It's the height of the season! Don't miss it.
The ultimate socially-distant, delicious way to spend a fall day outside! Find pick-your-own apple orchards here.

Farmers' markets and farm stands are open and bursting with produce and more, and restaurants and other local businesses are making constant changes in response to the pandemic. We're keeping on top of it all with the "Open this week" function on our online guide to food and farms! Filter the list for curbside pickup, home delivery, and other coronavirus-specific purchasing options. Find local food!
Talking meat with Jake Levin, the Roving Butcher
Jake Levin, a Berkshire-based butcher and the author of Smokehouse Handbook, shares how to get started with smoking meat at home, his favorite dishes to prepare, and how thoughtfully sourcing meat contributes to a better food system. Watch now.
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 at local farms. Recent columns include: alternative food crops at Foxtrot Herb Farm, beneficial insects at Stony Hill Farm, and sustainable meat production at Sweet Morning Farm. Read Valley Bounty!

WRSI's Local Hero Spotlight interviews feature a local farm or business each week. Recent interviews include: cider donuts at Pine Hill Orchards, COVID-19 adaptations at Holyoke Hummus Company, and taking over a long-standing business at the Williamsburg Market. Listen to WRSI's Local Hero Spotlight!
Local Hero profile: E&J Scott Orchards
The best feeling for me, is getting a finished product, whether it be a peach, apricot, or nectarine, that you’re proud of. It looks good, tastes good, and people are happy with it. It’s a feeling of accomplishment,” says Colin Scott, owner/ operator of E&J Scott Orchards in Buckland.

Read all about this orchard ( and their meat production, too!) here.
Restaurants Face an Uphill Climb
“Every time we spend a dollar, that’s a vote for what is going to remain on the other side of this.” - Aimee Francaes of Belly of the Beast.

Restaurants have been especially hard-hit by COVID-19. In this month's CISA column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, we explore the adjustments they've made and their importance in our local food community.

Mid-year update from CISA
So much remains up in the air as we move into the 5th month of our challenging new reality, but there are a few things that are certain: we all need to eat and local farmers have stepped up to get more food to more people. CISA staff are working to help farms adapt, adhere to changing safety regulations, and get products to customers as safely as possible.

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