Something fun is coming to the winter farmers' markets ...

Don't miss the fun at the markets!

Each winter, CISA partners with the winter farmers' markets in Amherst, Greenfield, Northampton, and Springfield to highlight the bounty of local food available in the deep of winter with special days full of cooking demos, activities for kids, music, and fun!

Join us on these dates (and don't forget, the markets run all winter! Find all their details here):

Simple Gifts Farm at the
Northampton Winter Farmers' Market
Winter Fare at the Northampton Winter Farmers' Market
Saturday, January 14, 9am-2pm (that's tomorrow!!)
Smith Vocational High School

Winter Fare at the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market
Saturday, January 21, 10am-2pm
Amherst Middle School

Winter Fare at the Farmers' Market at Forest Park
Saturday, January 28, 10am-2pm
The Old Monkey House in Forest Park, Springfield

Winter Fare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market
Saturday, February 4, 10am-1pm
Four Rivers School (note location change!)

Find full schedules and details here
SNAP & Save at winter farmers' markets

CISA's SNAP & Save program doubles SNAP (food stamps) up to $10 per week at participating winter farmers' markets! Swipe your EBT card at the market manager's booth, and get double the tokens to spend that day at the market.

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Hunger and local food

How can we make nutritious food more available to everyone in our community without squeezing local farms further or leaving them out of the discussion altogether? We consider this complex question in our most recent guest column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Read the full article
Many Hands Farm Corps
Local Hero enrollment now open

Farmers, restaurateurs, retailers, specialty producers, dining service and garden center reps: sign up now to reap the benefits of membership in CISA's Local Hero campaign!

Full details and online enrollment
Local Hero profile: Barstow's Longview Farm

Barstow's Longview Farm was selected as a Local Hero Awardee for the innovative and forward-thinking approach they've taken as a modern dairy farm, from opening an on-farm dairy store and bakery to building cutting-edge technology into their farm operations.

 Read all about Barstow's Longview Farm
Farmers, look here!

Enrollment in CISA's winter workshop series, "The Crossroads: Mapping Out Your Farm's Future," is now open! This workshop series will support farm owners and operators in decision making for realistic long-term financial, operational, marketing, and personal goals.

Details and enrollment

The Local Farmer Awards, offered by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in partnership with Big Y, are now accepting applications from Local Hero farmers for awards of $2,500 for physical improvements to your farm.

Details and application
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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