The Cafe & Corner Store That's Changing So Many Lives In The OS


Who handed you your coffee this morning? Where did the eggs in your omelette come from? Do you know how that applesauce in your kid’s lunch was made? What about the sandwich you picked up for lunch? The more important question is do you care?

You should and here’s why: many business are skewed towards hiring with a stigma. That often leaves untapped talent on the table. I worked in the restaurant and service industry for more than a decade, and I know which resumes end up in which pile. Companies are rarely willing to take a chance on an individual who might not have the right credentials. But they were most likely never given the opportunity to add those bullet points to their resume to begin with. One organization in Rhode Island is working to change that.

Since 2010 Farm Fresh RI's Harvest Kitchen Project has been a place where the youth transform the harvest and the harvest transforms them. They take at risk youth on probation or aging out of foster care and give them an opportunity that not everyone gets. Over 20 weeks, the youth in the program are mentored and shown how to deal with the trials that adult life throws at all of us. Life skills that no one bothered to offer them before now. After the training wraps, opportunities open up for many, connecting them with like-minded chefs or being brought on as employees of Harvest Kitchen itself either at the farmer’s markets or at their location on 2 Bayley Street in Pawtucket.


Helping the youth of Rhode Island isn’t the only second chance Farm Fresh is giving out here. They are also reducing food waste from local farms by purchasing their overproduction or bruised products. After taking those secondary pieces of fruits or veggies, the youth of Harvest Kitchen turn the otherwise discarded produce into applesauce, stewed tomatoes, bread and butter pickled squash, peach slices, and more. After that, they’re sent to farmer’s markets, wholesale for restaurants, or sold in bulk to schools and hospitals.


In addition to increasing the number of youths they are able to bring on as employees, they are also looking to increase their grocery selection at the 2 Bayley Street location. For those who don’t make it to this historic area of Pawtucket much, it is in desperate need of a place like this. Just down the street from The Guild, this location gives residents a much needed, and much healthier, option for their shopping. Currently you can find a variety of RI produce, milk, and from scratch prepared foods. Not only that, they also carry local honey, grain and flour from Maine, New Harvest Coffee Roasters, Providence Bagels, Narragansett Creamery, and hot soups always on tap. So if you can’t make it to your local farmer’s market, this is the place to go to!

You can find cooking demos every friday from 11AM to 1PM and other events which you find through their social media, @HarvestKitchenRI. Meanwhile regular business hours at the Bayley Street location are Monday through Friday, 7AM to 5PM, and Saturday from 9AM to 3PM.

For more info, make sure to check out their website at

Thanks for reading!

+      Colin Carlton

About Colin 

Colin is a local author and freelance writer.

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Photo Credits: All photos of Harvest Kitchen are courtesy of their Instagram + Facebook pages.

**This post has been updated from the original from Fall 2017.**


This Fashion Design Workshop Is Everything Your Tween (Or Teen) Self Always Wanted

Fashion School Is Happening...Soon

As a designer, Elana Carello has an enviable resume, one that includes a shoutout from Oprah, and her whimisical line of knits being showcased in a variety of hit tv shows and movies. Fast forward to her return to RI, a new emerging line of fanciful sweaters, and the program she's put together to help teens (and now tweens too!) learn more about what really goes into being a working designer - Project FashionWorks. Today, we'll be spotlighting a tween from one of her PFW classes.

What Elana Says About...Adriana P

Adriana is a talented girl. She knows her own mind, has a creative vision, and she’s a leader. She often helps out other students in the class. She drafted the pattern and made her own skirt in my sewing class as well. She has a good taste level and chose a very interesting fabric. She has an openness and a fearlessness when it comes to design. I look forward to what she will accomplish in the teen class one day!

The Q & A With Adriana

  1. Your Style Influences? Eva Gotowski, Taylor Swift, and Loren Beech
  2. If You Could Dress Any High Profile Person? Sarah Hyland because the outfits I have seen her wear on the red carpet are the kind of things I love. I would mix what she already loves to wear with my style of designing, and she would look amazing.
  3. What are some of the challenges you've faced in pursing this career? One challenge is trying to design something and finding inspiration. When that happens, I'll look through pictures I've taken and that gives me ideas for outfits.
  4. What keeps you motivated? After I design one thing I really like, that gives me more motivation and inspiration to keep going.

Photo Diary

Some behind the scenes of Adriana at work, and what Elana's classes for tweens and teens look like:

For More About PFW (aka, Fashion Summer Camp)

This Food Stylist & Rhody Native's Spin On A Healthier Work Week Breakfast


We’ve been told since we were kids that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true if you are trying to eat healthy. A high protein, low sugar breakfast will give your body the energy it needs to start the day without the dreaded 10am sugar crash. I know what you must be thinking - you have no time to even make coffee, let alone cook breakfast in the morning. Well, I’m here to prove you wrong because it's all in the prep

I like to do my food prep, for both breakfasts and lunches, on Sunday. That way I’m not running around every morning looking for healthy eats for later in the day. You should also make yourself a killer batch of cold brew coffee as part of your meal prep. I like to do this for two reasons:

  1. You can control what calories you’re consuming, whether that's from the milk and sugar in your coffee or other sweet temptations (Donuts, you are beautiful!).
  2. You can avoid the line at the coffee bar.

Everybody wins!

How To's For Your Breakfast Cups

Shopping List

These are the ingredients you'll need for your B Cups:

  • egg whites (Use the whole egg if you're not watching your cholesterol – both work.)
  • cheese (I use real cheese, but you can opt for low calorie if you prefer. Shredded cheese is pictured below.)
  • 4 links of chicken sausage
  • 4 peppers (all colors - sweet and spicy)
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 bag of spinach (washed and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil

Step By Step

  1. Wash and cut the peppers, then place on a baking sheet with the onions.
  2. Drizzle avocado or olive oil, salt and pepper over vegetables, and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. Remove sheet from oven, and coarsely chop peppers and onions.
  4. Next, cut chicken sausage into slices and the cheese into small cubes (or used shredded).
  5. Spray muffin tin with olive oil cooking spray and add 2 pieces of sausage, 1 piece of cheese, a spoonful of peppers, and a little spinach to each cup. 
  6. Then, fill each muffin cup with one egg or the egg whites.
  7. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Check with a fork to see if eggs are cooked.  
  8. Buon Appetito!

About Lori 

Lori is a visual artist, cook, and food stylist. She is a native of Rhode Island who now lives in NYC and who also travels the world in search of food adventure. She launched her website, to share her healthy, clean and easy recipes and cooking with real ingredients, the way her grandmother always did. Follow Lori on Instagram @gizznyc for inspiration and more creative food ideas.


Photo Credits: Additional photos by Lori Gizz