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Quabbin Harvest Co-op Continues Effort to Build Low-Cost, Local Food Oasis

May 30 2016
qubbin harvest The Recorder, May 30th, by Chris Curtis
The Quabbin Harvest cooperative market experiment continues, with more than a quarter of a million dollars in sales in its first full calendar year downtown.
The co-op opened in its new storefront at 12 North Main St. in October of 2014, after a few [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Scallions

May 28 2016
scallionsSadly, the humble scallion often does not get its due.  Stalwart garnish for stir-fries and Tex-Mex dishes alike, our most common applications for this trusty springtime allium tend to be dishes where strong spices and heavy salting overshadow the green onion’s somewhat understated flavor. This is the perfect time of year to find scallions at [continue reading]

Grinspoon Awards Grants to Franklin County Farmers

May 27 2016
Local Farmer Awards Big Y Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation
The Recorder, May 27th, 2016, by Richie Davis

Seventeen Franklin County farms are among the 47 winners of $2,500 each in Local Farmer Awards presented by Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires.
G ideon Porth of Atlas Farm in Deerfield plans [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Rhubarb

May 21 2016
rhubarbDespite living in New England for almost my entire life, my whole knowledge of rhubarb, up until recently, consisted in knowing that it is preceded by “strawberry” and followed by “pie”. The incredible color and smell of the fresh rhubarb stalks at my neighborhood farmers’ market left me discontented with my ignorance, and so I [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Windowsill Herbs

May 14 2016
windowside herbsWhen the weather starts to warm up and the end of a winter filled with stews and root vegetables is finally in sight, I find myself wanting to fill my food with fresh spring herbs like dill, basil, and cilantro. Though we live on some of the best soil for farming in the country, there [continue reading]

Pasture Day Welcomes Visitors to Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley

May 6 2016
MassLive, May 6th, 2016, by Elizabeth LaFond-Coppez.  The next time you enjoy a glass of fresh milk or allow a bite of sharp cheddar cheese to complement your full bodied, red wine, give a toast to dairy cows and their farmers, near and far…  To continue reading… [continue reading]

Vendor Opportunity: WGBY Asparagus Festival

May 2 2016
WGBY is planning to celebrate all things local and agricultural through the lens of a local crop at the 2016 WGBY Asparagus Festival.
The festivities will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 10:00-4:00 on the south side of the historic Hadley Town Common.
We want to give you –Farmers, Value added [continue reading]

Local Hero Profile: Sixteen Acres Garden Center

Apr 13 2016
IMG_0125 By Aja Lippincott, Program Associate
Published in CISA’s April 2016 Enews – Sign Up Here !
It’s a family affair at Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield. Fifty-three years ago, after receiving his degree in horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, John Bordenuk founded his new [continue reading]

Savoring the Seasons: What’s the Economic Impact of Buying Local Food?

Apr 12 2016
Source: Ujamma Collective The Recorder, April 12th, 2016, by Mary McClintock.
Source: Ujamma Collective
Every day, I have a choice of what I eat, where it comes from, where I buy it.
I eat locally grown food for many reasons … including that it tastes great, I often know who grew it, I [continue reading]

Local nonprofit to take over Northampton’s popular Tuesday Market

Apr 12 2016
Farmers Market MassLive, April 12th, 2016, by Laura Newberry.
  Downtown Northampton’s popular Tuesday Market will be run by a new entity starting April 26 — but those perusing local produce and artisanal goods likely won’t see a difference. Want to find out more about this change? Check out the full article on [continue reading]

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