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Events: July 2007

El Festival del Jibaro - Festival of the Country Farmer

Saturday, July 7 4:00PM - Sunday, July 8 9:00PM | Holyoke, MA | directions | website

Nuestras Raíces Farm is celebrating its grand opening with a vibrant cultural festival called El Festival del Jíbaro (the Festival of the Country Farmer) on July 7th and 8th, 1pm-6pm.

Nuestras Raíces Farm is a family-oriented destination located in Holyoke on the banks of the Connecticut River. Visitors can see and enjoy locally-owned small farms producing Puerto Rican specialty crops and livestock for sale at a store on site, topical sodas and ice creams, arts & crafts, horse & pony rides, nature walks around the farms and by the river, and a Caribbean-themed petting zoo.

El Festival del Jibaro recreates the warmth and fun of the Puerto Rican village. It will feature traditional Puerto Rican spit-roasted meats and other delicious foods, games for children, music and dancing, a poetry competition, pony rides and paso fino horse demonstrations.

The Jíbaro, or simple country farmer, is a powerful cultural icon of Puerto Rico, symbolizing the values of heritage, hard work and connection with the land.

Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots organization that promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment. The Festival del Jíbaro is sponsored by UMass 4-H and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Hosted by Nuestras Raices at the Nuestras Raices Farm: Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA.

Contact Hilda Colon at (413) 535-1789 or by e-mail for more information.

Starting with Draft Horses with Heifer Project's Dale Perkins in Rutland, Mass

Saturday, July 14 | 12:00PM - 6:30PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

You will learn about both the care (health, nutrition, foot care) of horses as well as have hands-on opportunities in handling, harnessing, and driving draft horses (single and team). There will also be farm equipment demonstrations (logging, wagon, cultivator and walking plow) and informal question and answer time throughout the workshop. Dale Perkins is the Farm Steward at Heifer International's Overlook Farm and has more than 20 years experience working with draft and saddle horses.
NOFA Members: $43 Non-members: $48

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Rutland: Dale's Homestead, Rutland, MA.

Contact Tom Szekely at (781) 894-4358 or by e-mail for more information.

Friday Night Lites

Friday, July 20 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Chef Eve Formisano Ornstedt returns this summer to offer a unique series of cooking demonstrations which will help people utilize the awesome variety of fruits and vegetables available from the farm.

This class celebrates the farm's produce through simple, flavorful dishes that are perfect for a light summer meal enjoyed with a bottle of wine, bread and cheese.

When weather permits, demonstrations will take place outdoors. Enjoyable and educational, you’ll leave these demonstrations will a full belly and some recipes to bring home. All workshops are $25 per adult and $10 for children (ages 8 and older only please). Pre-registration is required.

Hosted by Ledge Ends Produce at the Boesch Farm: 830 South Rd, East Greenwich, RI.

Contact Trish at (401) 884-5118 or by e-mail for more information.

Tranquil Lake Nursery Open House and Summer Festival

Saturday, July 21 | 1:00PM - 7:00PM | Rehoboth, MA | directions | website

Join Tranquil Lake Nursery for their 16th Annual Open House and Summer Festival Saturday, July 21, 10 am- 4 p. This year's festival will have the theme of Garden Magic: Gardens for Entertainment and Enjoyment. The featured speaker will be Dan Benarcik, Horticulturalist from premier botanic garden Chanticleer in Wayne, PA. Many workshops, vendors, and displays will fill the day, along with Tranquil Lake's glorious daylily display.

Hosted by Tranquil Lake Nursery at the Tranquil Lake Nursery: 45 River St., Rehoboth, MA.

Contact Deborah Hogan at (508) 252-4002 for more information.

5% Day to Benefit Farm Fresh RI at Whole Foods

Tuesday, July 24 11:00AM - Wednesday, July 25 1:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

At both our University Heights and Waterman Street locations in Providence.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a non-profit organization that works toward a food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters.

Our Community 5% Days are one meaningful way we give back to our community. On designated days throughout the year a total of 5% of the day's net sales are donated to a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit association.

Hosted by Whole Foods at the Whole Foods: 601 N. Main St., Providence, RI.

Contact Whole Foods at (401) 621-5990 for more information.

Iron Chef Providence

Friday, July 27 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Come see Providence's best chefs duke it out for the title of Iron Chef Providence! Local produce will be used to create fresh and tasty dishes. Guest Judge is local radio celebrity Jen from Jen's Dish and a People's Choice winner will be chosen. Don't miss it!

Hosted by Farm Fresh Rhode Island at the Downtown Farmers' Market: Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI.

Contact Fiona Kenny at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.