The Pawtuxet Farmers' Market Reopens This Saturday

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by Josh Wood Thursday May 7, 2009 Pawtuxet Farmers Market Banner
In what can only be seen as a good sign, the Pawtuxet Farmers' Market is reopening for the season on Saturday. I'm ready for an infusion of fresh foods. This is also a great place to pick up some vegetable plant starts for your new garden. Here's a note from the Friends of the Pawtuxet with a rundown of what else to expect:

Spring greens will be available Saturday as the Pawtuxet Village Farmers market opens its seventh season at the upper Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot. Chang Xiong of Pak Express will have Swiss chard, spinach and salad mix. Michelle Kosloski of Zephyr Farm will have free range eggs, radishes and arrugula and Bob Fratanuano of Moosup River Farm will offer hanging baskets and other flowers for Mother’s Day, plus asparagus. All three will also have a variety of small plant starts for sale. Other farmers will join the market as their crops are ready.

Recycling Coordinator Annemarie Bruun will also be at the market to collect the winter’s berry box crop. Please wash your containers and only bring quart, pint and half pint boxes. Annemarie will also be selling the last of the colorful Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market reuseable shopping bags.

The market will be open from 9 to 12. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is just off Broad Street on Rhodes Place on the Cranston side of Pawtuxet Village.

Take a Hike

After you visit the market, consider taking a short walk down the hill to the well defined trail along the Pawtuxet River. This month, the woods are full of flowers with large patches of wood anemone, Canada mayflower and wild oats in bloom. In addition, tall ferns are unfurling. On the right (northern) side of the trail, just as the woods thickens, is the trail’s only patch of May apples, an odd umbrella plant. If you gently lift the large leaves, you should see the plant’s white flower.

Further down the trail, the large grassy field looks desolate due to a fire of unknown origin. The fire happens almost every year, sets back woody plants trying to colonize the area and helps keep the field open. Now it looks grim, but in a few weeks new grass will sprout and the fire scars will disappear. The transformation is worth watching.

Kids Hike

Next Saturday, Steve Stycos will lead a short nature walk for kids. Everyone is welcome, but the walk will be geared to kids. We will use a simple tree identification pamphlet and then do a quick clean up. The free walk starts at 10 AM at the recycling table at the market and will last about an hour. No advance registration is required, but if you and/or your kids are coming, please reply to this email so I can plan.

See you Saturday at the market.
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