Harvest Kitchen in Pawtucket, RI
Buy Local RI partner
We make our own...
"When life gives you apples, make applesauce!"
2 Bayley St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Can applesauce create new opportunities for RI farmers and at-risk youth?
From local orchards to a commercial kitchen in Pawtucket to your table.
From the juvenile justice system to employable jobs skills and certification.
The Harvest Kitchen Project is a 15-week culinary job-readiness training program for youth (16-19) involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families followed by a 5-week paid internship. Our trainees create a line of high-quality preserved foods using ingredients sourced from local farmers at a certified kitchen in Pawtucket. There we also offer the community delicious locally sourced foods in a beautiful, sunlit café — the proceeds from which directly support our training program.
Our culinary training and education consists of:
- Orientation to Food Service Industry
- Basic Methods of Cooking and Food Preservation Techniques
- Weights & Measurements
- Herbs & Spices
- Kitchen Brigade and its philosophy
- Food ordering and kitchen preparation
- Sales and Marketing of the food products
- Basic Nutrition Fundamentals
- Knife Skills & Identification
- Safety & First Aid
Products made in the Harvest Kitchen are sold at local stores, farmers markets and to wholesale customers via Farm Fresh RI's Market Mobile service — targeting bulk quantities to area schools, hospitals and cafeterias. And through the use of surplus farm products and offering co-packing services to local farmers, we are forge strong partnerships in the community that benefit farmers and provide healthy options for consumers, restaurants and institutional food service buyers.
The Harvest Kitchen staff also aims to foster good relationships with employers who provide employment/internship opportunities to our graduates to further their job readiness and employable job skills.
When life gives you apples, make applesauce!
—Jennifer Stott, Chef
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