Broad St. Market Starts Tomorrow!

The Community Growers' table at the market.

Starting tomorrow, stop by the Algonquin House at 807 Broad St. every Saturday from 9:00 to noon for the Broad Street Farmers’ Market, where you can pick up a variety of greens, vegetables, and herbs for your summer meals. The five vendors there include several farmers from Urban Edge Farm as well as the Southside Community Land Trust Community Growers, a collaborative of six community gardeners and City Farm that was profiled in our most recent newsletter. The members of the collaborative pool their harvest each week for sale. Sharing the stand reduces the cost of participating in the market for each person, ensuring that growers who want to sell their extra produce have an affordable opportunity to do so.

Farm Fresh RI, which manages the market, has a variety of special visitors lined up. Tomorrow, representatives from the University of Rhode Island SNAP Education Program will be on hand to share information about family nutrition, ways to prepare healthy foods on a budget, and using SNAP benefits to purchase fresh vegetables directly from farmers. Chefs from Johnson & Wales will also be doing cooking demos in the coming weeks. And next Saturday, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be at the market from 11:00 until noon to greet customers and show his support for locally-grown food. So be sure to stop by, say hi to the mayor, and support these small-scale urban farmers from the community! The market runs from now until October 29th.

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