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Farm Fresh RI fundraiser celebrates the start of local growing season with the arrival of asparagus!

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is reprising its newest local food event for a second year on May 4, 2019,  in celebration of the beginning of the local growing season. Asparagus Fest will take place at Four Town Farm — located where the four towns of East Providence, Barrington, Seekonk, and Swansea meet. 


As the name implies, Asparagus Fest will be a celebration of the deletable springtime treat here in Southern New England, asparagus. Guests will be taken on a special behind-the-scenes farmer-led tour through Four Town Farm’s asparagus fields. On the tour, guests will learn how asparagus is propagated, grown, and maintained on the 150-acre fifth-generation family-run farm — and will be invited to pick a pound of aspargus themselves to bring home!  


After the tractor-pulled tour through Four Town Farm’s asparagus fields, guests will return to the gorgeous farm stand for music and refreshments. The Fest will feature local wine & beer, and a wide array of unique asparagus dishes created by an impressive team of chef-instructors from Johnson & Wales University, College of Culinary Arts. 

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Cooking at Asparagus Fest 2019 


Rizwan Ahmed
Culinary Arts Instructor, Johnson & Wales University
Owner Rhode Rage Food Truck, former chef/owner Hourglass Brasserie 


Olga Bravo, with Becky Wagner
Baking & Pastry Instructor, Johnson & Wales University
Former co-owners/founders Olga’s Cup + Saucer 


Matthew Britt
Culinary Arts Instructor, Johnson & Wales University 


Michael Makuch
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Johnson & Wales University 


Valeria Molinelli
Culinary Arts Instructor, Johnson & Wales University
Executive sous chef The Flavor Experience 


Maureen Pothier
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Johnson & Wales University
Farm Fresh RI Board Member, former chef/co-owner Bluepoint Oyster Bar 


Gilbert Stansfield
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Johnson & Wales University 


Russ Zito
Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University
owner Z Culinary Services, LLC 

Tending Bar at Asparagus Fest 2019 

Jennifer Broderick, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University 


Jennifer Parisi
Culinary Arts Instructor, Johnson & Wales University 

Asparagust Fest is a fundraiser.


All proceeds will support Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a 501c3 nonprofit organization growing a more equitable, accessible, and sustainable local food system. Farm Fresh RI is grateful for the generous donations of time, expertise, space, equipment — and of course, asparagus — provided by the good folks at Four Town Farm ( and Johnson & Wales University (! 


About Farm Fresh Rhode Island


Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2004. They are a small organization with a big mission—growing a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of area farmers and eaters. Part incubator, part activator, Farm Fresh RI offers a wide array of access, education, and distribution programs aimed at building healthier communities, increasing access to fresh food, strengthening community-based businesses, and improving the impact of food production and distribution on our environment. For more information, please visit  

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