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Vendor Opportunity: Belchertown Farmers’ Market

May 19 2019
Belchertown Farmers’ Market is seeking growers, bakers, makers, and entertainers! Our market runs on Sundays from 10am-2pm on the beautiful Belchertown Commons on route 9. Opening day is June 9–choose full or part-time attendance! Contact Gretchen at belchertownfarmersmarket@gmail.com . [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

May 18 2019
Our local asparagus, often known as ‘Hadley Grass,’ is considered some of the best in the country. I recently spoke with Donna Calabrese, who runs Calabrese Farms in Southwick with her husband Tom. Calabrese explained that the sandy, well-drained soil found throughout the Valley combined with our cool spring temperatures create the perfect conditions for [continue reading]

Vendor Opportunity: Ware Farmers & Artisans Market

May 13 2019
Farmers’ Market Vendors Needed!
The Ware Farmers & Artisans Market is looking for local Farmers and Artisans! If you sell produce, fruit, meat, honey, maple products, baked goods, fibers, flowers, value-added products or handmade goods please contact Shannon at 413.813.1572 or warefarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information. Thank you! [continue reading]

Interview: Sixteen Acres Garden Center

Apr 22 2019

http://www.buylocalfood.org/upload/news/2019/Sixteen.Acres.04.15.19.mp3
WRSI, April 15, 2019 . Listen to Judy Bordenuk of Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield as she talks about her father’s labor of love, the gladiola field that started it all, and the beauty and scents you’ll find when [continue reading]

MassAppeal: How Maple Syrup is Made

Mar 9 2019

WWLP, March 22, 2018. For many farmers here in Massachusetts, this is the perfect time of year to collect sap and turn it into delicious maple syrup. You need freezing nights and thawing days, though the latter has been a bit difficult recently. Through CISA , a nonprofit that stands for Community Involved [continue reading]

Focused on hot stuff, no matter the weather

Feb 7 2019
The Recorder, February 4, 2019 by Richie Davis

SUNDERLAND — Temperatures struggled to rise out of the negative realm last week at Kitchen Garden Farm, but owners Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox were laser-focused on hot stuff.
The 2,400-square steelframe building that will be the farm’s new commercial [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Sprouts

Jan 23 2019
It’s the season for heavy, hearty meals, but it’s a treat to sneak some locally grown greens in between those proteins and starches during the cold season. Sprouts – juvenile plants that have often been growing for less than a week – are grown indoors year-round in the Valley and can be a ray of [continue reading]

Where to buy local Thanksgiving Turkeys – CISA

Nov 13 2018
CISA  has a great list of where you can buy local turkeys for Thanksgiving in the Pioneer Valley.
Check it out:  https://www.buylocalfood.org/buy-local/find-local/thanksgiving-turkeys/
Thanksgiving Turkeys
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Horse-Powered Farming in the Hilltowns at Sawyer Farm

Jul 18 2018

Jul 21st, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sawyer Farm
19 Sawyer Road
Worthington
Join Hilltown Land Trust at  Sawyer   Farm  in Worthington to learn how and why this family  farm  uses horses instead of tractors to plow and work their fields, and how they came to choose [continue reading]

MassAppeal: Community Supported Agriculture

Mar 31 2018

WWLP, March 28, 2018
There are many ways to get fresh local produce in Western Massachusetts, such as Community Supported Agriculture, or farm shares. Claire Morenon, CISA’s Communications Manager, explained, and showed us how to make a kale salad.
Kale Salad with Apples, Almonds, and Goat Cheese
[continue reading]

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