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Conway community steps up to rebuild fire-damaged sugarhouse

Mar 23 2015
CONWAY — When a “packed to the rafters” wood storage area at Boyden Bros. Sugarhouse caught fire Sunday, owner Howard Boyden was sure his maple business was about to go up in smoke.
“If we lost the sugarhouse, it would have put me out of business,” Boyden said. “There’s over $200,000 in there. It’s [continue reading]

Fire can’t stop Boyden Sugarhouse

Mar 22 2015
Published by under Conway, Farmstands and Markets
CONWAY — An errant spark burned but did not break Boyden Brothers Sugarhouse on Sunday afternoon, after a quick reaction from owner Howard Boyden and the Conway Fire Department.
Fire Chief Robert Baker said when firefighters arrived at the sugarhouse Sunday afternoon, the back section of the building was fully engulfed in flames and [continue reading]

Hiring: Wholesale Business Manager at Warner Farm

Mar 21 2015
Farm Description: Warner Farm is a 10 th generation diversified small fruit and vegetable farm located in Sunderland, Ma. We grow over 150 acres of both IPM (125 ac.) and certified organic (25 ac.) crops for wholesale throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as operate a 300-member CSA and attend farmers markets in Eastern [continue reading]

Local Hero Profile: Falls Brook Farm

Mar 18 2015
Falls Brook Farm Sheep 2 By Hope Rhoades, CISA Intern
Published in CISA’s March 2015 Enewsletter- Sign up here!
“I just love them so much,” says Eileen Gates, sipping her coffee and smiling towards the barn, which houses six goats, 35 chickens, and two guinea hens. “They’re my babies.” [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Maple

Mar 17 2015
  Margaret Christie of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).

One of the delights of local eating is the return of seasonal foods, like much-missed friends greeted joyfully after a long journey away. Despite the year-round availability of local syrup, the short stretch of cold nights and [continue reading]

Local Hero Profile: Falls Brook Farm

Mar 11 2015
Falls Brook Farm Sheep 2 By Hope Rhoades, CISA Intern
Published in CISA’s March 2015 Enewsletter- Sign up here!
“I just love them so much,” says Eileen Gates, sipping her coffee and smiling towards the barn, which houses six goats, 35 chickens, and two guinea hens. “They’re my babies.” [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Potatoes

Mar 7 2015
By Margaret Christie of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).
Potatoes are a winter staple. Luckily, they come in a rainbow of colors and can be spiced and prepared in countless ways, with varying flavors, textures, and appearance. I could eat crispy roasted potatoes with garlic and onions every day, but in [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Feb 3 2015
Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal to share with friends. Using cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Savory Tarts

Jan 22 2015
At a New Year’s Brunch, I enjoyed a spread of tarts featuring winter staple vegetables. We had an egg, nut, and butternut squash tart, one filled with squash and caramelized onion, and one featuring roasted parsnips and apples, plus a crustless potato, beet and cheese tart.  Making your own tart crust is simple, but you [continue reading]

Amid grief after beloved grocer’s death, Serio’s owner hires daughter as new general manager

Jan 12 2015
When Christina Cavallari died at age 57 in May, her husband, Gary Golec, knew the family business would carry on because his wife would have wanted that.
He just wasn’t sure how.
Over more than two decades toiling together at Serio’s Market, Cavallari and Golec worked long hours, regularly logging upwards of 55 [continue reading]

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