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The Demystification of Slow Food

riving toward town on North Main Road, you will notice a section that is flanked on both sides by farms. You might also have noticed a sign that reads ‘Slow Food District’. Every time I drive by that sign, I’m left wondering. Hmmm, am I being told to slow down because this is a farm area with animals and vegetables and maybe they require calm and tranquility to reach their fullest potential?  (I know, strange thoughts, but true). Or, is ‘Slow Food’ actually a technical term for a special kind of food?

Well, apparently I’m not the only one who has pondered the true meaning behind this cryptic handwritten sign on poster board. My co-worker and I debated this topic just the other day in the office. So, I decided to do a little digging and end the confusion once and for all.

What is Slow Food? According to Slow Food USA™, Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassrootsmovement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of foodwith a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food is a national non-profit that believes that everyone has the right to good, clean and fair food. 

Good is defined by food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

Clean is food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.

Fair food is food that should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.

Through volunteer projects, national advocacy campaigns, training and education, Slow Food USA™ carries out its vision of a world where all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

For more information, visit

Rhode Island’s local chapters are Slow Food Rhode Island, Providence and Slow Food, University of Rhode Island.


Pick-Your-Own Close to Jamestown

It’s berry picking time! This fun activity can be found at few different nearby farms.

The raspberries and blueberries are ripe now at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown. Pick-your-own basket, then enjoy the farm café and specialty food market, which supports local businesses and food artisans. Here you can find fruit & veggies, baked goods, pre-made dinners, spices, flowers and a whole lot more. You might also check out their summer concert and dinner series. Open every day 8am-7pm.  *Tip – save some room for a soft serve cone after a hard day of picking berries.

Pick-your-own blueberries are available at Schartner Farms in Exeter. They claim to have “some the size of quarters”! Picking hours are weekdays 7:30am-noon and 4-7pm. Weekends they are open all day (7am-7pm). They also offer a full produce department, jams, gift shop, nursery and greenhouse. Schartner Farms currently provides fresh produce and products to over fifty Rhode Island Restaurants on a weekly basis.  *Tip – take some delicious corn home for dinner!

Blueberries are also available at Smith’s Berry Farm in North Kingstown. Due to a slow ripening this year, give a quick call (401.295.7669) to be sure it is a good time to go.

If you know of any other great places like these to visit, we would love to hear from you!







What A Bay!

DeWolf Tavern, BristolLast week was a big anniversary celebration for my husband and I. There was only one place we wanted to be: on the water in Narragansett Bay. We sailed off our mooring on the east side of Jamestown and headed for Bristol late one morning. After a lovely, short sail which took us along Prudence Island we arrived at the harbor. The friendly Harbormaster gave us a mooring # and told us that because we were just stopping for charge. We rowed into the closest dock, hoping it was "allowable" to store our dinghy. The sign said the dock is reserved for patrons of a number of places, and one of them is where we had planned lunch, the DeWolff Tavern. We walked up the dock, into a charming, historic stone building and out to the terrace. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch (my husband recommends the seared sea scallops with garam masala sauce) and then had another beautiful sail home. We were in Jamestown by 5 after a glorious outing. Another Narragansett Bay gem.



And They're Off! The Transatlantic Race 2011

This week, thirty sailboats have begun leaving Newport on the 2,975 nautical mile Transatlantic Race 2011 to England. Due to the various classes and sizes of the 30 boats entered — ranging from 40 to 289 feet — there are three separate starts. The first two waves left Sunday and Wednesday. The last boats depart on July 3.

While trans-Atlantic races have traditionally left from New York, this is the first to go from Newport. The boat that finishes with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark from Newport to Lizard Point in southwestern England, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.

Pictured above is The Maltese Falcon, which departed on Wednesday in the largest group of yachts.  Built by Perini Navi, the 'Falcon' is a clipper sailing luxury yacht, commissioned and formerly owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at 88 m (289 ft).


The Rhode Island National Guard Air Show


Established in 1991, the annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show is a wonderful community event offering amazing aerial displays. This year celebrates The Centennial of Naval Aviation featuring the US Navy Blue Angels.

From the beginning, the show has been led by its mission to put on a world class show featuring the best aircraft and pilots and operate the show totally for the benefit of the community. In a 96 hour period, a fully operating civilian/military airport is transformed into the air show venue. Everyone involved shares a commitment to the children of Hasbro and all the local charities that benefit from the effort. To date, contributions to local charities exceed $1,400,000. The Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the largest benefactor and has received over $1,200,000.  (

The show takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, from Quonset Base.  You can set up camp there, but many spots around the area will enjoy the sights and sounds as well. Jamestown is a great location to catch the action! The morning show begins at 10:00 and will include demonstrations by:

The Black Daggers
Sean D. Tucker
The Red Bull Air Force
Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The RI Air National Guard C-130J Demo
F-16 Viper East
Mike Goulian
The RI Army National Guard Blackhawk Demo

The Show will not have any breaks. In the afternoon you will see performances by:

Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The Grumman TBM Avenger
The Black Daggers
The Red Bull Air Force
Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter
Geico Skytypers
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The Horsemen
Mike Goulian
F-16 Viper East
USAF Heritage Flight
Sean D. Tucker
Combined Arms Demonstration
USN Blue Angels

*The performances may not happen in the order listed here.


Rhode Island Housing - A Great Resource

There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and the list can be daunting if you are new to the process.  This is one of the most significant investments in your life and you want to approach it armed with as much knowledge as possible.  This is where Rhode Island Housing can help you.  This is an organization created to make it easier for people to make Rhode Island their home.  They provide low-interest loans, grants, education, advocacy and consumer counseling so you don't have to go it alone.

For those who already own a home, there is a wealth of information to help people maintain or improve their homes.  They are also a resource for those who may need help keeping their home.

Coming Up
If you are thinking of buying your first home, you can learn everything you need to know at a free Homebuyer Education class.  They run from 6:30-9:30PM and are offered at locations around the state.  The Rhode Island Housing newsletter published the following dates for the classes:

June 8 Smithfield
June 13 Providence
June 21 Warwick
June 27 Middletown

Contact Tammy Fisher at 401.457.1245 or to register. 

Visit their website at



The Return of Dockwise

Each year in the late spring, the huge orange ship shows up in Newport Harbor to begin its delivery of yachts transported here to Narragansett Bay to spend summer in arguably the best sailing/cruising area in the United States. 

I checked out their website a little while ago. There are 4 ships, including one super sized ship, that travel to about 18 destinations worldwide to pick up and deliver. Destinations include the cruising grounds many of us are familiar with, including St. Thomas and the Bahamas. But in fact, New Zealand, Tahiti, Turkey, France and Italy are among the other interesting ports where Dockwise makes regular stops.

I took this excerpt from their website, but there is lots of interesting information, so I’d suggest you check it out. Meanwhile, if you’re out in the bay, it’s fascinating to watch the unloading of the yachts. And in the fall, the ship reloads and takes its cargo to winter cruising grounds.

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is the world's leading yacht logistics company offering hassle-free yacht & boat transport to the most desirable cruising grounds of the world.
DYT serves its customers with a global network of 10 offices and representatives. With its own fleet of semi-submersible yacht carriers, DYT provides top quality service and reliable scheduling throughout the year.

-Ginny Prichett


Go For a Ride in Jamestown!

While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike.  I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it!  Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels.  To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.

A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets.  Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato.  After all, you earned it!  For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to.  I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.

There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road.  The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.

An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day.  For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country.  With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete! 

Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.

-Vicki deAngeli