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We often hear that it’s usually a good idea to eat seasonally and locally, but it becomes difficult during the winter time. In that regard, we are fortunate to have some farmer’s markets available throughout the year here in RI. If you have been to one of the winter farmer’s markets, you might have been surprised to see that many vegetables are available even in the middle of winter. This is one of the great reasons why we need the Urban Greens market, so that you won’t miss fresh food because you missed your local “once a week” farmer’s market. Our up-coming store will be open 7 days a week and will carry locally sourced seasonal products throughout the year!
New England has four clearly distinct seasons and each season has its plants and beauty. Although it is true that there will be less variety of vegetables available locally in winter, you can still get vegetables like squashes, parsnips, beets, brussels sprouts, even some greens, and much more, thanks to local producers. We would like to share some recipes using local harvests in the following weeks to get everyone thinking about how to eat seasonally! The first one is a favorite fall/winter dish of mine, roasted acorn squash. This recipe is so sweet and tasty that you can eat them after dinner like a dessert!
Fall is the time to plant bulbs in preparation for next spring (both flowers like those described here, and some vegetables like shallots and garlic), If you haven’t done so yet. It is also the time that squirrels and other bulb loving animals are looking for food. What I hear often from folks is that squirrels ate most of the bulbs they planted! Today, I would like to share good tips I learned on how to avoid getting your bulbs eaten by animals.
The first method is using chicken coop wire. Chicken coop wire is available at most hardware stores. It is a thin wire net that has 1/2” spaces in between. The idea is that you cut the chicken coop wire into the size of the area you plant the tulips and then put the coop wire on top of the area, then cover with mulch or soil. A 1/2” is enough space for tulips to get through, but not enough for squirrels.
If you have other animal problems, like moles, you can put the bulbs in a chicken coop cage. You cut the coop into about a 10”-12” piece, then make a cage. Put the bulbs in it before planting. Make sure to put soil in between the coop and the bulb, so that animals can’t nibble on it through the cage.
Some of the member owners gathered to celebrate the community investment campaign kick off party for Urban Greens on October 19th at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse at 10 Davol Sq.
This event was held to introduce a new investment opportunity for member owners and Rhode Island residents. The celebration was also dedicated to formally introducing our new general manager Ms. Janiqua Jackson. During the event, Janiqua told us about her 18 years of experience in the food retail business and how she ended up in RI. A Southern California native, Ms. Jackson began her career in the food retail business as a cashier’s assistant at Costco. After working in a small-scale store in Las Vegas, she moved her way up to become a store manager first with Fresh and Easy, and again with Harris Teeter in North Carolina. She learned about the importance of organic food and quality ingredients along the way.
The Urban Greens Groundbreaking celebration on September 14 was a huge success because of YOU!
What better way to show our cooperative nature than to come together as a community to support the growth of Urban Greens Food Co-op. We would like to thank all the dignataries who came out to be a part of our celebration, including Mayor Elorza, Representative Williams, and Councilwoman Harris.
A special shoutout to local vendors: Little City Growers, who provided healthy local snacks produced on their farm; Sanctuary Herbs, who provided some of their signature refreshments; Food4Good was on site with their food truck to provide tasty bites, including vegan and gluten free options. Mr. John Prince was also in attendance to represent the Sankofa Drummers and share his voice through music.
We at Urban Greens would be nothing without the support of our 825 (and counting!) community member-owners, as well as our community consumer support.
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As we all know, the groundbreaking for the up-coming Urban Greens Food co-op was held last week at the site where the store will be built. I would like to write about the event today for the member-owners, and soon to be members who couldn’t be there, to let you all know what’s happening at Urban Greens.
It was a well attended celebration. All kinds of people from different backgrounds and all ages were there. It was a representation of who our food co-op is and will be. Some of the member-owners had the pleasure of meeting Janiqua Jackson, our general manager of the up-coming market for the first time! We had the Mayor of Providence, Mr. Elorza as one of the speakers as well. In fact, our new general manager Janiqua successfully recruited Mayor Elorza to join Urban Greens! Great work Janiqua! :)
Many die-hard native Rhode Islanders might already know about this, but I learned at the event that the new store site (93 Cranston St) had long been a contaminated lot. It took a huge effort with hundreds of people involved to clean the site up. Now, it is all completed and it will be used as our new store where people can interact to create a community. It is a win-win situation, and indeed a groundbreaking event for both us and the city.