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Sign Up Now For a Summer Farm Share in Franklin County Massachusetts

Fresh vegetables csa farm share western mass The Connecticut River Valley has some of the richest and most fertile soils around, which makes us fortunate to have plenty of wonderful farms in our own backyards. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh produce all summer long. Now is the time to sign up for a summer CSA/Farm Share. Here’s a list of some Franklin County farms and how you can get fresh veggies from their fields to your kitchen table, as well as other delightful prepared foods. 

 

Sweet Morning Farm, Leyden, MA

Sweet Morning Farm was on the fence about whether or not they would be offering farm shares this summer, with so much uncertainty due to the virus. However, they recently announced that yes, they will! Of course, they will be taking measures to ensure everyone’s safety around pick-ups. All shares will be pre-bagged and there is a delivery option available. Sign up on their website, sweet-morning-farm.blogspot.com, where they also post weekly what you will find in your share.

 

Red Fire Farm, Montague, MA

Red Fire Farm is still accepting sign-ups for their farm shares in Montague, Granby, Northampton, and Springfield. Their regular summer share, early June through October, is great for households which cook 3 times a week and comes with full pick-your-own privileges. You can also add on baked goods to your share. Sign up is easy on their website, www.redfirefarm.com. 

 

Just Roots, Greenfield, MA

Just Roots is a nonprofit community organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts, consisting of local people who seek to promote vegetable gardening and grow food on municipal land. They grow their produce on the Greenfield Community Farm which was sold to the Town of Greenfield in 1849 by Justin Root - hence the name Just Roots. You can still sign up for their summer CSA share which runs for 20 weeks from June through October. Each share provides a weekly array of fresh veggies to choose from plus access to the pick-your-own garden. Learn more about Just Roots and sign up for the summer farm share on their website, justroots.org

 

Atlas Farm Store, South Deerfield, MA

Located on the rich, fertile soils of South Deerfield in the Connecticut River Valley, Atlas Farm offers their own certified organic produce, as well as other regional, sustainable farm products. They have made it super easy and safe for customers to make purchases through their online store, with curbside pickup available Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Any order made before 2 pm, can be available within 2-3 hours on the same day! Visit their website, atlasfarm.com, to view their long list of offerings and complete an order. 

 

Natural Roots Farm, Conway, MA

Natural Roots is a horse-powered farm in Conway whose aim is to “raise every plant and animal on the farm in optimal health and vitality.” Although they are sold out of farm shares for the 2020 season, you can still stop by their farm store to purchase a long list of either theirs or other products made locally. They also offer part-time shares, so if you’re only in need of a share for part of the season or a smaller quantity of vegetables than what the share provides, then contact Natural Roots to sign up. Visit their website, naturalroots.com, for more information.

 

Diemand Farm, Wendell, MA

Anne Diemand Bucci has found herself very busy lately with a huge demand for Diemand Farm’s turkey pot pies. In addition to their popular pot pies, the farm store offers a variety of other prepared foods using their meat such as soups, meat loafs, burritos and more. Some options can even be made gluten-free! They also have vegetarian options and a list of delicious desserts available for purchase. All of their products are made using local ingredients. Visit their website, thediemandfarm.com, to find out what they offer. You can stop by their farm store Monday through Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. They are also offering curbside service or scheduled deliveries by request. 

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Greenfield Farmers' Market Opens With COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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The Greenfield Farmers’ Market is opening in a different way this year. In order to keep the community safe while still offering local and fresh products, the Market has created important rules and guidelines for market goers. They feel that the measures they have put in place are above and beyond what other shopping options have installed. Right now, it is so important that everyone stay safe. However, people still need to purchase food and agricultural products and the GFM has worked hard to cater to both. 

Located next to the Greenfield Commons, The Greenfield Farmers’ Market plans to make things as safe as possible. They have mapped out the entry and exit points for market goers. At the entrance, customers will pass through a hand washing station. All customers will be required to wear masks. They will then be guided through the market, always maintaining 6 feet from vendors and other customers. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the market to instruct customers and ensure everyone is following the protocols correctly. A menu of all the items for sale will be available for customers to ease the flow through the market.

