July = high summer!
It's EVERYTHING season!

Amherst Farmers' Market, Elizabeth Solaka photo
July means: pick-your-own blueberries! Fresh corn and tomatoes and cucumbers! The very first tart apples! Burgers on the grill! Smoothies and ice cream! Get out there and enjoy the high-season harvest.

Find everything local in CISA's local food and farm database!

Get inspired by our weekly Valley Bounty column.
Safe Communities Act

On June 28th, CISA submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security in support of the Safe Communities Act (Senate Bill Number 1305, House Bill Number 3269). Our support for the Safe Communities Act rests on the importance of foreign-born workers in agriculture among other sectors of our local food economy, including restaurants, specialty producers, distributors, and wholesalers.

Read CISA's full testimony here.

Robinson Farm, Hardwick
Massachusetts dairies matter

Massachusetts dairies are vital to agriculture in the Commonwealth and they produce millions of gallons of milk per year -- but many of them fight to stay afloat within a federal pricing structure that disadvantages the Northeast. Our monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette explains.

Double your SNAP dollars with HIP!

HIP (Healthy Incentives Program) is a state-wide initiative that provides an instant rebate, up to a monthly cap, when you buy fruits and vegetables with SNAP/EBT at participating farmers' markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs.

Help us spread the word about HIP!

Farmers' markets throughout the Pioneer Valley need volunteers to help farmers and customers maximize the HIP benefit. If you'd like to help, please contact Mia Kortebein for more information or to sign up for an hour-long orientation in early August.

Taste the View, Elizabeth Solaka photo
Save the Date - Taste the View is September 28!

Taste the View: A local harvest celebration and auction to benefit CISA, featuring farm fresh food, local beer and wine, and you!
Thursday, September 28, 6pm
Quonquont Farm, Whately

Join us in celebrating the bounty of local food with a wide variety of small plates made with ingredients from Local Hero farms. Catering will be provided by Chef Andy Cox, head of Dining Services at Smith College. The event features great food, good company, and a tempting array of auction items. More details to come!

Simple Gifts Farm
Local Hero Profile: Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts Farm, a long-time fixture at the Amherst Farmer' Market and on the CSA scene, is shaking it up! With a bittersweet goodbye to farmers' markets, they're looking forward to opening a brand-new tfarm stand (grand opening on Saturday!) and connecting with their local community in new ways.

Read the full profile here
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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