Local farms need you: donate by the end of the year
Local farms came through to feed our communities during this incredibly challenging yearnow it's time for you to be there for them. Show your commitment to the local farms who sustain you by buying from them and by supporting CISA's work.

Here's how to eat local all winter long
What's in season

These days, you'll find plenty of local squash, sweet potatoes, fresh greens, and root veggies, plus local meat, dairy, sweeteners, and more. We're keeping track of farm stands, farmers' markets, restaurants, and everyone else who is open now, and you can filter the list to find home delivery and curbside pickup options too.

Winter farmers' markets are running!

The landscape looks different for winter markets this year because COVID-19 has reduced indoor space options. Still, you've got lots of great shopping options and we'll keep you up to date!

This weekend (and beyond):

Next weekend (and beyond):
  • Northampton pop-up winter market: Tuesday Market and the Northampton Winter Farmers' Market are partnering for a one-day-only pop-up market from 10am-1pm at the Tuesday Market location behind Thornes Marketplace on Saturday, December 19th.
  • The Holyoke Winter Farmers' Market is opening for the season on Saturday, December 19th! It will run from 11am-2pm on the first and third Saturday of each month in the War Memorial building at 310 Appleton Street.

Beyond beyond:
  • Turners Falls pop-up winter market: starting January 30th, Atlas Farm and the Franklin Area Survival Center are partnering for a pop-up on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm, held at 96th Fourth Street.

SNAP/EBT and HIP are welcome at every markettell your friends! Find more details on HIP here.

Make it a local holiday season
Thinking local for your gifts, holiday decorations, and special meals is a great way to support the local farmers and artisans who are producing all sorts of tantalizing, delicious, cozy, and beautiful items for your loved ones and for your own table.

CISA's Gift Bag of Local Goodies

Or, let us take care of gifting for you! Order a CISA gift bag for your friends and family, neighbors and colleagues, or yourself. A tote bag with a design by local artist Arielle Jessop, filled with locally grown and made treatsorder by December 13th for pickup on December 19th at locations around the Valley.

Find your locally grown Christmas tree

Planning to put up a Christmas tree, wreath, or other holiday greenery? Support a local farm when you do!

Local Hero profile: The Atherton Farm
Sue started The Atherton Farm in 2003, having grown up on the once dairy farm. Today Sue has expanded from selling produce from her picnic table, with a farm stand in the farm's old dairy barn and two new greenhouses. These days, Sue is thinking about the future of the farm and is making plans to pass the farm on to others who will continue the legacy of young farmers learning through doing. As the holidays approach you can find a wide variety of custom-made fir decorations and a limited amount of Christmas trees at the stand, so be sure to stop in!

Behind the scenes at local farms
CISA's weekly Valley Bounty column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette focuses on what's happening behind the scenes right now at local farms. Recent columns include: news of an upcoming transition at Winter Moon Roots and learning about where Christmas trees come from at Cranston's Christmas Tree Farm. Read Valley Bounty!

WRSI's Local Hero Spotlight interviews feature a local farm or business each week. Recent interviews include: impressive adaptations at Jake's in response to the pandemic, and Christmas trees and maple syruptwo joy-bringersat Boyden Brothers Maple. Listen to WRSI's Local Hero Spotlight!
UMass Value-Added Survey

A Chance to Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Simple Gifts or Atlas Farm

Would you be willing to help?

Please take this survey. It should take about 15 minutes. Each person who takes the survey before December 31, 2020 will be given a choice to enter a drawing for one of four $25 gift certificates to Simple Gifts or Atlas Farm.
The survey is for research purposes only. You will not be asked to purchase anything. Your answers will be anonymous and held in confidence, and will never be associated with your name, email address, or any other identifying personal information.
Once you have completed the survey, you have the option to follow a link to a separate form, where you may submit your contact information to be entered into a random drawing to win one of four $25 gift certificates to Simple Gifts or Atlas Farm. Contact information that you enter in this section will not be linked to your survey responses. If you are selected to receive a gift certificate, you will be asked to sign a receipt upon collection. The drawing for gift certificates will be held January 15th.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fitzsimmons at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Department of Resource Economics, jfitzsim@resecon.umass.edu.
Meet our sponsors!
We'd like to thank some of the sponsors that make CISA's work possible.

Over the past five years, bankESB has donated over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of organizations, including CISA. “Our charitable giving is centered around bringing people together and enriching lives. And one of the things that makes life so rich throughout the Pioneer Valley are our local farms. We’re proud to help support local farms and restaurants, and to ensure that their products remain available to all,” says Dena M. Hall, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer.

Greenfield Savings Bank

“We are committed to offering exceptional service to our customers,” said Tara Brewster, Greenfield Savings Bank’s VP of Business Development. “This year, during the pandemic, we have focused all of our efforts on helping our customers and supporting the local non-profits that are working to help people.”

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union

“We pride ourselves in being a part of the community and working to make it a better place by supporting programs and organizations that are important to our members,” Cait Murray, UMassFive’s Community Outreach Manager explains. “Our local farms are such an amazing aspect of our community and we love that many local farms participate in the HIP program. We are committed to ensuring that farms continue getting the support they need in order to thrive."

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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