While this is not the usual way we shop at farmers’ markets, the Greenfield Farmers’ Market is providing the opportunity for local vendors to earn money and move their products, and for shoppers to still find their favorite local items, all while keeping the community safe. Now more than ever, we need to support our community and shop local. 

Visit the Greenfield Farmers’ Market every Saturday now through October at Court’s Square in downtown Greenfield from 8 am to 12:30 pm.

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For a list of vendors and safety protocols, go to greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.

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March Pioneer Valley Single Family Home Sales Report 2020

Single Family Homes Western MassSales of single family homes in Franklin County were up 33.3% and median price up 7.3% in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The sales were up in Hampshire and Hampden County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was down 2.3% from 82 days in March 2019 compared to 80 days in March 2020. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 4.2% from 529 listings pending in March 2019 to 551 listings pending sale in March 2020.

For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/

Information provided from the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley

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Restaurants Offering Takeout in Western Mass During COVID-19 Shutdown

Takeout restaurants western Massachusetts COVID-19 As you all know, Governor Baker has issued an emergency order which requires all non-essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public until May 4th. These businesses are encouraged to work remotely if possible. However, some businesses have been deemed “COVID-19 Essential” and are permitted to continue working at their brick-and-mortar facility, using social distancing protocols. 

At this time, our area restaurants and bars cannot serve food and beverages on-site but are allowed to offer take-out and delivery, as long as they comply with social distancing protocols. The following restaurants/eateries are offering such services. Since the situation is constantly changing, please check with the individual businesses to ensure they are still open. You can also check with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Applebees, Greenfield

Offering both to-go and delivery options from 11:30am-9pm, seven days a week.  413.772.0079 https://www.applebees.com/en/menu

Antonio’s Pizza, Bernardston

Open for pickup and delivery. Call ahead and they will have it ready. 413-648-9800 or 413-773-7517. Delivery available to Greenfield, Bernardston, Gill and Northfield. https://antoniospizzaandgrinders.com/

Baked, Shelburne Falls

Open daily for takeout 9:00 - 2:00.  Click here for their menu and call 413-489-3139

Bonnie B’s Country Kitchen, Greenfield

Open for takeout https://bonniebscountrykitchen.org/

Brad's Place, Greenfield

Open for food orders to go. https://www.facebook.com/BradsPlaceGreenfield/  (Will be closed April 4-11)

Bueno Y Sano, South Deerfield

Take out only. Please call in your orders. (413) 665-4241.  Bueno Y Sano mobile app does not cover the South Deerfield location. Phone in only. Delivery Express and GrubHub are also options in Western MA. Order Bueno cards online at buenoysano.com

Cameron's Winery, Northfield

Open for Wine and Cider Bottle sales and Take-out Charcuterie Boards, Soups, Salads. Orders should be called in ahead for food. (413) 225-3247. Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 12 to 5, Thursday 12 to 7, Friday and Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 4pm. Closed Mondays. http://www.fruitwinegifts.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Camerons-Passion-for-Wine-Making-285566198170493

Gianni Fig's, South Deerfield

Open for take out from 5pm to 8pm as well as delivery. (413) 350-5940. https://www.giannifigs.com/   https://www.facebook.com/giannifigs/

Hager's Farm, Shelburne

Market is open including grab-n-go items. Grill/restaurant portion of the business not available at this time. 413-625-6323. https://hagersfarmmarket.com/

Hearty Eats, Shelburne Falls

Full of Fresh Fruits and Veggies. Online grocery store providing the online ordering and curbside pickup. Working to set up a delivery service. https://hearty-eats.square.site/#frmPxA

Mesa Verde, Greenfield

Offering food takeout 11:30 am - 8 pm Monday - Saturday. Also through DoorDash. https://mesaverdegreenfield.com/

Namaste Indian, Greenfield

Offering curbside service along with regular delivery and take out. For curbside delivery, delivery to your house or place of work or pick up please call them  413-325-8232 as well as for any questions. https://www.facebook.com/namastegreenfield

New Fortune, Greenfield

Open for takeout and delivery 11am-9pm seven days a week, (413)772-0838 http://newfortunema.com/

Pete's Seafood, Greenfield

Operating from 11am-7pm for take out only which will be available at the side window for pickup. Closed Sunday and Monday. Feel free to call ahead on orders and pay with credit card over the phone to minimize surface touching. Orders can be ready within 10 minutes and for a specific time if needed. https://petesseafood.com/

