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Harvest season continues! The cooler temps mean that roadside stands and farmers' markets are filling up with squash, apples, spinach, and other fall treats, and kitchens are filling up with stews, crisps, and roasts.
Don't forget that we have tons of resources to help you fill your larder with the local harvest. Click over to our online farm database to search by product, town, business name, or business type. Find us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. And we're constantly updating our website with recipes, events, and more.

A few insider tips:
This has been a banner year for apples! Applesauce, pies, or crunching on the go -- find apple growers here.

And believe it or not, this is the time to reserve your local turkey for Thanksgiving. Find yours here.

Decorate local! Our online guide can help you festoon your home with locally grown pumpkins, mums, cornstalks, and more!


The CISA staff
Clarkdale Cider Run: gorgeous, hilly race to benefit CISA!
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Clarkdale Fruit Farms on November 15th with a 12K road race to support CISA. The race will be on a beautiful loop course on Upper & Lower Roads in Deerfield & Greenfield. T-shirts guaranteed for the first 100 entrants, so sign up now, and help us spread the word on Facebook!

Goodies donated by Big E's Supermarket
Photo by Frank Talarico
A basket of thanks for a fabulous Taste the View
Many thanks from CISA to all who made our fall harvest dinner and fundraising event such a success. A special shout out to everyone who contributed flowers, beverages, or auction items. Thanks to Squash, Inc. and The Lone Wolf of Amherst for sourcing and serving a great local meal, Don Raucher for serving as our auctioneer, and all of our wonderful volunteers. The generosity of all who participated helps us continue in our mission to build a resilient agricultural economy. 
CISA Community Membership = wins all around!
Join CISA's Community Membership program to support CISA and gain access to great offers from Local Hero businesses! Here are the current offers -- click here to join! 
  1. Greens, ginger, and more
    October through December, Old Friends Farm is offering 10% off at the Farmers' Markets on Saturdays in Northampton and Amherst. Show your Community Membership card to stock up on their fresh ginger, which freezes really well and is a great seasoning for your winter soups and stir-fries!
  2. Discounted membership to All Things Local
    Through November 31st, CISA Community Members receive a discounted membership to All Things Local in Amherst. Join in-store for $35, discounted from the regular fee of $50.
CISA and River Valley Co-op team up
CISA is River Valley Co-op's Green Stamp designee for the month of October. Shoppers receive a green stamp on a card every time they use a reusable shopping bag or ride a bike to the store. Shop at River Valley Co-op in October and help further our mission to build the local food economy!

Visit our press room for recent news stories, including CISA's segment on Mass Appeal with a broccoli-apple salad recipe, a sweet profile of the family behind Mountain View Farm in Easthampton, and details about West County Cider's new tasting room.

You can also listen to our weekly radio interview series on WRSI with Local Hero businesses. Featured this month: Sentinel Farm, Stockbridge Herb Farm, and Rockridge Retirement Community.
The Apple Place
Local Hero profile: The Apple Place
Cindy Bellerose, a Johnson and Wales grad who left the restaurant game to take over the family orchard, has big plans for her farm in East Longmeadow. In addition to the orchard, bakery, and ice cream shop, she hopes to do even more to integrate her culinary training, although growing fruit and baking for the stand keeps her busy!  "The Apple Place provides an old-timey family destination where people can go that's peaceful," she says. Read more!

The Harvest Aid at Harvest Farm
Local Hero profile: Harvest Farm
On this 160+ acre in Whately, decades of experience and a unique eye for innovation are both keys to success. See, for example, the Harvest Aid, Gary Gemme's double-decker platform truck and mobile vegetable packing platform. "I like being the best at what I do and I always like a challenge," says Gary. Read all about it!
Food Day is coming!
On October 24th, communities all over the country will celebrate Food Day, gathering around food and pushing for change to our food system. Details about local events can be found here.

Officials visit Tuesday Market to learn about food access work
This past week, Northampton's Tuesday Market hosted a group of state and elected officials to highlight partnerships working to address food access issues, including CISA's SNAP & Save program, which is matching SNAP/Food Stamp spending at participating farmers' markets this summer, and our Senior FarmShare Program, which provided 400 low-income seniors with access to local produce this summer. Read about the farmers' market visit here.
CISA's events page is absolutely packed with farm tours, field days, festivals, and more! Here are a few highlights:  

Just Roots Farm Festival
Sunday, October 11, 2-6pm
Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield
Experience the magic of the fall with demonstrations, workshops, vendors, community potluck, live music, and fun for all ages! Find more details and a full schedule here.

Forum on Avian Flu for backyard poultry owners
Tuesday, October 13, 6pm
MDAR Conference Room, 101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst
Avian Flu is likely to spread to the Northeast this fall. It isn't harmful to humans, but it is devastating to poultry flocks, and it could have a significant impact on local farms. Backyard poultry owners are encouraged to attend this forum to learn how to protect your flock and what to do if you see signs of infection. Find more details about the foum here, or RSVP now to Julia Grimaldi at 617-626-1763. Find more information on how to protect your flock here, and FAQs on Avian Flu here.

Fiber Festival of New England
November 7th-8th
Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield
More than 150 New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels, and more. For more information, click here.

Franklin County CiderDays
November 7th-8th
Various locations around Franklin County
CiderDays is a community event celebrating all things apples in Franklin County, Massachusetts, featuring two days of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops, and much more. Find a full schedule and tickets here.

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