Local Vendor Spotlight

Vendor Profiles

P'Frogi by Irida: Authentic and Handmade!

Crafting that perfect batch of handmade pierogies can certainly prove challenging for those who are unfamiliar with the art, which is why we love that we can count on our good friend and longtime local vendor Irida Kakhtiranova to pull them off flawlessly every single time...

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Real Pickles: A Co-op Month Success Story

Real Pickles is a great example of an area business that both understands and implements cooperative values thoroughly across every aspect of what they do. One of our longtime partners here in Western Massachusetts, they strive to not only contribute to a culture of respect, equity, and shared prosperity within our greater food system but also within their own walls...

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Through the Seasons with Park Hill Orchard

Nestled under the majestic peak of our iconic Mt. Tom and across a vast expanse of beautiful grassy hills, fields and forests, orchardists Russell Braen and Alane Hartley spend their days trekking across the land, caring for their many rows of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs that feed thousands of Valley residents each year. Park Hill Orchard is a natural paradise where bliss is served daily through the sights and sounds of its environment, such as during the spring bloom or as the leaves turn in the fall...

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Global Village Foods: Uniting the World with African Flavors

It takes a village. When it comes to building a strong, robust local food system, few things ring truer than this expression—and our friends Melvin and Damaris Hall, the owners and co-founders of Global Village Foods (Windsor, VT), understand the notion wholeheartedly. A village stands for much more than its literal definition—it’s about the many different staples and traditions that bring people together and build communities...

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Cloonybreen Farm: Where Happy Pigs Come First

Simply passing through the gates, up the long, rocky driveway at Cloonybreen Farm, and it’s easy to feel as if you have crossed into an entirely new and marvelous world. Located on a beautiful and quintessentially “New England” mountainside overlapping the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, not only are its settings picturesque but so too is are the relationships shared between the farmers and the animals who call it home...

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