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Greenfield's 99th Winter Carnival Iceolation Celebration

Greenfield’s 99th Winter Carnival looks a little bit different this year than in past years. The Greenfield Recreation Department has cleverly themed this year’s carnival as an “Iceolation Celebration.” The Winter Carnival will run from February 5th through 7th and includes a series of socially distanced and virtual events which the community can participate in either from their home or around Greenfield, Mass. 

The Winter Carnival Sleigh Bell Run will be held virtually this year. Runners can register online at runreg.com. Then choose your own route and walk or run anytime during Carnival weekend. Upload your time to RunReg and share photos and videos of your run on the Greenfield Winter Carnival 2021 Facebook event page

Many of the other usual events have been altered this year to accommodate safe social distancing. Instead of the usual cardboard sled contest, this year the contest will be held virtually and be based purely on design. While the Keg Pull contest will be put on hold this year, people can still upload photos of their dogs pulling a keg and submit it to the photo contest. Other events include a Paper Snowflake Contest, a city-wide scavenger hunt, downtown ice carvings, and more. 

Check out the rest of the events and more information about the Greenfield 99th Winter Carnival at greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.

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Take an Online Course at Greenfield Community College This Winter

online study classes greenfield ma community collegeDid you know that Greenfield Community College isn’t just for undergraduates? They also offer a wide variety of online non-credit courses, which are available to the public. These courses are part of their workforce development and community education program and are offered by GCC’s online education partner, ed2go. A new session begins monthly, so you can choose the session which suits your schedule. Plus, since these courses are not for credit, they are very affordable.

Wintertime is a great time to take an online class and expand your knowledge in a certain subject or skill. Improve your daily life with classes like Conversational French, Mindful Relationships, or Everyday Math. If you are a small business owner or looking to boost your skills in your current employment, you could take classes like Accounting Fundamentals, Creating Web Pages Using HTML, or Discover Digital Photography.

Browse GCC’s online course catalog at www.ed2go.com/greenfieldcc.

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Adams Donut Shop in Greenfield Reopens Under New Ownership

Adams Donut Shop Greenfield MassachusettsAdams Donut Shop has been serving delicious donuts with creative flavors to the community of Greenfield since 1956. Charles and Myra Adams started the business, first selling donuts from their garage in the 1940s and then finally opening up the shop in 1956. The business was passed down to subsequent generations until it was eventually sold outside of the family in 1989. The most recent owner was Carrie Brown, who had to close the shop when the pandemic hit in March. In late June, Brown announced that she would have to close the shop and the current owners (and sisters), Sidra Baranoski and Sabra Billings, jumped on the opportunity. 

The two sisters have been working hard to prepare the shop to reopen. They gave the inside of the building a makeover, learned a lot about donut-making, and came up with a new line of premium donuts, called Adams Fancies. The new line-up includes creative flavors such as S’mores, Peach Cobbler, Caramel Latte, and Cannoli. They will continue to make Adam’s famous donut varieties, calling them Adams Classics. 

The shop will also serve other items like fritters, muffins, cinnamon swirls, and even breakfast sandwiches in the near future. They have also worked with Pierce Bros. to come up with a new blonde roast just for them called Twice as Nice, since both sisters are blonde. In addition to this specialty roast, they will have Pierce Bros. Moka Java, a medium roast coffee, plus decaf and a variety of teas, milks, and juices. 

Adams Donut Shop officially reopened at the end of November. Their hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 6 am to 12:30 pm and Sundays 7 am to 2 pm. There is no indoor seating and all guests must wear a mask and practice social-distancing. Adams donuts can also be purchased online with curbside pickup for orders of a half-dozen or more. Since the reopening, the shop has been quite busy, so be sure to order early to make sure they don’t sell out of your favorite flavor! 

Check out Adams Donut Shop online at adamsdonuts.com or on Facebook

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Light Up the Fairgrounds: Holiday Lights Drive Thru in Greenfield

The Franklin County Fairgrounds will host a festive display of lights this holiday season to spread cheer to the community and raise funds for three organizations. They are working alongside Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Franklin County and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter to organize a light display lasting three weekends. Over 30 groups from the community of 4 people or less are putting together the various light displays and are competing for a cash prize of $1000. We have two weekends left, December 4-6, and December 11-13, for the public to drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy the light display. 

