The annual Pumpkin and Pawpaw Festival is coming up Saturday, but as reported here last week, there will be no pawpaws available this year. The extreme weather did them in, but we hope they will rebound next season. For those of you who would like to experiment with growing their own pawpaws (and have the patience to wait 6 years or so for the first fruits), we will have seeds and expert advice from Mark Garrison, the originator of Rhode Island’s only pawpaw grove.
Our farmers will be offering plenty of pumpkins, of all shapes and colors, for cooking or decorating. It is so great to see the varieties that have been grown by our local heroes; diversity is key to ensuring food security and healthy soil. They will also have a wide range of autumn veggies for roasting, soups and other cool weather dishes.
The RI DEM is offering free trees to property owners to promote energy savings. Please visit their web site: www.arborday.org/ridem to register; you’ll be able to pick your tree up at the market on October 22nd.
Two active community groups are having events open to the public; get involved!
The Patuxet Village Association hosts their annual Open House this evening Thursday October 13 at the Pawtuxet Rangers Armory, 59 Remington St, Warwick, from 6 to 8 PM. Parking at Pawtuxet Park.
The Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association holds their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 PM at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St, Cranston.
A reminder that our last market of the season will be October 29. Stay tuned to find out where your favorite vendors will be spending the winter so you can continue to support them until we open again in May.
See you at the market.