Pine Hill Orchard, Colrain

Open daily from 9am-6pm. Offering select takeout options and sliced to order Boars Head meats and cheeses from 11am-2pm. Grab and go salads and wraps, bakery, and coffee available along with apples, cider, beer, wine and more! Closed 3/23-3/25 but will re-open 3/26 https://pinehillorchards.com/

Rise Above Bakery, Greenfield

Working on an online ordering system with curbside pickup and free delivery for Friday March 20th with more offerings each week. https://rise-above-bakery.square.site . Check facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/riseabove413

Thai Blue, Greenfield

Open for take-out and delivery.  Order online https://bit.ly/2QkFewd. Also visit facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/ThaiBlueGingerGreenfield

Terrazza, Greenfield

Quarantine menu now available at https://terrazzagreenfield.com/sample-page/  Will deliver from 11am - 8pm 7 days a week. Call 413-772-0970

The Wok, Greenfield

Open for food takeout https://www.facebook.com/The-Wok-Restaurant-297486028234/ and http://www.thewokrestaurant.com/


 

Local Lenders Help Those in Need with Mortgage Payments

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It’s easy to love Franklin County Massachusetts in good times, but it’s in these difficult times that the reasons to love our community are highlighted even more. So many local businesses have stepped up in the past few weeks with the outbreak of COVID-19. Some have done their part to protect our community by shutting their doors, offering services which are in line with social distancing, or even offering ways to help financially.

Two of our local banks, Greenfield Savings Bank and Greenfield Cooperative Bank, have updated their mortgage payment policies to help those who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The following statements are taken directly from each banks’ websites:

Greenfield Savings Bank COVID-19 Residential Loan Relief Program

Effective immediately, Greenfield Savings Bank is offering to defer up to 90 days of mortgage and/or equity line or equity loan payments to all our Residential Loan customers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • This program is available during the National COVID-19 emergency
  • It is available on residential mortgages and/or equity lines, secured by one-to-four family properties
  • There are no processing fees
  • Your Credit Report will not be affected by this program.
  • Customers can select 30, 60 or 90 days deferment of payments
  • The program will include your property tax escrow payment, if applicable
  • It is open to all residential loan customers economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including job loss, reduced wages, etc.

Visit Greenfield Savings Bank online for more information and to opt-in to this special relief program.

Greenfield Co-operative Bank Announces New Payment Option for Customers as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues

Michael E. Tucker, President & CEO of Greenfield Co-operative Bank and its Northampton Cooperative Bank division, was pleased to announce that our community bank board has approved a program to provide a “Payment Holiday” for existing GCB customers who have a portfolio loan at GCB to defer making their monthly payments coming up in April and May for up to 60 days. For eligible customers who wish to “Opt In”, there will be a simple form to complete. The payments usually due for April and May would simply be added to the back end of the loan term. Customers would then not have to make those payments until the end of the original term. The term would be extended 2 months to allow those payments to be made at the end of the original term.

If you have a fixed rate Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) loan that is serviced by GCB, we regret we are unable to offer this program at this time. We are contacting FNMA to see what might be available and will notify the public if circumstances change.

Visit Greenfield Cooperative Bank online for more information and to fill out the mail-in or online Opt-In Form. 

 

 

January 2020 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 5.3% and median price down 9.1% in January 2020 compared to January 2019. The sales were up in Hampshire and down in Hampden County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was down 19.3% from 92 days in January 2019 compared to 74 days in January 2020. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 7.5% from 360 listings pending in January 2019 to 387 listings pending sale in January 2020.

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The Franklin County Gift Card Is the Perfect Gift For Any Occasion!

New this year, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has created the Franklin County Gift Card! This one gift card allows cardholders to make purchases at various participating businesses around the county. So with one purchase you could give someone the gift of an adventure in Charlemont, art from Shelburne Falls, a massage in Greenfield, or more!

