Time to dine out!

Center Square Grill. Photo by Jason Threlfall.
The chefs at Local Hero restaurants look forward to this time of year as much as the rest of us do, and they are having fun in the kitchen this month! Take a break from cooking in this heat and enjoy the best of the season at a Local Hero restaurant -- find them all here.

Read on for some seriously exciting special events happening at Local Hero restaurants in the next couple of weeks!
Tastings and Pairings at Great Falls Harvest

August 28, 5-8pm    
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! Reservations are required.

"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!

Rosie the Riveter Serves You Dinner at Belly of the Beast

September 6, 7-9pm
Join Belly of the Beast in Northampton for a hyper-local meal at the height of harvest, celebrating local women in food with a special multi-course pop-up dinner featuring three local farms with women at the helm. Reservations are required.

Find everything local at the height of the season

Tuesday Market. Photo by Kelly Erwin.
It's August, so this is the time to enjoy super juicy, delicious tomatoes, peaches, corn, and everything else you look forward to all year long! We've got resources to help you find whatever you're looking for and AND ideas on how to cook it.

Job Opening: Program Coordinator

CISA is hiring a part-time, temporary Program Coordinator to plan and implement the Pioneer Valley Grows (PVGrows) Forum, support CISA's Local Hero enrollment process, and plan and implement events related to CISA's 25th anniversary. Review begins August 29th; position open until filled. CISA is an equal opportunity employer.

Find the full job description here.
Help CISA out!

Photo by Elizabeth Solaka.
CISA is seeking volunteers for two upcoming events:
First, we need your help on September 27 and 28th, in support of our harvest celebration and auction, Taste the View. From flower arranging to caterer support, we've got a job for you!
Just a few days later, we are looking for folks to table and talk about CISA at Better Life Whole Foods in Springfield on September 30, during their anniversary party.
Contact Lisabeth to help out.

HIP is growing!

Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) provides an instant rebate, up to a monthly cap, when you buy fruits and vegetables with SNAP/EBT from participating farmers. Many more farmers' markets and farm stands in the Valley and state-wide are processing HIP, and more are coming on board every day!

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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