Dine out at a Local Hero restaurant tonight!

Small Oven Bakery, Elizabeth Solaka photo
In August, just about everything is is season and Local Hero chefs are having a blast with the harvest in their kitchens. This is the perfect moment to try a new place or visit a favorite spot and see what they've got cooking!

Find Local Hero restaurants here.
Meet Local Hero chefs and restaurateurs

Video profile of The People's Pint and Foxbard Farm
We've talked to dozens of Local Hero chefs and restaurant owners to learn what makes them unique, and what gets them excited about working with local farms. Hop over to our website for profiles, interviews, and a short video featuring the culinary stars of our region!

Don't miss out on these special restaurant events!

Tastings and Pairings at Great Falls Harvest
August 28, 5-8pm -- that's tonight!
Join Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls for a casual evening of local food tastings paired with local beverages while mingling with the farmers who grew the food on your plate! Come on by!

Details here.
"Staff Meal" at Bistro Les Gras
September 3, 6-8pm
In the spirit of a "Staff Meal," Chef Peter will be serving a wonderful meal dedicated to all those fantastic kitchen scraps and bits that you may be throwing out. This fantastic dinner will be full of conversation and delicious eats, and reservations are required! Only a few seats left!

Tickets now available for CISA's Taste the View

Elizabeth Solaka photo
Join us on Thursday, September 28th from 6-9pm at beautiful Quonquont Farm in Whately for Taste the View, CISA's annual fundraising event. We will celebrate the diversity and bounty of local food with a wide variety of small plates and featured dishes made almost entirely with ingredients from Local Hero farms. Catering provided by Chef Dino Giordano and Smith College Dining Services.

Details and tickets here.

Why do you buy local?

Amherst Farmers' Market,
Elizabeth Solaka photo
"CISA has been beating the drum for local agriculture for nearly 25 years and during that time interest in local food has skyrocketed, both locally and as part of a national trend. By now, the average person would probably say that they believe that it's important to buy locally. But ... why? What I mean is: Why does it matter to you?"

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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