Each car is asked to donate a minimum of $5 and each night one of the three organizations will receive 100% of the proceeds. These local non-profits have been hit hard by Covid-19 due to canceling events to stay safe and this creative fundraiser is a way to recover some of those funds and spread joy to the local community. 

For more information about this event, visit the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Facebook!

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Halloween At Highland Park in Greenfield: A Drive-Thru Experience

halloween trick or treat massachusettsThe Greenfield Recreation Department has saved Halloween! Alongside businesses and agencies throughout Greenfield, they have planned a socially-distanced drive-thru Halloween experience at Highland Park. Load up your household into a vehicle and enjoy a ¾ mile drive full of fun and scary Halloween sights, including ghosts, goblins, zombies, witches, and skeletons! 

Enter Highland Park via Highland Avenue and continue through the display, driving at 5 mph. Once you’ve reached the finish, exit via Crescent Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and masks are required. 

Plus, the first 2000 children through the entrance will receive a free Halloween Treat Bag full of goodies! 

This special Halloween event is happening Friday, October 30th from 4-6 pm. Visit franklincc.org for more information and RSVP to the Facebook event!

Happy Halloween!

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Buy in July Mortgage Special at Greenfield Savings Bank

This month, Greenfield Savings Bank is offering a mortgage special! You could receive a ¼ percent reduction on the interest rate of your new Greenfield Savings Bank Fixed-Rate Mortgage. To receive this reduction, apply for your mortgage before July 31st, 2020 and close on your mortgage before September 30th, 2020. The ¼ percent interest rate reduction is off the interest rate at the time of the application. To apply, visit the Greenfield Savings Bank mortgage center online or call for an appointment today at  (413) 774-3191 . Visit greenfieldsavings.com/mortgage/buy-in-july for more details!

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Love Where You Live Franklin County: Greenfield Massachusetts

greenfield massachusetts franklin county Greenfield, the county seat of Franklin County is a hub of arts, culture, and impressive cuisine. With a classic New England downtown area set amongst the rolling hills of Western Mass, Greenfield is home to a vibrant community with many small, locally-owned businesses. Conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 2/The Mohawk Trail, residents of Greenfield love the town because it has a variety of restaurants, shops, markets, professional businesses, and yet still offers ways to get outside and enjoy nature.

Food & Dining

Right in downtown Greenfield, you’ll find Green Fields Market, part of the Franklin Community Coop, which offers healthy ready-made foods and locally-sourced grocery items. The Greenfield Farmers’ Market is another easy way to find local, fresh groceries every Saturday morning May through October. For affordable groceries anytime, Foster’s Supermarket is a family owned and operated grocery store within easy walking/driving distance to downtown Greenfield. For an evening out, there is a long list of great places to eat, such as Hope & Olive, a sibling-owned restaurant with creative cocktails, and The People’s Pint, a craft brewery with creative pub options. 

Arts & Culture

Greenfield is rich in arts and music, with many artists, galleries, music venues, and more. The Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, promotes successful and professional women artists to its students. The gallery offers four different exhibits throughout the year, and includes gallery talks when the artist speaks about her work and her career.

Ten Forward is a music venue which books diverse, eclectic, experimental, and world-class artists. Along with musical performances, they also host theater and dance events, film screenings, DJ nights, comedy, fundraisers and more. Another great spot to catch a live music show is Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. Located in a beautiful historic building, Hawks and Reed has three performance halls and presents performing artists from around the world.

Get Outside

The Energy Park, an urban greenspace in downtown Greenfield is the town’s newest park. The park has sustainable energy exhibits such as solar panels, herb and native plant gardens, and a Boston and Maine railroad caboose with an exhibit inside. Plus, a bandstand is used for weekly concerts and other special functions.

To get the best view of the town, hike up to Poet’s Seat Tower, a sandstone observation tower on Rocky Mountain. The tower was given its name in honor of the long tradition of poets being drawn to that spot. There are a variety of trails to explore which offer views of the surrounding hills, the countryside, and the Connecticut River.

Griswold/GTD Conservation Area is also a great place to explore outside, with hiking trails, wetlands, grasslands, and open space.

Thinking of moving to Greenfield?

Check out available commercial and residential listings in Greenfield, Mass here.

Plus, there are only 2 available units left at Green River Commons, beautiful single level, sustainable, comfortable and net zero ready townhome condominiums. View them here!

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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

Start Saturdays Fresh!

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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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/


 

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