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Although the summer season is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the outdoor fun going! As the Rhode Island weather starts to cool off and summer days slip away, pull out your favorite flannel and head to the nearest farm or orchard. This is a great weekend activity to do with your family or friends. Here are just a few of the best local spots!

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Location: 86 Winsor Ave., Johnston, 401-949-2940

Dame Farm and Orchard

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Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sat., Sun. & Mon. holidays: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Hours: Daily. 9 am – 5 pm

Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm

Location: 1 Snake Hill Rd., North Scituate, 401-349-4408

Location: 150 Austin Ave., Greenville, 401-949-1456

Jaswell’s Farm

Sweet Berry Farm

Narrow Lane Orchard

Hours: Daily 8 am – 5 pm

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Location: 915 Mitchells Lane, Middletown, 401- 847-3912

Location: 213 Narrow Lane, North Kingstown, 401-294-3584

Location: 91B Brown Ave., Johnston, 401-949-3657,

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by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro Kat Carney is a creative elopement and small wedding photographer based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Kat loves the hills, rivers, streams, and ocean shoreline which provide ideal locations for weddings in Rhode Island. For example, recently she planned a wedding ceremony at sunrise in Narragansett, followed by a day of sightseeing on Block Island and an evening cake cutting ceremony at the North Light on Block Island. Thirty sea lions happened to be nearby. While Kat and her husband moved to Rhode Island a few years ago, they have ties to our state. Craig Kinsley, the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Throws Coach at Brown University is a Brown University graduate. Craig and Kat also have family living in Portsmouth. Kat recommends hiring a creative photographer who is familiar with planning elopements and small weddings. If you are planning an elopement here are some of the steps that are involved:

Select the location, landscape and timing for your event. Do you have a special destination? Do you want to

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Contract with vendors for flowers, cakes, music, etc. Purchase rings and write your vows. Have an awesome ceremony, including signing the

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Avoiding having people face directly into the sun while taking the formal photos. People are more likely to squint.

Do experiment with back lighting and side lighting with your camera to be sure you get nicely lit photos.

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talking with you and/or encouraging you to speak with your partner rather than concentrating on the camera.

If you, your friends or family members are thinking about an elopement or Small Wedding in Rhode Island, elsewhere in New England or anywhere else in the world Kat would be delighted to be your photographer. She will help you to create a unique, incredible and memorable experience. You will have awesome memories and photos. Kat is currently accepting reservations for next year’s weddings, but please contact her right away via her website or via email ( Photo credits: Kat Carney of I would like to thank Industrial Consultant Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.

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Pumpkin Picking in Rhode Island Adams Farm, Cumberland, RI Pumpkins, cornstalks, mums, and fall décor. Hayrides available and fresh apple cider. Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate, RI Pumpkins and apple picking. Farm store with apples, honey, and freshly pressed apple cider. Confreda Greenhouses and Farms, Hope, RI Free weekend hayrides, pumpkin picking and crafts. Dame Farm and Orchards, Johnston, RI Family owned farm with pick-your-own pumpkins, corn, and maze.

Festival Farm, Hope Valley, RI Pumpkins, hayrides, corn, gourds, and mums. Frerich’s Farm, Warren, RI Pumpkin patch, mums, and fall décor. PumpkinPalooza including the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Great Pumpkin Drop, music, food, crafts, and other events and activities throughout the month. Highland Farm, Wakefield, RI Pumpkin patch, hayrides, and gift shop. Jaswell’s Farm, Smithfield, RI Apple picking, pumpkin picking, farm tours and more. Fresh fruits pies, pastries and other desserts are available alongside their fresh apple cider donuts and gourmet muffins.

Salisbury Farm, Johnston, RI Known for their corn maze with more than a mile of paths in about five acres of corn. Pick your own pumpkins and fall décor available. Spring Hill Sugar House, Richmond, RI Pick your own pumpkins, freshly pressed apple cider, maple syrup, and corn maze. Sweet Berry Farm, Middletown, RI Pick your own pumpkins and apples. Farm store available with local products and fall décor.

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Apple Season Recipes We’ve rounded up some of our favorite apple-filled recipes, and think that they just might be an addition to your apple picking tradition.


Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers Total Time: 10 min. | Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients: - 2 medium apples, cubed - 1 log (6 ounces) Brie cheese, cubed - ½ cup hot caramel ice cream topping

- ½ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts - 2 tablespoons dried cranberries

Directions: 1. On each of 6 appetizer skewers, alternately thread apple and cheese cubes; place on a serving plate. 2. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with macadamia nuts and cranberries.

Main Entree:

Grilled Apple Cider Thyme Chicken Total time: 25 min | Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients: - 1 onion - 4 garlic cloves - 2 cups apple cider - 2 tbsp olive oil - 6 sprigs fresh thyme - 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar - 2 tsp Dijon mustard - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp brown sugar - ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper - 8 chicken boneless skinless chicken thighs Nothing says fall more than a crisp, chilly day of apple picking.


Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Total Time: 15 minutes


Cooking Instructions:

For The Apple Part:

For The Crisp Topping:

1. Peel the onion and garlic, then roughly chop them and add them to a large ziplock bag (or tupperware).

- 6 large apples (3 granny smith, 3 sweeter variety) - 1/4 cup light brown sugar - 1/4 cup granulated sugar - 3 Tablespoons corn starch - 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg - 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves - 3/4 teaspoon salt

- 3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes - 1 1/3 cup old fashioned oats - 1 1/2 cups flour - 1/2 cup light brown sugar - 1/2 cup granulated sugar - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

2. Add in the apple cider, olive oil, fresh thyme, apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar and black pepper. 3. Smoosh everything together until well combined and then add in the chicken thighs. 4. Carefully turn the ziplock bag over so the chicken is well coated and then place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours (up to 24 hours). 5. Preheat the grill or griddle pan. Cook the chicken over a medium high heat for 8 minutes until you have a nice charred crust. Flip the chicken and cook for a further 8 minutes. 6. Check the chicken is cooked through and then serve with a garnish of fresh time and some slices of lemon.

Directions: 1. Butter a 9 x 13 in pan and preheat oven to 375°F. Set the pan aside. 2. In a large bowl mix together the sugars, cornstarch, spices and salt. 3. Peel and core apples before slicing into thin 1/8 – 1/4” slices. Add the apples to sugar mixture and toss to combine. Add the apples to the buttered dish and arrange in an even layer. Set aside. 4. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Use pastry cutter, a fork or your hands to cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles wet sand and clumps together. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples. 5. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes before reducing the temperature to 350°F and baking for 35 more minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apple layer is bubbling. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL


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It’s never too early to start getting into the Halloween spirit. Take a ride to Confreda Farms for a spooky experience as the haunted hayride and maze begin to open up. Tickets can be purchased on their website 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope, RI

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Football Season starting up

Grab your lucky jersey, and support your local school teams as the season starts! Check out the RIIL website to stay up to date with game schedules. Aside from your local teams, be sure to watch your favorite football stars on the big screen, or maybe even watch them in person!

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Salisbury Farm in Johnston is in its prime apple picking season! Take a peaceful stroll and pick your very own tasty apples, then walk through the huge maze in their fields! How fast can you make it out?

Take a ride down to Providence to The Avery for a taste of your favorite drink after a long day! The Speakeasy-style bar offers handcrafted cocktails and a long list of beers in a dark and cozy setting. This fivestar bar opens at 4 pm.

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Have a pickup truck? There is nothing like sitting in the bed of your truck, watching a drive-in movie, while enjoying the nice cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean air. Even if you don’t have a truck, you can always easily place some folding chairs right outside of your vehicle. Speaking of the ocean air, you are just a short walk to the beach, so feel free to make a full day out of your drive-in experience, and possibly add a nice walk on the beach to the agenda. Forgot food at home? Check out the concession stand filled with delicious treats that will be sure to enhance your viewing experience. With hot dogs, popcorn, and a variety of candy and drinks, there is something for everyone! Be sure to keep in mind that cash is not accepted as a valid payment method. To listen to the movie, tune in your radio to 96.3 FM. Sometimes, you can even hear the sound from the DJ speakers up front, ensuring a surround sound experience like no other. Enjoy a night of nostalgic films in an awesome atmosphere before the season ends! Visit the website at, or visit their scenic location 316 Atlantic Ave, Westerly, RI 02891

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