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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]

Volunteers needed: Pioneer Valley farmers’ markets

May 6 2020
Farmers’ markets in the Pioneer Valley need your help! Farmers’ markets are working diligently with local officials and agencies to keep everyone safe as they plan for their seasons. They are looking for volunteers to help guide customers through the changes so that our communities can continue to access the freshest options for local food [continue reading]

CISA raising money to support local farms during pandemic

Apr 4 2020
WWWLP, by: Nick Aresco  Posted: Mar 30, 2020
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A non-profit is raising money to help local farms stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
While businesses are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, so are farmers. An organization hopes to help alleviate some of the stress. The non-profit, [continue reading]

New Sunderland Farm Collaborative ‘a lifeline’ for residents

Apr 2 2020
The Greenfield Recorder, By MARY BYRNE, Staff Writer, April 2, 2020

SUNDERLAND — Local farmers have teamed up to offer contact-less home delivery to customers seeking local produce without leaving their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The newly formed Sunderland Farm Collaborative — which brings together Kitchen Garden Farm, Riverland [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Plant Starts

Mar 30 2020
It feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a grinding halt. But nature is oblivious to national emergencies.
Nowhere is that more apparent than on farms across the Valley.
Julia Lemieux, who owns Windy Ridge Farm in Hawley, started seeding plants in mid-February. Her farm’s main product is plant starts, [continue reading]

WRSI: The Take Out Menu

Mar 27 2020
WRSI – 93.9 The River in conjunction with local chambers of commerce has put together “The Take Out Menu” an continually updated list of what places are still offering food, beverages, and meals either for delivery or pick-up. Check it out and help support local food businesses if you can: https://wrsi.com/2020/03/23/the-take-out-your-guide-to-food-to-get-you-through-the-coronavirus/ [continue reading]

Coronavirus in Massachusetts: Maple producers, sugar shacks were having successful year before COVID-19

Mar 22 2020
By Heather Adams | Hadams@masslive.com Maple producers got an early start this year, with trees being tapped in January.
“As far as maple production, Mother Nature is on our side,” said Missy Leab, the third generation of the Leab family to work the Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, a [continue reading]

River Valley Co-op offering Curbside Pickup

Mar 21 2020
missing imageRiver Valley Co-op offering Curbside Pickup River Valley Co-op is now offering Curb-side Pick-up for anyone in the community. Check out their website for details about it: http://rivervalley.coop/main-nav/shop/curbside-pickup .
Their current hours are 10am-7pm daily. They are also offering reserved shopping time 9am–10am for community members with compromised immune systems.
To [continue reading]

Farmers are Delivering Food to You

Mar 20 2020

Farmers are Delivering Food to You With farmers markets closed, you can still get produce from local farmers through https://massfooddelivery.com/ . A group of local farmers have teamed up to process orders and deliver directly to you. Check out their website and consider placing and order or two. [continue reading]

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