February is for lovers ... of local food and farms!
Auntie Cathie's Kitchen,
 photo by Jason Threlfall
Yes, today is Valentine's Day! If you're going out to celebrate, why not choose a restaurant that shows local farms a little love?
These cold, snowy days are beloved by knitters and other crafty types, and our farmers produce some of the most gorgeous yarn, batting, and fleeces around.

Curious about local fiber? Read all about it here.
Maple sugaring season is the very earliest sign of spring, and it's almost here! By the end of the month, sugar shacks will be opening their doors so you can see sap boil and enjoy syrup-soaked pancakes at rustic, seasonal restaurants. Who doesn't love that?

For updates and special maple events, stay tuned to our Facebook page and events page!
Amherst Winter Farmers Market,
photo by Elizabeth Solaka
Winter markets still going strong

Winter farmers' markets provide friendly respite from the cold and dark, and more local food and artisan goods than we can name! Our most recent column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette focuses on everything the markets have to offer, for shoppers and farmers alike.

Read the full article.
Next Barn Over Farm,
photo by Jason Threlfall
Sign up for your summer farm share now

This is the time of year to sign up to get super fresh veggies and more all summer long! We've got details on vegetable CSAs, plus farms offering meat, herb, fruit, mushroom, and plant CSAs.

Find your farm now.
Community Membership Corner

Heads up, CISA Community Members! We've got some exciting new membership benefits for you:
  • North Hadley Market and Sugar Shack is offering 10% off any in-store purchase through March 31st!
  • Little Brook Farm Camp in Sunderland is offering a discount of $20 off per child per week of their February and April Farm Camps!
  • Happy Valley in Northampton is offering 10% off most items in their store!
  • And, as always, Cup and Top Cafe in Florence offers 10% off your order!

Find details about all these offers here.   

Become a CISA Community Member now! 

Photo by Frank Talarico
Save the date for CISA's Annual Meeting!

March 30, 2017
6-8:30pm at the Holyoke Senior Center
More details coming soon!
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Williams at 413-665-7100, ext. 10.
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!
Go to press page

Farm tours, film screenings, workshops, special local meals -- there's always something happening in the Valley!
Go to events listing

Job opportunities, land, equipment.
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