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SNAP recipients can get half-price farm shares through Grow Food Northampton: Crimson & Clover Farm

Apr 5 2016
Source: Crimson & Clover Farm Source: Crimson & Clover Farm
MassLive, April 5th, 2016, by Laura Newberry.  Two local organizations are working to get fresh, locally grown produce into the hands of low-income residents. Crimson and Clover Farm, located on Spring Street in Florence, is preparing for its sixth season of offering half-off farm shares for [continue reading]

Mill Valley Milk Co. in Hadley fulfills passion for small-scale dairy farming

Apr 5 2016
Source:  Gazettenet.comSource:
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 5th, 2016, by Sarah Crosby
HADLEY — Laurie Cuevas of South Deerfield has been a farmer since the day she was born — it’s in her blood. And she had always dreamed about sharing her passion for small-scale dairy farming with the opportunity to [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Shallots

Apr 2 2016
Source: Steve Brown PhotographySource: Steve Brown Photography
A close cousin of the onion, shallots are smaller and milder in flavor. Like garlic, they grow in clusters of bulbs, and can last for months if stored somewhere dry and cool. Their lighter flavor makes them well suited to eating raw; try them minced with balsamic vinegar [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Honey

Mar 26 2016
Source: Puspanita MelakaSource: Puspanita Melaka
Honey can vary significantly in color and flavor based on the flower the bees have been gathering nectar from. Honey from bees feeding on clover, for example, is light and mild, while buckwheat honey is dark with a molasses-like flavor. Wildflower honeys come from a mix of flowers and [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Onions

Feb 27 2016
Source: Mymenutk - AnnieSource: Mymenutk – Annie
Farmers are already seeding onions in greenhouses. They’re a cold-hardy crop, and can go into the ground early, later bringing us green onions, round young spring onions, and long-storing white and red types. It’s these last, of course, that we are still enjoying even as next year’s crop is planted. [continue reading]

Vendor Opportunity: Farm Share Fair 2016

Feb 24 2016
Source: Jessie TriceSource: Jessie Trice
Farm Share Fair 2016 is now accepting vendor and sponsor applications. 
The Farm Share Fair is the Boston area’s direct-to-consumer marketing event for food producers across Massachusetts.  Consumers want to meet their farmers and have the opportunity to compare options. Vendors – get to know your target market [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Carrots

Feb 20 2016
The invention of “baby cut” carrots in 1986 boosted US carrot consumption enormously—and that’s a good thing, all told, for large carrot farmers and for our nutritional intake. But return to giving your carrots a quick scrub at the sink, and you can put your carrot dollars in a local farmer’s pocket, and [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Panna Cotta

Feb 13 2016
Source: CanadianlivingSource: Canadianliving
Panna Cotta is a very simple pudding, made with milk or cream and little bit of gelatin. It’s smooth and delicious and a good base for seasonal embellishment. In February in New England, make it with a healthy dose of maple syrup, and add a festive, red and fruity garnish of sugared [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Sweet Potatoes

Feb 6 2016
Source: Turmericnspice.comSource: Turmericnspice
Sweet potatoes store beautifully, making them a great way to eat more local in the winter. My father calls them “American’s most under-rated vegetable,” and although I disagreed with him as a child, I’ve come around. A couple of sweet potatoes, thrown into the oven while you’re cooking something else, make a [continue reading]

Local Pickle Maker Real Pickles Wins National Award

Jan 24 2016
Source: Real Pickles Source: Real Pickles
The Recorder, January 24th, 2016
Local food maker Real Pickles has won a national award at the Good Food Awards ceremony in San Francisco.
Owners Dan Rosenberg and Addie Rose Holland, who joined about 800 farmers, food artisans, chefs and journalists from around the country in San [continue reading]

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