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by Josh Wood Thursday August 20, 2009 A Scene From the Pawtuxet Farmers MarketWe're reaching the height of veggie season, and the stands are stocked with your summer favorites. Here's a note with some farmers' market news from The Friends of the Pawtuxet:

The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market has had two consecutive weeks of strong sales thanks to our customers and good weather. Farmers hope market attendance will remain high for another two or three months. To help that happen, the market has won two grants.

Last year sales dropped sharply in September, so with $300 from the Rhode Island Rural Development Council, next month the market will have three chefs provide cooking demonstrations to promote market attendance.

The market also won a $1000 grant from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund to promote vegetable consumption and outdoor awareness by families whose children attend Cranston’s Edgewood Highland Elementary School. In September, the school’s sixth graders will have a healthy eating lesson from the child nutrition group Kids First. Then they will visit Zephyr Farm in western Cranston, meet the chickens, sample some vegetables and pick green beans. Next, with the help of Cranston School Food Service Director Mike Marrocco, students will prepare the beans for the school’s lunch. To encourage them to continue to eat vegetables, they will also receive a $3 coupon for vegetables at the market and a free family canoe trip October 17.
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Friday June 10, 2011

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Three Markets Left

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Thursday October 14, 2010

Pumpkins, Paw Paws, Urban Greens and Later, Books

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Tuesday September 28, 2010

The Paws Paws are Ripening Early

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