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Outer Limits Cycles: A New Mobile Bike Service in Franklin County

Outer Limits Cycles Mobile Bike Service

Franklin County has a multitude of amazing biking trails for all to enjoy. From mountain biking down Berkshire East in Charlemont to road biking along the Mohawk Trail, to the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls, there is something for everyone. With so many routes for you to enjoy, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in good repair and ready for the next adventure.

Matt Sullivan has been in the bike and ski repair industry for over 20 years. Now, he has started his own business at 334 High Street in Greenfield plus a mobile bike service. Outer Limits Cycles is committed to bringing a convenient, high-quality bike service to the awesome people of New England. With Matt’s mobile shop, you don’t have to worry about transporting your bikes back and forth to the shop - he will come to you at your home, on the road, or at the end of the trail. 

Call Matt at 413-325-5143 or email outerlimitscycles@yahoo.com and check out his website, outerlimitscyclesmobile.com, for more information.

Be sure to also check out the Outer Limits Racing team!

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Shop at Avery's General Store in Charlemont

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Avery’s General Store in Charlemont is one of the oldest general stores in New England. Opened in 1861, the store was passed down through five generations of Averys. Today the store is an employee-owned and employee-run business. Although it has changed hands over the years, it has always maintained its classic New England charm, proudly wearing the slogan “If you can’t find it at Avery’s, you probably don’t need it.” 

Over the years, the store has served the surrounding hilltown residents, making it easy to stop in for some quick groceries, rather than having to take the drive to Greenfield. At Avery’s you can find fresh house-made sandwiches and more fresh meat at their deli, local produce and groceries, hardware items, and more. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and they will always try to help you get what you’re looking for, even if they don’t have it on-hand at the moment. 

During these difficult times, Avery’s has maintained flexibility to be able to support the community and continue to provide its products and services. They offer contact-free curbside-pickup. Just call ahead and they will bring out your order to your vehicle. Avery’s is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Support this local business which has been a staple of our community for over 160 years so that it can continue to run for many more years.

Avery’s is located at 127 Main Street in Charlemont. Contact them at 1-413-339-4915 or mail@averysgeneral.store. Visit averysgeneral.store for more info!

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Wells Provisions Brings New Orleans Flavors to Charlemont Mass

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Here in Franklin County, we are so lucky to have a variety of delicious eateries, who use fresh, local products. Wells Provisions in Charlemont is no different in that category. They use all local products such as coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, meat from Freeman Farms in Heath, vegetables from Good Bunch Farm, maple syrup from Winston Sugar House and more. Yet on top of all that, Wells Provisions brings a whole new flavor to the area. 

Wesley and Levi Janssen moved their family of five to Western Mass last year from New Orleans, where they had built their careers in the restaurant business. Now they are offering their fine dining New Orleans style dishes in a casual Western Mass hilltown environment. 

The menu at Wells Provisions includes classics from their home in the South such as Gumbo, Po-Boys, cajun poutine, and shrimp & grits. You can stop in for a delicious meal or pick up a gourmet ready-to-heat meal from their fridge and bring it home to enjoy. They offer a full breakfast menu, lunch menu, and they even have an ice cream window for scoops of local Maple Valley, Bart’s, and Snow’s ice cream. 

Check out my Community Video below showing my own visit to Wells Provisions with some words from Wesley and Levi. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful addition to our local business community. 

Visit their website at wellsprovisions.com for more information such as the menu, hours of operation, and stories from the Janssens in their blog.

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Keep Our Dollars Local with a Franklin County Gift Card

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This holiday season, give the gift of a Franklin County Gift Card to your friends and loved ones. This versatile gift allows them to choose whether they want to dine out in Turners Falls, purchase a unique handcrafted item from a shop in Shelburne Falls, have an adventure in Charlemont, or spend it with any of the other participating [...]

Sweet Lucy's Bakeshop in Bernardston Offers Craveable High-Quality Pastries

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sweet lucy's bakeshop bernardston massachusettsA New-American Bakeshop in New England 

Lucy Damkoehler grew up in Bernardston, Massachusetts and has been working in bakeries since she legally could. She built a successful career outside of Western Mass, working in well-known establishments like Gramercy Tavern in New York City and other places overseas and across the country. After spending 12 years in Seattle working as Regional Pastry Chef at Bon Appetit Management Company and helping to open Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, Lucy has brought her skills and experience back to Western Mass for all of us to enjoy!