Here is the list of businesses participating in the Franklin County Gift Card so far:

Franklin county gift card Massachusetts Andy's and The Oak Shoppe
Baker Office Supply
Beth Stadnicki, Licensed Massage Therapist
Berkshire Brewing Company Tap Room
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Centennial House Bed & Breakfast
Ciesluk's Market
Crumpin-Fox Golf Course
Damn Yankees BBQ
ENJOY.
Floral Affairs
Greenfield Community College Bookstore and Bursar's Office
Greenfield Farmer's Cooperative Exchange
Greenfield Games
Hamel's Creative Catering
Institute for Wilderness & Emergency Medicine
Ja'Duke Theater
Loot found + made
Mesa Verde
Northfield Golf Course
Richie Richardson FAB
Ryan & Casey Liquors
Thai Blue Ginger
Upper Bend Cafe & Bruncheonette
Zoar Outdoor

 

Gift cards can be purchased at:

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
Ciesluk's Market, 55 North Main Street, South Deerfield
ENJOY. 4 Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne Falls
Greenfield Savings Bank branches: Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, Turners Falls, Conway, South Deerfield, Northampton-King Street

More locations to purchase coming soon!

To check your gift card balance, please call 888-494-9760 and choose option #1

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Community Highlight: The Buzz in Greenfield, Mass

With the announcement of the closing of Wilson’s Department Store in downtown Greenfield, it feels like the end of an era for the town. Wilson’s has been a landmark business for about a century and in recent times has drawn in customers to shop at one of the last old-time department stores in the region. While the closing of the store is a sad loss to the community, it also represents a shift in the downtown businesses and the opportunity for something new in this space.

Business West recently published an article about the “Distinct Buzz in Downtown Greenfield.” The article highlights the following list of positive things happening in Greenfield: 

Downtown Greenfield Massachusetts“• New businesses such as the Rise Above coffee shop, and established businesses under new ownership, such as the Greenfield Garden Cinema, another downtown anchor;

• A refocused Greenfield Business Assoc. (GBA), now under the leadership of coordinator Rachel Roberts;

• A burgeoning cultural economy headlined by the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in the heart of downtown, but also a growing number of arts-related ventures;

• Co-working spaces — such as Greenspace, located above Hawks and Reed, as well as Another Castle, a facility that has attracted a number of video-game-related businesses — that are attracting young professionals and bringing more vibrancy to the downtown;

GCET, the municipal provider of reliable high-speed internet, a service that that has made those co-work spaces possible;

The Hive, a makers space now under development on Main Street, just a block or so down from Wilson’s;

• Rail service, specifically in the form of the Yankee Flyer, which brings two trains a day to the city, and enables one to travel to New York and back the same day;

A new town library, which is expected to bring more vibrancy — and another co-working space — to downtown; and

• A noticeable tightening of the housing market, a tell-tale sign of progress.”

What all of these points amount to is that Greenfield is growing even more so into a community where people have access to important resources. The reliable internet, arts and culture, learning and career opportunities, and a thriving downtown area create environments where people love going to work and can own their own successful businesses. Several companies have already moved their office spaces to Greenspace, above Hawks and Reed because they wanted their employees to be happy in their workspace and enjoy coming to work. 

The housing market in Greenfield is also moving fast these days. Inventory is moving so fast that some report looking at homes which are sold before they even have an opportunity to place an offer. 

As a celebration of the collaboration happening now in Greenfield and the noticeable buzz in the community, the downtown area will soon be populated with giant bees. Many local artists are decorating these bees which will comprise this collaborative art installation and draw even more visitors to the area. The bees are expected to be installed in May or June. 

To read the entire Business West article about the buzz in Greenfield, click here.

And check out current homes for sale by Wanda in Greenfield, like the one pictured below here

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November 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley

Single family homes western MassachusettsSales of single family homes in Franklin County remained the same and median price increased 8.9% in November 2019 compared to November 2018. The sales were down 1.4% in Hampden County and 24.1% in Hampshire County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

The average days on market was up 1.8% from 69 average number of days in November 2018 compared to 70 days in November 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 20.3% from 384 listings pending in November 2018 to 462 listings pending sale in November 2019.

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August 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 6.8% and median price up 3.3% in August 2019 compared to August 2018. The sales were down 2.3% in Hampden County and 3.7% in Hampshire County. Median price was up in Hampden County and down in Hampshire County. 

The average days on market was up 1.2% from 55 average number of days in August 2018 compared to 56 days in August 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 16.9% from 543 listings pending in August 2018 to 635 listings pending sale in August 2019.

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