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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.

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.

Hedge Fund Tied to RI Pension Investments Comes Under Scrutiny

The plot thickens… Anybody want to hedge their bets about whether the SEC will have any teeth in this situation?  By the way, Standard and Poor’s is at an all-time high today.

GoLocalProv | News | NY Lawyer Charges RI Pension Investments Tied to New SEC Complaint.

Petition the RI Legislature: Pass Senate Bills 2368 and 2369 and House Bills 7841 and 7842 to fund the RI Center for Law and Public Policy | Change.org

I have been on the Board of the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy since its inception in 2008 and have watched as this organization has grown to have an amazing impact on the lives of Rhode Islanders in need of legal services, particularly the elderly, poor families, and small businesses.  I ask you to sign this petition to ask the legislature to put these bills to a vote, so that if there is sufficient public support, RICLAPP can be sustained.  Thank you, Kiersten Marek

Petition | Pass Senate Bills 2368 and 2369 and House Bills 7841 and 7842 to fund the RI Center for Law and Public Policy. | Change.org.

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.

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.

R.I. task force exploring ways to keep guns from mentally ill holds first meeting | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal – The Providence Journal

Good news for those who want less violence in our society, but it’s important to note that many of the most disturbed people go undiagnosed.

R.I. task force exploring ways to keep guns from mentally ill holds first meeting | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal – The Providence Journal.

Nancy Green: Obamacare moves us forward | Opinion – Rhode Islanders speak out on issues | Providence Journal – The Providence Journal

That’s our Nancy!

Nancy Green: Obamacare moves us forward | Opinion – Rhode Islanders speak out on issues | Providence Journal – The Providence Journal.

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care | Rhode Island Public Radio

Looking forward to hearing more about the new way we will pay for health care in Rhode Island.  There is lots of room for improvement.  I also hope there is going to be something done about high deductible health plans which are leading to more uncompensated care at hospitals, clinics, and private practices.

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care | Rhode Island Public Radio.

Bomb Threat on Hope Street?

Around 10am I was walking down Hope St. to the Farmer’s Market when a white van with flashing lights and a siren whizzed by. At Rochambeau police had set up a detour for several blocks. Everything was calm, people walking on the sidewalk right through the blocked area.

I thought it was a problem with the water main repairs. Then, maybe, a gas leak. I asked a woman outside the Festival Ballet if it was a gas leak, she said that they’d been told to evacuate, no reason why.

A bus driver stopped at the detour honked to get the attention of a police officer who ignored him. The cops looked disdainful.

Further down the street, a woman said she saw them take a bomb-sniffing robot into Festival Ballet. She thought it was funny that people were shopping at the CVS right next door without any interruption. The white vans were parked in the parking lot next to the ballet building. I continued to the Farmer’s market, and when I walked back traffic was moving normally, police were packing some big equipment into one of the white vans.

I guess we’ll all see it on the news.

And here’s Channel 6, it was Bank of America that triggered the bomb scare for a suspicious package.

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