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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: [continue reading]

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

Mar 22 2020
By Heather Adams | 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: .
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 . 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]

Fired up for the sugaring season

Mar 5 2020
Fired up for the sugaring season
By CHRIS GOUDREAU, Staff Writer, The Recorder, March 4, 2020

The sweet aroma of fresh maple syrup wafted through the air inside the North Hadley Sugar Shack last weekend as white smoke filled the room during a recent maple syrup boil. [continue reading]

Western Mass maple syrup season has started early with mild weather

Feb 29 2020
missing imageSap has started to run with this mild weather we’ve been having here in the Valley, which means its maple syrup time again!   To find a maple sugar house near you and other maple related information, check out the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association website: [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Wool

Jan 21 2020
Cold and snow have blanketed the Valley. But locally-produced fiber can keep you warm during these wintery weeks. “Wool has innate properties for shedding water because of the structure of the fiber,” Suzanne Webber explained during a recent conversation. “So wool stays warm even when it’s wet.” Webber and Al Miller raised sheep at Brook’s [continue reading]

Fermented (and more!) Food Fair | Brattleboro | January 18

Jan 16 2020
Fermented (and more!) Food Fair Saturday, January 18, 11am-3pm
Strolling of the Heifers, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Facebook event details:
Winter is the time to appreciate all the ways we preserve food. From kombucha to kimchi, salsa to sriracha, pickles to preserves [continue reading]

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