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An apple a day: Picking season approaches for orchards

Sep 10 2020
Sept. 2, 2020 | The Reminder Publishing News Staff  payton@thereminder.com
WESTERN MASS. – As crisper days set in and summer comes to a close, we round the corner into autumn. For New Englanders, often this time of year brings on thoughts of drinking pumpkin flavored beverages, heading out to a pumpkin [continue reading]

Early apple season begins during peak peach season at Franklin County farms

Sep 2 2020
WWLP, August 26, 2020, by: Katrina Kincade
DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s peak peach season in Franklin County with another fruit starting to make its seasonal appearance.
Not only are we in the peak of peach season but early apples are ready at local farms up in Franklin County. [continue reading]

Distributing a healthy lifestyle

Aug 24 2020
The Recorder, August 20, 2020.
This summer, Greenfield-based LifePath has distributed approximately 625 free farmers market coupon booklets to area seniors, each is worth around $25.
The coupons are a part of an annual program from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, designed to help elders get fresh, local fruits and vegetables and [continue reading]

Sweet corn season sees strong summer sales

Aug 20 2020
The Recorder, August 12, 2020. By ZACK DeLUCA, Staff Writer
DEERFIELD — Each year, families look forward to backyard summer barbecues and the fresh taste of local sweet corn. Despite weather-related delays to the start of the growing season, farmers say sales have been particularly strong this summer.
The Ciesluk Farm [continue reading]

Pick Your Own Peaches at Phoenix Fruit Farm | Belchertown | August 8

Aug 4 2020
Pick Your Own Peaches Saturday, August 8, 10am-4pm and following Saturdays until August 29 or when peaches are all picked.
Phoenix Fruit Farm, 401 Mill Valley Road, Belchertown, MA
Event Details :
“Come to the farm to pick your own beautiful, tree ripened peaches on a serene hillside with stunning [continue reading]

Pick-your-own farms adapt to COVID rules

Jul 21 2020
The Recorder, July 20, 2020. By ZACK DeLUCA, Staff Writer
With the “pick-your-own” blueberry season now off to a busy start, local farmers say 2020 could prove to be a banner year despite the COVID-19 policies that are in place.
Located at 9 North Street in Whately, Quonquont farm opened for [continue reading]

Holyoke Farmers Market Opening Day | July 2

Jun 29 2020
Holyoke Farmers Market Opening Day Thursday, July 2, 1:00-5:30pm
Veterans Park, Holyoke
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/259169095538609
“We are excited to finally be opening for the 2020 Summer season! Local farmers will be bringing fresh nutritious food to your community. Things will look different this year as we’ve had to [continue reading]

Strawberry season has begun!

Jun 16 2020
Strawberry season has begun and pick your own farms are still welcome people, just check with them about what Covid-19 safety protocols they have in place.   Simple Gifts Farm U-pick info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1118293868554621/?event_time_id=1118293878554620   Pie in the Sky U-pick info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UPickNoho/posts/?ref=page_internal   Warner Farm U-pick info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/warnerfarm1718/posts/?ref=page_internal (They also have a CSA)   Smiarowski Farm [continue reading]

Locally-sourced meat still available amid national shortage concerns

May 21 2020
EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — One of the big industries impacted by the coronavirus crisis is the meat industry, leading to shortages at many grocery store chains.
However, butchers in western Massachusetts we spoke to said their locally-sourced supply is still available.
“People have gone from buying their meat on a philosophical basis to [continue reading]

Farmers markets readying to open — but with new rules

May 11 2020
Daily Hampshire Gazette, May 5, 2020 , By GRETA JOCHEM and SCOTT MERZBACH, Staff Writers
Farmers markets in Northampton and Amherst could soon open for the season but with revised rules and regulations that aim to keep customers and vendors safe from being infected by and spreading the novel coronavirus.
Last week, [continue reading]

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