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Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Sep 15 2015
It’s time to focus on tomatoes. First, eating them, in all their juicy, multi-colored glory. Second, preserving them. Here’s an easy method: line a rimmed cookie sheet with one layer of halved tomatoes, skin side down. Add herbs, peeled garlic, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of oil.  Roast at 275 for several hours, until [continue reading]

Alice in Sunderland: The High-Tech Making of This Fall’s Mike’s Maze is a Family Affair

Sep 12 2015
The Recorder, September 4th, 2015, by Tom Relihan

This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for Mike’s Maze features Alice herself, the [continue reading]

Hiring: Farm Store Manager – Atlas Farm

Sep 10 2015
Atlas Farm is an 85-acre, certified organic, vegetable farm located in Deerfield, MA. We grow and market produce year-round through wholesale accounts, farmers’ markets and our own retail farm store. The Farm Store Manager position is a year-round, full-time management position at the farm with the primary responsibility of overseeing activities at our South Deerfield [continue reading]

Hiring: Farm Store Clerk – Atlas Farm

Sep 8 2015
Atlas Farm is an 85-acre, certified organic, vegetable farm located in Deerfield, MA. We grow and market produce year-round through wholesale accounts, farmers’ markets and our own retail farm store. The farm store clerk is a retail position requiring 30-40 hours/week during our main season from April – November with reduced hours available through the [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Zucchini and Summer Squash

Aug 29 2015
On this last Saturday in September, it seems fitting to herald a sometimes-unsung summer vegetable. Sure, zucchini can be prolific and overlarge, but young and fresh from the farm it’s a different creature altogether than the tired winter specimens from far away. I often fry it with onions at high heat until brown, then use [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Juicy Fruits

Aug 22 2015
Peaches, plums, and melons are hard to eat without getting sticky, but no matter—whether you wash off demurely with a washcloth, dump a bucket of water over your head, or go swimming, you’ll be glad for the sweet taste in your mouth and the cooldown that followed. Although I’m a lover of peach tarts and [continue reading]

‘Best Of Mass Ice Cream’ Winners Revealed: Official Results for Western Mass. and Worcester

Aug 18 2015
FD002615 MassLive, August 14th, 2015, by Sarah Platanitis.  The Best Of Mass Ice Cream visits have concluded and the results are in for the Western Mass. and Worcester contests. Read more at http://www.masslive.com/bestofmass/index.ssf/2015/08/official_best_of_mass_ice_cream_results.html [continue reading]

Pioneer Valley Corn Crop Coming in Strong with Hot, Humid Weather

Aug 3 2015
Corn from MS library MassLive, July 19th, 2015, by Mary Serreze.  This season’s sweet corn is running about a week late, but after a somewhat cold and challenging spring, the crop is now looking “very nice,” according to a local wholesale grower. [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Raspberries

Jul 31 2015
AA026337 Soft and luscious raspberries are a perfect item to purchase fresh-picked, not transported hundreds of miles. Find them at farmers’ markets, farmstands, in your CSA share, or from retailers that prioritize local sourcing. Try tossing a bowl of berries with a little balsamic vinegar and maple syrup or other sweetener. Depending on [continue reading]

New Program Offers Bonus for People at Farmers’ Markets with SNAP Benefits

Jul 21 2015
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, July 16th, 2015, by Gena Mangiaratti.
NORTHAMPTON — A new program aims to make fresh local food more available to low-income families inn the Valley.
Farmers’ markets have teamed up with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and Healthy Hampshire to create SNAP & Save [continue reading]

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