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Artisan Beverage Co-op: Cooperation Among Cooperatives!

In recognition of Co-op Month this October, we visited Artisan Beverage’s facilities in Greenfield, MA to hear the story of their co-op, and to see how their two popular product lines—Katalyst Kombucha and Ginger Libation—are made! We learned a bit about their roots, why they joined forces to become a cooperative, and how this empowered local workers, strengthened their business and improved our Valley communities...

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On Top of the World at Apex Orchards

Apex Orchards is one of those quintessential Massachusetts landmarks and a must-visit for all who live in or pass through the area. Its breathtaking views are complemented sweetly (and tartly) by rows upon acres of apple trees, peach trees, blueberry fields, and sunflower patches to name a few...

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Old Friends Farm: Friendships Through Food

Ahead of National Organic Month, we were welcomed by our "old friends" at Old Friends Farm for a visit to learn firsthand what it means to be an organic farmer and why integrity is so important for the future of our local food system. Owners Missy and Casey shared their experiences, knowledge, and history before taking us out to enjoy a day in the fields and greenhouses with their colleagues to discover why Old Friends Farm is a true friend of the Valley!

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Growing for a Greater Good at Next Barn Over

Now in its 13th season, Next Barn Over farm remains an important institution in our valley’s local food system, providing retailers, restaurants, and its Community Supported Agriculture [CSA] program members with a massive, often rotating variety of USDA-certified organic, seasonal produce while also advocating for food justice education and community development. They work hard to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships that support everyone involved...

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It's Asparagus Season at D.A. Smiarowski Farms!

Within each new spear of asparagus that breaks ground across D.A. Smiarowski Farms' many acres of fertile farmland is a story; an intriguing and colorful history of food produced here in the Valley over the years. Every new crop represents the latest chapter in a saga that continues to grow even richer over the seasons, revealing time and again how far the story has come...

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