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Leyden’s Facey nominated for state group’s farm award

Nov 27 2013
LEYDEN — Warren Facey Jr., who has been involved in advocating for agriculture for most of the more than 40 years he’s been farming on Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, has been nominated for an annual award presented by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.
Facey is the Franklin County nominee for the John Ogonowski Award, given to [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, November 23, 2013: Potatoes

Nov 23 2013
How do you like your potatoes? Russet brown, bright purple, rose-tinted, buttery yellow? Big bakers or skinny fingerlings?  No need to choose—enjoy them all! Play matchmaker, selecting the perfect potato for a given dish, or roast them all together. Tired of mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving menu, but can’t risk the wrath of the family [continue reading]

Farm Recipe Pages and Local Food Bloggers

Nov 21 2013
For some people, reading about food is almost as fun as eating. Others are just looking for something to do with a glut of tomatoes. In either case, it’s fun to find recipes, inspiration, and instruction from people right here in our region who care about seasonal eating. Below are some CISA staff favorites. [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, November 9, 2013: Turkey

Nov 10 2013
Fresh local turkeys are a Thanksgiving treat worth seeking out. Buying a local turkey is an opportunity to support humane animal production and, in many cases, a rare chance to eat meat that has never been frozen.Thanks to consumer demand, there are several more farms growing turkeys than there were even two years ago—but many [continue reading]

Video: Farm to Pub

Nov 8 2013
WGBY, October 17, 2013. WGBY’s Connecting Point and CISA visit Four Star Farm and hear from Northampton Brewery and Valley Malt on the farm to pub movement in Western Mass.
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Franklin County Community Development Corp. kitchen in Greenfield key link in local food chain

Nov 4 2013
Daily Hampshire Gazette. November 4, 2013.  By Richie Davis
When Joe Czajkowski delivered a ton of carrots, already peeled and “coin-cut,” to the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center last week from his 99-year-old Hatfield farm, Liz Buxton and her crew got to work.
Next February will be promoted as “carrot month” as [continue reading]

Interview: Williamsburg Market

Oct 21 2013
WRSI, October 21, 2013.  Monty and Phil speak with Angie Duquette from Williamsburg Market about sourcing locally and the market’s convenient location 4 miles from Downtown Northampton.
http://www.buylocalfood.org/upload/news/2013/10.21.13williamsburg%20market.mp3 [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: October 19, 2013: Cabbage

Oct 19 2013
It’s worth slicing open a fresh cabbage for the beauty of the tightly packed, undulating leaves inside. After you admire it, roast the slices with olive oil and salt for a simple and delicious side dish, or make a warm fall coleslaw with apples and onions. Fresh fall cabbage makes great sauerkraut for winter eating, [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, October 12, 2013: Pumpkins

Oct 12 2013
WWhen picking a pumpkin, some people look for the most unusual one: white, or knobby, or flattened, while others search out round orange perfection. If you want to cook your pumpkin, ignore its looks and find one labeled “pie” or “sugar.” To make puree, cut the pumpkin in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp, [continue reading]

Petition Against the Food Safety Modernization Act!

Oct 9 2013
We share a deep commitment to supporting the small and diversified family farms of Western Massachusetts, and to the continued growth of our local food system.  Local agriculture is strong in the Pioneer Valley region – with over 150 farm stands, forty farmers’ markets, and countless restaurants and grocery stores offering local food.   We are [continue reading]

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