Find the best fruit pickin’ in Western Mass for 2009!

2009 Guide for Families to Discover
Locally Grown Farm Products in Western Massachusetts
By CISA

Summer’s here and so is the 2009 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide, a free publication distributed by CISA during the week of June 22nd, 2009. Valley farms provide everything from asparagus and alpaca wool to zucchini and zinnias, so there’s never been a better time to buy locally grown products. The Guide features information on 181 farms, 40 restaurants, 30 retailers, 7 landscape and gardening centers, 11 institutions, and 5 specialty producers involved in the Local Hero program, as well as recipes, seasonal eating tips and information on how you can support local agriculture beyond eating locally grown fruits and vegetables.

An online version of the Guide is always available at www.buylocalfood.org and lets users search by product and location. It provides comprehensive lists of Local Hero farms, restaurants, grocery stores, and more–along with a continuously updated report of what’s ripe and where to find it.

Support local economies and sustainablility – buy locally grown farm products!

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  1. June 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Get Ready to Buy Local
    with the 2009 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 18, 2009
    Contact: Pamela Barnes, Director of Development/CISA, 413-665-7100, ext. 11

    Get Ready to Buy Local
    with the 2009 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide!

    Summer’s here, Valley farms are gearing up to provide everything from asparagus and alpaca wool to zucchini and zinnias, and there’s never been a better time to buy locally grown products. But where to begin? With the 13th annual Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide, a free full-color publication distributed by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) during the week of June 22nd.

    This year’s Guide contains 56 pages of farm and local agricultural products listings, including 181 farms, 40 restaurants, 30 retailers, seven landscape and garden centers, and two dozen other businesses and institutions that make, sell, or serve locally grown goods.

    Readers will also find a farm product availability calendar, recipes, tips on storing and eating locally year round, and profiles of this year’s three Local Hero Award recipients.

    “CISA is delighted to provide this resource to the community” says Philip Korman, Executive Director. “The Guide is a helpful tool for strengthening the local economy. By using the Guide to buy, eat, store and use locally-grown food and farm products year-round, we are supporting the featured farmers and their businesses.”

    During the week of June 22nd the Guide will be distributed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Recorder, and in portions of HampdenCounty through the Springfield Republican. The Guide can also be found in the produce sections of several local retailers, including Atkins Farms Country Market, Big E’s Super Market, select Big Y stores, Cornucopia Foods, Foster’s Super Market, Green Fields Market, McCusker’s Market and Deli, Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse, River Valley Market, State Street Fruit Store, select Stop & Shop stores, and Whole Foods Market.
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    The online version of the Guide at http://www.buylocalfood.org lets users search by product and location. It provides comprehensive lists of Local Hero farms, restaurants, grocery stores, and more-along with a continuously updated report of what’s ripe and where to find it.

    The 2009 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide is a service of CISA with support from Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation & Development Area, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and the US Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. The Guide is also supported by the area businesses and organizations through paid advertising. Please patronize our advertisers.

    CISA is a nationally recognized organization comprised of farmers, consumers, and professionals working together to strengthen local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community. Founded in 1993, CISA is the creator of numerous innovative programs, including Senior FarmShare, Workplace CSA distributions, the Pioneer Valley Women in Agriculture Network, and the “Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown™” public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at http://www.buylocalfood.org or call the South Deerfield office at 413-665-7100.

    CISA is a nationally recognized community organization comprised of farmers, consumers, and professionals working together to strengthen local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community. Celebrating its 15th year in operation, CISA is the creator of numerous innovative programs, including Senior FarmShare, Farm2City, the Pioneer Valley Women in Agriculture Network, and the “Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown®” public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at http://www.buylocalfood.org or call 413-665-7100.


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