First WINNERS of a Free Pound of Fairland Farm/Cape Cod Organic Sweetened Dried Cranberries

This couple is smiling because they are the first winners of a free pound of Fairland Farm/Cape Cod Organic sweetened dried cranberries. Chris and Agnieszka participated in the “buy ten/get one free” punch card program that Fairland offers for our frequent buyers. If you don’t have a punch card come on out and see Bonnie at the Hope Artiste Village Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 1005 North Main Street in Pawtucket. We will continue to offer this program for the remainder of the winter market and will continue it into the summer market at Hope Street where we will be vending on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 1:00 as well as Wednesday evenings 3:00 – 6:00.

At the Farmers Market with Bonnie {video}

Emily’s Garden at the Farmers Market with Bonnie.

In Praise of Farmer’s Markets

I was very lucky to have had the experience of living on a farm for a part of my childhood. My grandparents were dairy farmers and also had extensive vegetable gardens; entire fields of produce that they sold, canned or used to barter with their neighbors. I know first hand that food tastes much better right from the garden, still warm from the sun. I truly believe that those early days on that farm connected me to the earth in a way that has influenced my entire life and certainly instilled in me a deep respect for those who have the title of “farmer”.

If you look at the faces of people shopping at the grocery store, do you ever try to imagine what they are thinking of? I imagine that they are thinking of things like, “what’s on sale and what can I afford?” “What looks good in the produce aisle?” “How much time do I have to cook dinner tonight and still drive the children to soccer practice?” [Read more…]