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Restaurants Re-Open in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

The temporary closure of restaurants and eateries was hard on both the businesses and the locals in Shelburne Falls, who would normally frequent these places for delicious food and to see their fellow townspeople. Many people are excited to see some restaurants in Shelburne Falls slowly re-opening and even a new restaurant opening. These businesses have taken the time to set themselves up in a way that creates a covid-safe space for their customers while offering the delicious cuisine that everyone loves and has missed.

Posada Grill

Posada Grill is a new Mexican and Salvadorian restaurant located on the Mohawk Trail in Shelburne. Their authentic menu includes a variety of papusas, fajitas, quesadillas, and more. They even serve special dishes such as sweet fried plantains, fried yucca, and flan. Posada is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 8 pm with dine-in or take-out available. Welcome them into the neighborhood by having your next meal with them or for take-out call (413) 489-3323. Follow them on Facebook to see what they are cooking up!

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The Blue Rock Restaurant has re-opened with an exciting new menu. Their new options include java rubbed baby back ribs, roast eggplant and vegetable panang coconut curry, and grilled steelhead trout. Their hours have also changed. You can dine with them Fridays and Saturdays 5-9:30 pm and Sundays 5-8:30 pm. new set of hours but remember to make a reservation first! The Blue Rock has taken measures to keep everyone covid-safe. However, you can always opt for takeout with their easy curbside pickup by calling 413-625-8133. They even have to-go cocktails, bottles of wine, and growlers of beer from their rotating taps. Click here to view a recent message from The Blue Rock regarding their new safety practices and re-opening. Head to their website to view their new food and drink menu, thebluerockrestaurant.com.

(Picture Right: Outdoor patio at The Blue Rock Restaurant, source: Facebook)

Gypsy Apple Bistro

The Gypsy Apple Bistro is another gem that the community is happy to see back in action. They will be serving up their delicious, short but sweet menu in house or for contactless curbside pickup. Their hours are Thursday through Sunday 5-9 pm. If you’d like to order for pick-up, they ask that you call (413) 625-6345 between 4 and 6:15 pm and the order will be ready in 45 minutes. Check out their menu here on their website, gypsyapplebistro.com.

West End Pub

The West End Pub has re-opened their riverside dining with social distancing. For now, they are serving dinner only from 3-9 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and the bar is not open. They highly recommend making a reservation to ensure your table. Other than that, their lengthy menu of tasty appetizers, burgers, salads, pastas, and more is back! Call them to make a reservation or order your meal for pick up at 413-625-6216. 

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Update on Broadband in the Hilltowns Western Massachusetts

The long-awaited arrival of broadband in Franklin County is finally here! New Salem, Rowe, and Shutesbury all have active fiber networks. Currently, about 80% of premises in Rowe are customers. If you have a premise in Rowe that you wish to sign up for broadband you can do so for $75 a month. You will receive free installation while funds remain available, plus free equipment and Wifi. You do not have to sign up for a contract and there is an optional full service phone for $19 a month. Visit Rowe’s town website for more detailed information and visit wiredwestfiber.com/rowe to sign up. 

Heath is in the process of building its fiber network. Once the main photo optic fiber cable is installed throughout town, the next phase of actually attaching the network fiber line to the poles along Heath roads will begin. This process should begin in September. Plus, on July 21st the Heath Municipal Light Board (MLB) approved the “Heath Drop Service Installation Policy”. The Policy incentivizes qualifying customers in Heath to subscribe to take broadband internet service during the startup period, by covering up to $3,000 toward the drop installation costs for subscribers with an eligible premises (defined in policy). To learn more and to ensure you are kept up to date on the latest broadband news contact heathbroadband@gmail.com and be added to Wired West's contact distribution list.

Here is the recently released schedule of the dates when each Fiber Service Area (FSA) will undergo construction of the network and installation to the premises.

FSA 2: 7/6/20-12/31/20

Branch Hill, 3 Colrain Stage, Dell, 81-291 Rte 8A, Judd, Knott, Ledges, Long Hill, Rowe, Royer (except #18 in FSA3), Sherman, W. Main, 1 E. Main

FSA 1: 9/21/20-4/6/21

AL Stetson, Bellor, Brunelle, 323-713 Rte 8A, Groll, Jacobs, Number 9, Sadoga, State Farm, Stone Hill, Sumner Stetson, Underwood Hill, W. Branch

FSA 3: 12/21/20-8/12/21

Avery Brook, Bassett, Bray, Burrington, Center Heath, Colrain Stage (except #3 in FSA2), E. Main, Flagg Hill, Flagg Hill ext., Hosmer, Ingraham, Ledges (remaining portion), Royer (#118), Schoolhouse, South, Swamp, Taylor Brook, Rown FArm, W. Hosmer

FSA 4: 4/26/21-9/31/21

Mohawk Estates

For more information and to stay up to date with the progress of Broadband installation in the hilltowns, visit wiredwest.net/towns or visit the town sites (Rowe and Heath)

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June 2020 Pioneer Valley Single Family Home Sales Report

for sale massachusetts homesSales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 1.6% and median price down 5.0% in June 2020 compared to June 2019. The sales were down in both Hampshire and Hampden Counties. Median price was up in both Hampshire and Hampden Counties. 

The average days on market in the Pioneer Valley was down 0.1% from 55 days in June 2019 compared to 55 days in June 2020. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 24.2% from 615 listings pending in June 2019 to 764 listings pending sale in June 2020.

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Information provided by the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley.

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monthly sales report pioneer valley realtorsSales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 43.4% and median price down 17.6% in May 2020 compared to May 2019. The sales were down in Hampden County and up in Hampshire County. Median price was up in Hampden County and down in Hampshire County. 

The average days on market in the Pioneer Valley was down 16.9% from 71 days in May 2019 compared to 59 days in May 2020. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were down 3.2% from 653 listings pending in May 2019 to 632 listings pending sale in May 2020.

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Information provided from the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley

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April 2020 Pioneer Valley Single Family Homes Sales Report

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Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 28.3% and median price down 1.1% in April 2020 compared to April 2019. The sales were down in Hampshire and Hampden County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market in the Pioneer Valley was down 29.4% from 85 days in April 2019 compared to 60 days in April 2020. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up down 23.1% from 568 listings pending in April 2019 to 437 listings pending sale in April 2020.

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Information provided from the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley

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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.

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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. 

 

 

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