Food for Thought: Pease Join Us!
We have been working with a new food initiative on Aquidneck Island, The Island Commons Food Initiative, to gather together island people and organizations that share a growing concern for the many issues surrounding our food future, from access to healthy food for all to growing more food locally that sustains our environmental heritage for future generations. The project aims to foster awareness and understanding of the vital relationships between health, environment, agriculture and a thriving local economy, and place the community conversation about these concerns squarely in the center of the public table.
We are celebrating the launch of this endeavor with a party, so please join us at Newport Vineyards & Winery on June 30 for the next in a series of community discussions. We welcome you from 5:30 to 7:30 for wine tasting, courtesy of the Vineyard in their brand new Meadow Room, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from five island chefs. Make an evening of it with a supper reservation upstairs at Brix, the new Winery restaurant.
Space at the event is limited so please let us know you will be attending by making a reservation here, and for further information about the project, please visit the Island Commons website.
No cash in your market pocket?
We have a marvelous little gizmo at the market that works like a cash machine, except that we give you market tokens instead of greenbacks when you use it. If you run a debit or credit card (earn points towards your dream vacation?) you will receive $5 tokens that can be used to purchase from any vendor, who will give you change in dollars if your purchase is not a multiple of five. These tokens will never expire and can be used all year round.
If you are currently supplementing your grocery bill with SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) you can run your card and receive $1 market tokens that can be used to purchase all grocery items (but not hot-foods or beverages) and plants that grow food. We are thrilled to announce that this year we can offer the Bonus Bucks program which means that for every $5 you purchase in market tokens with your SNAP card you will receive a bonus of $2 extra dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables. This program is the result of our collaboration with Farm Fresh RI, the federal FINI program and the work and leadership of the Wholesome Wave Foundation. Please help us spread the word about this benefit for all who are struggling to get enough fresh foods and vegetables into their budget and especially all the hungry children in Newport County. Many of our vendors are also approved to receive the market coupons generated by both the RI Senior Citizen Coupon Program and the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) programs. Check at the market’s Welcome Stall to learn more about these programs.