Buy local in RI for the holidays


Efforts are heating up to promote local businesses for the holidays, and I'll have more on this subject in next week's Phoenix.

For now, here's a quick look at some of what's going on:

-- Craftland launches Friday.

-- Farm Fresh RI's weekly winter market debuts this Saturday, from 11 am to 2 pm at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket:

Local food all winter long. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round!

ALL WINTER LONG: Lettuces, arugula, bok choi, kale, collards, cabbage, chard, apples, cider, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, radishes, chilis, fresh herbs, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, winter squash, oysters, beef, pork, Narragansett Creamery cheese, eggs, honey, maple syrup

DECEMBER: Wreaths and trees, broccoli, cauliflower

-- LG Elizabeth Roberts continues to beat the drum, holding an 11 am newser tomorrow to promote the winter market and then heading downtown: 

Roberts continues her "Main Street" tours of local businesses for the statewide initiative Buy Local RI, in downtown Providence, Thursday, December 4, at 12:00 p.m.

Buy Local RI launched with a public awareness campaign, encouraging Rhode Islanders to support local businesses by shopping locally for the holidays. The "Main Street" events build on existing local initiatives that highlight the opportunity and benefits of choosing to Buy Local RI during the holiday season. The downtown Providence "Main Street:" Buy Local RI event is in conjunction with Providence Mayor David Cicilline's "Buy Providence" initiative and features merchants and businesses from the "Downcity" section of Providence

The Buy Local RI statewide initiative will also create a working group which will develop a website dedicated to expanding the market for local businesses and products by connecting people to Rhode Island businesses. For more information, visit the Buy Local RI page on the Lt. Governor's website:

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