This Saturday at the largest indoor farmers market in New England: It’s a balloon-dragon parade in honor of Chinese New Year, and you’re invited to join in the fun! Plus, learn about compost drop-off at the market thanks to Earth Appliance Organics; get a harvest update from Four Town Farm; and see which vendors, musicians, and groups will be with us tomorrow (think chair massage!).
Who’s buying local in our community, and what are they ordering? Here are just a couple of the many customers who recently purchased fresh food from local farms through our Market Mobile transparent wholesale distribution service — plus a sneak peek at some of the top-selling items this week.
Our Farm to Senior program just completed the first of three senior series in Providence. This program takes seniors through a weekly journey of local agriculture through cooking demos, sharing food stories, and Bingo — and concluded with a local foods celebration where together we enjoyed custom-seasoned pierogies filled with sweet potatoes from Schartner Farm, carrots from Four Town Farm, and caramelized onions from Cook’s Valley Farm.
February 15th at the Omni Hotel in Providence was the location for this year’s Rhode Island ProStart competition. Some of our Harvest Kitchen team were thrilled to get to watch one of our most recent training program graduates compete with his school, Cranston Area Career & Technical Center. We were so proud to see him in action in this professional setting — and excited for him as he works toward accomplishing his dreams!
Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region. This week, help support the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition farmer fly-in — bringing farmers’ voices into the national policy debate in Washington D.C.! Plus, join in the online conversation at Foodtank’s annual summit “Cultivating the Next Generation of Young Food Leaders” and save the date for Foodtank Summit Boston in April.
Are you an artist in the Northeast region? We may have a project for you! We are in the planning process for the upcoming summertime farmers market season, and are looking for a local artist to work with on our 2018 design. Deadline to apply coming up soon: Tuesday, February 27!
We are thankful to EcoRI News for the article today about the recent $480,000 grant awarded us by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), entitled “New R.I. Food Hub Coming to Site of Burned-Down Old Mill” by TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI N …
We are now accepting applications from local farmers and food vendors that would like to sell at one of the nine outdoor farmers markets we operate in summertime. Applications are also now open for other organizations wishing to table at those markets. Get ready for a great 2018 summertime season!
This Saturday at the largest indoor farmers market in New England: Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Farm Fresh way, with local treats for all the sweeties in your life. Learn more about exclusive small-batch “Trufffle Adelisca” from Couët Farm & Fromagerie, crystal hearts from Popette of Pendulum, visiting chocolatier from Hope & Main, balloon creations from Art on the Spot, plus musicians and civic groups!
Incoming! Apples Galore! Did you know that the apple is the official state fruit of Rhode Island? Luckily, this week we got 15 bushels of b-grade apples (meaning they may be a little less pretty than what you’d see at the market) from Steere Orchard in …
Have you heard about Urban Greens? It’s a consumer owned and governed food cooperative working to open a retail grocery store on the West Side of Providence. The co-op will be open to all and will support the health and well-being of its customers by offering nutritious, affordable food that is sustainably sourced, culturally inclusive, and supportive of the local food system. Join now or refer a friend for a chance to win prizes!
Time flies when you are having fun… or teaching youth job skills, supporting local farms, and making amazing food! A whopping 30 youth were referred to us this time around — not only from DCYF’s Juvenile Corrections Division but also from the Child Welfare Services Program. Referrals coming to us from both of these programs now allows Harvest Kitchen to work with more youth who have had significant barriers to employment.
Already in February, there have been quite a few interesting new listings added to the Land, Jobs, Stuff Google group — including a number of exciting job, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities! Keep an eye on this public forum for sharing relevant information on all things agriculture in Southern New England.
Farm to school feeds the soul! That’s just one of the reasons our RI Farm to School team is excited to meet up with other food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals, and more for three days of learning, networking, and movement building at the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference!