Joe Czajkowski, Czajkowski Farms
2007 Local Hero Awardee
Joe Czajkowski of Czajkowski Farms in Hadley MA has pioneered ways to sell local farm products directly to area institutions, including public school cafeterias, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Joe sells products grown on his own and other local farms and his business provides a model for successfully selling and distributing farm products to institutions. He adds value to his produce by selling peeled and chopped butternut squash and carrot and zucchini sticks, as well as partnering with the Franklin County CDC to make jam. In addition to working with larger institutions, Joe sells pick-your-own strawberries and other produce direct to customers at his farm.
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