peaches, Beans, Tomatoes and Samples

News from the Market:

Barden Orchard peaches are still coming in; ripe and juicy, they are here for only a short time so enjoy them now! Early apples are also appearing.

Farmer Frank reports that he will have shell beans this week. According to Mother Earth News: “Horticultural beans (also called shell, wren’s egg, bird egg, speckled cranberry, or October beans) come in both pole and dwarf varieties and can produce big harvests in small gardens. The colorful, mottled pods can be eaten like snap beans when young, but most people prefer to use the rich, nutty, red-speckled seeds, which mature in 65 to 70 days, as fresh shell beans and for canning and freezing. Some Southerners claim horticultural beans are best after the pods begin to turn slightly dry or “shucky.”

Tomatoes are incredible in their variety at our market this year. Try out the heirloom varieties that the farmers are growing: cut up a bunch of different kinds and have your own taste test to see which are your favorites.

And of course, there are greens, squash, corn, eggplant, peppers, onions, beets… and that’s only the produce. We also have herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, nime chow, baked goods, preserves, meat, fish, nuts and peanut butter, cheese and butter.

This Saturday, local chef Zoey (with her able assistants Hazel, Emily and Jonathon) returns for the first of 3 cooking demonstrations using foods from our vendors. Stop by and taste the fresh goodies.

See you at the market.