Franklin County Food and Farms – July 1st 2015

The Recorder, July 1, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants

Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can we use some of them? Bring your curiosity and wonder at the diversity of wonderful plants that share this corner of the planet with us! To register, go to

Clarkdale Fruit Farms Centennial

Sunday, July 19, 1 to 4 p.m.
Events and speakers include CISA’s Phil Korman, Mass. Ag. Commissioner John Lebeaux, state Rep. Steve Kulik, state Sen. President Stan Rosenberg and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.

There wil be cake, ice cream orchard tours and history talk. Face painting and other acitivites for children. and a mini farmers market.

Looking for volunteers to help with parking, in shifts of 12 to 2 or 2 to 4 p.m. Free Clarkdale T-shirt included. Please reply if interested.

For information, visit, or email

Fill the Belly Bus Food Drive

Friday, Aug. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., on Greenfield Town Common.

Over 50 local community businesses have donated over 19 tons of food and personal care supplies in the past 10 years.

Scheduled in August because that is when families need it most. Donations benefit five emergency food programs in Franklin County.

If you’d like your business, organization or workplace to participate, call Holly at 413-376-1179. Individual community members are welcome to donate by bringing nonperishable food and personal care supplies directly to the Greenfield Common on Aug. 7 from 3 to 5 or look for a drop box at any participating local business.

11th Annual Free Harvest Supper
Sunday, Aug. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. In 2014, we served over 1,000 community members and raised over $3,000 for the Farmers Market Coupon Project of the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry.

The Free Harvest Supper is a huge group effort of 50+ local farms and businesses and over 100 volunteers.

Visit to learn more. To help make 2015’s Supper a great success, contact Dino Schnelle, 413-773-5029,

Bernardston Farmers Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., United Church parking lot.

Plants, Produce, Kiwanis’ frozen chicken pies, baked goods, eggs, local meat, maple syrup, honey, local crafts and more.