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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]

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]

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