Upon the opening of Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, the place was instantly a hit. Currently, the business has an average 5 star rating on Google and was voted as #1 Bakery in the Recorder’s 2020 Franklin Favorites competition. 

As the shop’s slogan promises, the bakeshop offers “craveable high-quality pastries” which are crafted with the best local ingredients and without unhealthy preservatives, additives, and sweeteners. Lucy bakes up classic favorites like croissants, pain au chocolat, and cherry pie. But she also whips up some unique mouth-watering creations like smore’s donuts, sweet corn and brown butter donuts, and her famous raspberry cornbread.

The next time you’re driving down Route 5 in Bernardston, be sure to stop by Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop at 7 South Street! Follow her on Facebook for updates and to find out what Lucy is making for #donutthursday. Visit sweetlucysbakeshop.com for more info and check out this video below to meet Lucy and get some helpful baking tips from her:

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Support These Local Maple Syrup Farms in Western Massachusetts

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maple syrup sugar house massachusettsSupporting Local Sugarhouses is Sweet!

While the state is still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, sugarhouses are still boiling their sap to make delicious maple syrup. Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne has plenty of syrup available that is made directly from their farm at Hager Bros. Farm.  Visit Hager's Farm Market located at 1232 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls. Go to hagersfarmmarket.com for more information.

Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant will also be open this weekend. At the start of the year, the restaurant owners, Todd and Michelle Olanyk, were not even sure if they would be opening the restaurant this sugaring season. They made the decision one week before opening on March 6th, and will be open for dine-in and takeout Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm until the end of the month. Although the restaurant doesn’t have the usual amount of business as in past years, the Olanyks are pleased to see their customers happy to be there and that they are choosing to buy local maple syrup. Customers can also purchase the maple syrup during the week by calling the restaurant at 413-625-2866. You can also follow Davenport Maple Farm on Facebook at facebook.com/DavenportMaple/.

Another local favorite maple farm is Sunrise Farms, a 5th generation family-owned and operated maple farm in Colrain, Mass. Their syrup is boiled in an electrical evaporator that is offset with renewable, zero carbon solar arrays right on the farm. Plus their maple syrup is certified organic, as well as the other delicious maple products they offer such as maple cream, candy, and sugar. Sunrise Farms offers curbside pickup at 87 Thayer Road in Greenfield or right at the farm at 24 Heath Branch Road in Colrain. They also offer shipping! Call Sunrise Farms at 1 413-624-3210 to place an order. Visit their website, sunrisefarmsmaple.com, for more information and to make an appointment. 


Discover more Massachusetts Maple Farms at massmaple.org!

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Plum Boutique in Greenfield Seeks to Inspire and Enrich Local Community

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plum boutique greenfield mass shop localChristmas is almost here and if you’re doing any last minute shopping, remember to support our local shops! One local shop that I’m happy to support is Plum Boutique in downtown Greenfield. More than just a retail store, Plum carefully selects products made by mission-based organizations, women-owned enterprises, and local artisans. As a member of the downtown Greenfield family of shops, they seek to enrich the community and to provide us with an ever-evolving gallery of fashion, design, and art which inspires, nurtures, empowers, and delights.

Check out their Perfect Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration on unique gifts for friends and family and get free shipping through the month of December on their website with code FREE2020.

 

 

Visit their website, plum413.com, and follow them on Facebook to stay updated on what's in the shop! 

Located at 281 Main Street in Greenfield, MA

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Give a Franklin County Gift Card This Holiday Season

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Earlier this year, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce released a new Franklin County Gift Card. Now, as the holidays approach, consider gifting one of these versatile gift cards to your friends and loved ones. They can spend it at the participating Franklin County business of their choice - so they are guaranteed to love their gift! [...]

Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls Places 4th of Top-Rated Breweries in Massachusetts

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A few weeks ago, Boston.com released a list of top-rated breweries in Massachusetts. They used data from BeerAdvocate, a national beer-reviewing site based in Boston, to determine which Massachusetts breweries are most loved by consumers. With over 200 breweries in Massachusetts today, it is a great achievement that Franklin County’s own [...]

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