CISA’s 2012 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide
“The Guide will help everyone find great food and farm products whether you live in the Valley or are visiting it,” says Philip Korman, CISA’s Executive Director. “Buying more local farm products is a great way to have a positive impact on the local economy, the environment and our community, while providing good food for your family. And best of all, it is easier than ever before, with more farms, restaurants and farmers’ markets — including winter markets — bringing the best of the harvest to our community throughout the year.”
Released this week, CISA’s 2012 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide provides a wealth of information and inspiration to families in Western MA eager to buy local farm products, eat local food and support local farms in the Pioneer Valley. The Guide is full of resources to help everyone find local food and farm products and help our communities scale up the local food system.
CISA’s Guide grows bigger every year as the availability of local food grows and the demand continues to skyrocket. This year the Guide includes a new agritourism section with delicious itineraries for farm, festival and restaurant visits in every season.
An online version of the Guide, available at 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 Guide can also be found in the produce sections of several local retailers, including Atkins Farms, 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, and Whole Foods Market. In addition, copies will be available at Chambers of Commerce and distributed outside the region by farmers.
CISA is a nationally recognized organization of farmers, community members and advocates working together to strengthen local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community. Founded in 1993, CISA runs a number of innovative programs, including Senior FarmShare and the Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at www.buylocalfood.org or call 413-665-7100.
Carrie Saldo of Connecting Point features CISA Farmers’ Markets on WGBY in a recent interview:
Connecting Point writes, “Over the last 5 years, the number of farmers’ markets in the region doubled, and 49 markets now offer locally grown food in all seasons of the year! The array and display of goods is bountiful with items from maple syrup and honey to meat, flowers, vegetables and fruit. Producer Dave Fraser, along with Phil Korman, Executive Director at CISA, spent the day with the folks at the Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland as they prepared for the Springfield Farmers Market.”