Plus: farmers' markets, asparagus, and Senior FarmShare!
Our Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide is out now!

CISA's annual printed guide to local food and farms, Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide, is out, and we can't wait to share it with you!

The Guide contains details on 435 local farms, restaurants, retailers, specialty producers, dining services, and garden centers, and a lot more.

We'll be dropping copies at grocery stores, libraries, farm stands, and more locations over the next month, so keep your eyes open, or contact our office at 413-665-7100 to get a copy mailed to you!

E. Cecchi Farms, Feeding Hills
Local farms, weather, and climate change

Farming has always been a weather-dependent business -- local farmers make their plans and do their work despite unknowable future conditions, and they are flexible, resilient, and hard-working in the face of weather-related challenges. The most important thing that we, the community that supports local farmers, can do is reflect that flexibility and resilience back at them.

Read CISA's monthly Daily Hampshire Gazette column for more!
Mason Square Senior Center, Springfield
Now accepting applications for Senior FarmShare

Low-income seniors are eligible to receive $125 in fresh, local produce for only $10 through CISA's Senior FarmShare program! Applications are being accepted until June 1, so apply or help us spread the word today!

Find program details and eligibility requirements here.
The Atherton Farm, Buckland
Polka Party for Senior FarmShare

Join CISA and WHMP on Sunday, June 4th for an afternoon of live polka with Dennis Polisky & the Maestro's Men, cold beer, and delicious food to benefit CISA's Senior FarmShare Program!

Find details and tickets here.
Grace Hill Farm at the
Farmers' Market at Forest Park, Springfield
Farmers' markets and asparagus!

It's May, so farmers' markets all around the Valley are opening for the season! Find locations, opening dates, and a lot more in CISA's online database.
Find your farmers' market

It's asparagus season! Get your hands on some super-fresh, super-tender Hadley Grass!
Find local asparagus
Flayvors of Cook Farm, Hadley
Local Hero profile: Flayvors of Cook Farm

The Cook family is passionate about quality and raising healthy, happy cows. "We love making sure our cows are in good health," said Debby Cook. "Not just for the dairy, but for the wellness of our animals and the people interacting with them."

Read all about Flayvors of Cook Farm
Auction items needed
Elizabeth Solaka photo
CISA is looking for unique local or far flung items for the auction at our annual fundraiser, Taste the View. In the past, we've had a week in Maine, gift certificates to local restaurants, handcrafted items, a CSA share, and lots more. If you would like to donate something, please fill out our online donation form or contact Jennifer. (And save the date! Taste the View will be held on Thursday, September 28th at Quonquont Farm.)

Quick Links

Check out our press page for news stories about local farms and local agriculture, along with our weekly interview series on WRSI, monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and more!
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Farm tours, film screenings, workshops, special local meals -- there's always something happening in the Valley!
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Job opportunities, land, equipment.
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