Come celebrate the harvest at CISA's Taste the View!

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Join us at beautiful Quonquont Farm on September 23rd for an evening of tasty local (of course!) food, a lively auction to support CISA's work, and conversation with farmers, fellow ag supporters, and CISA staff and board.

Smith College Catering, led by new Director of Dining Services Andy Cox, will be serving up the best of the late summer bounty (here's just a taste: house made duck prosciutto; black bean and sweet potato cakes with homemade maple crème fraîche and chive; and beef sliders with local cheddar, parsnip aioli, and Real Pickles ...). You'll also find beer from Fort Hill Brewery and Northampton Brewery, cider from Headwater Cider, and wine from Amherst Farm Winery, Mount Warner Vineyard, Provisions, Mineral Hills Winery, and others.

The silent and live auctions are packed with items you won't want to miss: dinner for four at The Alvah Stone with Congressman McGovern, a CSA share at Intervale Farm in Westhampton, tickets to see Arlo Guthrie at The Academy of Music, and a scenic flight out of the Northampton airport, just to name a few.

Come eat, bid, and be merry! Tickets are available now.
What a great time of year! Early fall means that all the summer crops (like corn, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil) are all still in season, and we're starting to see portents of fall (like potatoes, winter squash, and apples) too! Click here to find our online guide, where you can search for specific crops, farmers' markets, farm stands, retailers and restaurants that buy local food, pick your own farms, you name it!

If you're looking for cooking inspiration, check out our Valley Bounty column, which runs weekly in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. We recently featured cucumbers, watermelon, and tomatoes.
Visit our press room for recent news stories, including coverage of multiple grants CISA recently received from the USDA, Ciesluk Farm's interesting approach to humanely dealing with birds, and some thoughts on the current state of the local dairy industry.

You can also listen to our weekly radio interview series on WRSI with Local Hero businesses. Featured this month: Ashley Arthur of the Five Eyed Fox in Turners Falls, Bart Niswonger and Eliza Lake of Kinne Brook Farm in Worthington, and Maria Topitzer of Lyonsville Farm in Colrain.

Local Hero Profile: J&J Farm
"We're a century farm," says Joe Waskiewicz of J & J Farms in Amherst. Selling a mix of vegetables and dairy, the Waskiewicz family have been feeding the Valley for well over a hundred years. And with a new generation poised to take the reins, their future looks bright as well. Read the full profile here!

Rep. McGovern tours Pioneer Valley farms
Rep. Jim McGovern, along with a number of representatives from the USDA, the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, and other agricultural groups and agencies toured several Pioneer Valley farms last week. Farmers shared challenges they're facing, showed off new facilities and equipment, and discussed the impact of federal, state, and local agricultural support programs. McGovern, a member of the House Agricultural Committee, said the tours will help enormously in the process to reauthorize the federal farm bill, which will begin next year. The group also visited CISA, where they heard about programs aimed at supporting local farms. You can read more about the tours here
CISA's events page is constantly updated with farm tours, field days, festivals, and more! Here are a few upcoming highlights:

Chicken and Waffles Dinner
Friday, September 16, 6pm to 9pm
Bread and Butter, 68 Cowles Road, Amherst
Come enjoy buttermilk fried chicken paired with traditional Liege-style waffles, plus many traditional southern sides and a special selection of beers from Lefty's Brewing Company! Call Bread & Butter at (413) 230-3123 to make a reservation, and find them online here.

The Kitchen Garden presents Chilifest!
Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, Sept 18
Mike's Maze, 23 Main Street, Sunderland
The Kitchen Garden's annual Chilifest is a weekend-long celebration of all things spicy: hot pepper tasting, a great lineup of bands, fabulous food, and local-ingredient beers. Chili cook-off on Saturday and hot sauce competition on Sunday. For information and event schedule, visit their website.

18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25
60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange
There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage. Kindness, community, and inspiration are always in style at this popular destination that attracts lovers of art and alliums from throughout New England. For more info, visit the festival's website.

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