Farm Fresh Rhode Island Market Mobile Helps Organic Food Scene Grow

BRISTOL, R.I.__The Farm Fresh Rhode Island Market Mobile is increasing organic food sales and consumption. Every week a truck will deliver foods and product from over 50 local farms to various farmers markets, restaurants and businesses.

In 2009 Farm Fresh launched a new program called Market Mobile aimed at getting more local and organic products into restaurants and other businesses. Running a restaurant means ordering food that can be received in a timely manor which usually results in many places buying from the closest vendor.

The Market Mobile created an opportunity for growers to interact with businesses without managers having to leave the restaurants.

From 2009 until 2013, the program has brought in a total revenue of $5.5 million with $1.9 million dollars coming from the 2013 season. Sales are expected to rise again as the organic food industry continues to grow.


photo by Mary Calvert, Washington Post

Other areas such as the Arcadia Market Mobile left have also adopted market mobiles to increase the amount of organic food used in the industry.


Newport Vineyard Supports Aquidneck Grower’s Market

NEWPORT, R.I. __ Newport Vineyard has been in the wine industry for over 20 years. But this year also marks the 20th year that the winery has supported the Aquidneck Grower’s Market. Every Saturday, the farmer’s market is hosted at the vineyard where dozens of vendors come to sell their local product.

Manager of Aquidneck Grower’s Market, Judy Hestnes actively makes sure that each vendor is truly local, organic and fresh.

“The flavors just make sense, nutritionally you’re having food that’s more fresh,” said Hestnes. “Here at Aquidneck Grower’s Market we only want to be selling product that is truly local. As a customer you kind of have to do your research about who you’re buying from.”

The Aquidneck Market will soon move to an outside area at the vineyard where over 30 vendors will be involved up from the 17 that come during the winter season.

7 percent of U.S. organic food sales occur through farmers’ markets, food service, and marketing channels other than retail stores.

1.6 percent of U.S. fresh produce sales are through direct sales.

Rhode Island hosts 50 farmer’s markets throughout the year alone. With 20 years of business experience and customer satisfaction, Aquidneck Grower’s Market is sure to bring in more people, and get more markets involved.

Grass Fed vs Corn Fed: Why You Should Care About the Meat You Eat

PORTSMOUTH, R.I.__ Sticking to the overall idea of being as natural and healthy as possible, most organic farmers are choosing to feed their cows grass instead of corn.

The practice is said to be a much healthier and wholesome and results in a product that is considered by many to be leaner and of higher quality.

Aquidneck Farms is one of two grass fed beef providers in the area. About 40 steers get butchered annually and the farm works hand in hand with the Green Grocer and the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Market Mobile to get their beef out to the public.

Experts say that eating grass fed beef instead of corn fed will save a consumer 17,733 calories a year.

The cost is more but the product received is much richer in Omega 3 fats and other healthy fats that are less present in corn fed beef. Cows are naturally made to feed on grass. When they are fed a strict corn diet to fatten them up quicker it results in a less healthy product made ready for consumption at a faster rate.

So why should you care what type of beef you are consuming?

If 17,733 calories saved annually and a richer, leaner, wholesome meat isn’t enough to convince you to try it, remember that while buying corn fed beef may be a cheaper alternative, every dollar spent on grass fed beef goes towards supporting your local farmers to continue providing a high quality food for your own consumption.

The Green Grocer:A Local Solution to Staying Fresh

BRISTOL, R.I.__ For many, the closest place they can go to get fresh food is a Whole Foods or a Stop and Shop. The Green Grocer located in Portsmouth, R.I. just a five minute drive over the bridge for Bristol residents, is dedicated to providing the freshest and most local organic food it can.

Owned and operated by John Wood and his wife Aly-Marks Wood, The Grocer was started after Wood was diagnosed with GWS (Gulf War Syndrome) after his service in the army. Wood’s diagnosing called for him to change his clothing, food he ate, and essentially switch to a lifestyle that was as natural as he could get.

Since the changes, Wood swears on being as natural as possible and that is the ethic that his staff provides at the grocer.


photo by Chris Carnese

According to this yelp review most customers prefer the Grocer over more mainstream companies like Whole Foods.

Not only does the Green Grocer provide customers with many fresh and organic food choices but also products that are produced in the most natural way in order to promote many local farmers in the area.

To do this, the Grocer uses a program called the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Market Mobile to get products from over 50 different farms every week.

Although the market for organic food is a rising and growing trend, the growth is still slow but The Green Grocer is definitely a step in the right direction.

It All Starts With Composting

BRISTOL, R.I.__Ever wonder how organic farmers get the materials they use to grow there products that everyone is crazy about? It all starts with composting, a process that involves the decomposition of food, waste product, and other natural organisms into soil which is then used to provide a farmer’s product a soil with rich nutrients for growing.

The Compost Plant is dedicated to minimizing waste and to date has saved 410 tons of waste from b628ffa785115597d86869fdb82770d4eeing dumped into Rhode Island’s only landfill in Johnston.

Roger Williams University is strongly opposed to wasting its excess food products and instead is working with the Compost Plant to send much of their food waste to be composted.

Chef John Cambra, new to the Roger Williams kitchen staff in 2014 thinks that the composting system used at the school is a big step in creating sustainable waste.

“We are paying to have our waste taken in the state,” he said. “It is better that we pay for it to be disposed of in a more sustainable way.”

The Compost Plant was created by Nat Harris and Leo Polluck as a start up company to reduce waste and take unhealthy toxins out of the air.

Today they are working hand in hand with Roger Williams where the waste goes full circle, from the farms, to the grill, to waste, to be composted and then used to grow the food again.

Cops Involved with Freddie Gray Death Facing Charges

BALTIMORE _ Following the previous coverage by news companies across the country on the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, six police officers were charged with murder in the latest news from down south.

Since what has been a ruling of an illegal arrest of Freddie Gray on April 12, 2015 Baltmore has been in a state of unrest where protesters have looted, vandalized, and destroyed many areas throughout the city.

Numerous videos of Gray’s arrest surfaced in wake of his arrest and death a week after being taken in by police who neglected to provide medical attention for Gray.


Photo Cred Baltimore Sun

A list of the charges for the six officers involved clockwise from left to right.

Sgt. Alicia White: Manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct office

Lt. Brian Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Officer William Porter: Involuntary manslaughter,second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter

Officer Edward Nero: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Officer Garret Miller: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Officer Caesar Goodson: Second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office

The charges were issued out earlier today May 1st as soon as prosecutors ruled they had probable cause to charge officers with homicide.

A time line of Gray’s arrest leading up to his death a week later was archived by the New York Times here.

Bruce Davidson

BRISIMG_0851TOL, R.I.__World renowned street photographer Bruce Davidson spoke about his lifelong work at Roger Williams University last night in CAS 157.

People attending were made up of students, faculty, and locals. Davidson spoke about his travels during his early career as well as his experience in the civil rights movement.

Davidson has documented many famous individuals and events throughout his career. He has met countless historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Marilyn Monroe.

Davidson is regarded as the best living street photographer in the world.NYC88611 His work extends from the United States, to France, all over Europe and other places around the world. It was a pleasure to hear him talk so passionately about his work and his experience with a camera.

Davidson is a photographer for Magnum Photography and has been shooting film since the age of 15. Born in 1933, Davidson has what seems like over 200 years of life captured in his work.

A true inspiration to anyone with an open mind or interest in photography, Davidson will get you wanting to get behind a camera soon after you see his work.