The Bounty of Local Food and Farm Products Grows in Western MA!

UPDATE: Read about CISA’s 2011 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide HERE.

CISA’s 2010 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide

Let CISA help your family be a Local Hero by picking up their new 2010 "Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide" and discovering local products, farms, restaurants, retailers, and much more!

Summer is almost here, and the bounty of locally grown produce and agricultural products continues to grow. Western Massachusetts farms are geared up to provide everything from asparagus and alpaca wool to zucchini and zinnias. But where to begin your search for the best that Valley farms have to offer? With the annual Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide, a free full-color publication distributed by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) during the week of May 24th.

This year’s Guide contains more than 60 pages of farm and local agricultural products listings, including 202 farms, 46 restaurants, 28 retailers, eight landscape and garden centers, and 24 other businesses and institutions that make, sell, or serve locally grown goods. Readers will also find a farm product seasonality calendar, a farm and garden locator map, profiles of this year’s Local Hero Award recipients, and information on the growth of the area’s local food system.

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Lunch, Holiday Food & In the Gallery at Elmer’s

Notes from Nan: Lunch!!!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

Wasn’t that fun!

Our first annual Winter Craft Show in a Quaint New England Town went as well as, maybe the combined weather and economy could have allowed. It was a good first-annual, I think and I look forward to doing a second-annual next year.

And the snow came in just in time! I had actually ordered it for Friday, and what I wanted was just a light fluffy bit, not too cold, not too frozen but apparently the order got typed in wrong (I called it in) and when I said I wanted a BLEND of snow and sleet, someone apparently heard that I wanted a WIND of snow and sleet and so they sent up Siberia on Saturday. Sorry about that. By Sunday we got the whole weather thing worked out and it wasn’t nearly as cold, but still pretty.

DID YOU HAVE LUNCH AT ELMER’S?

Because I didn’t cook it I can tell you it was SO GOOD! I kept ordering the grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions and local apples. I also had the gumbo. Whoo it was good!

And so Sunday night we all sat down and said, “You know, we can’t go backwards.” So starting this Saturday, we are going to start serving LUNCH! On Saturdays and Sundays (for now only on those days). I’m not sure exactly what it’s going to be, but here’s what I do know we will offer a soup, a salad and a sandwich. It will be every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 2. We’ll stop serving breakfast at noon and go to lunch then. Our kitchen is so small that (we found out last weekend) trying to continue breakfast into the lunch time is too much stuff in too small a space. So come after church on Sunday! Come after chores on Saturday! Come on over here and eat!

FRIDAY NIGHT MENU (12/07/08):
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