There are a lot of small farm or garden stands in Western Mass. I drive or cycle by them all the time (in season): little tables set up in front of a house with berries, asparagus, corn, sometimes flowers … all kinds of things that are grown locally.
Often times these stands are off the main street you might be driving on, but only 30 seconds out of your way. Take for example Route 9 in Hadley; off the top of my head I can think of 6 little tables set up 30 seconds driving off Route 9.
These little operations get business based on traffic driving by … until now.
This year I would love to see how much business we can give these little operations. The trick is to know where they are and some of the produce they normally carry. I’ll need your help to create this map.
Please spread the word about the map. Post it on your site if you’d like. And if you’re a grower, or otherwise have a contribution to the map, please leave the relevant information in the comments below; leave the exact address with a brief note about what the stand normally stocks and I’ll add it to the Google map. I’ve started the map off with some little stands near my house in Sunderland.
Let’s support our local growers and see how locally we can eat this summer.
Do you need some reasons why eating locally is important? Check out 7 things being a locavore can do for you.
View Western Mass Farm Stands in a larger map
Photo used with permission by Sandra Pipczynski
Asparagus is going to start popping soon in the Pioneer Valley. But what does it look like before you buy it at your local farm stand? Check out the video.
Also, did you know that a popular movie and book begins its narrative in Western Mass? The Mosquito Coast, written by Paul Theroux (then made into a movie starring Harrison Ford) begins in Hatfield, MA, with the local asparagus growing and picking culture as a backdrop.
Photo (CC) by surfma
Sometimes you should just jump into a new project. Especially when the plan is to work on the project for the long term, as I’m doing with Farm Report, a daily video podcast I started this morning. The production values of the video aren’t worked out yet, the format isn’t solid yet, but the general idea is there. Improvements to come.
The goal with Farm Report is to generally inform people about local growing in Western Massachusetts. There’ll be interviews, commentary, nice photos. But, I’ll probably also include videos about weight loss and it’s relation to the food we grow. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about doing a daily video podcast for a while now, inspired by two different people: ZeFrank (very popular daily video before people were really doing such things) and David Lynch (his daily [kind of] weather report).
I now present to you, Farm Report. Why Farm Report? I live on a farm. They’re interesting because it’s a natural food factory.
In addition to farming I’ll probably report on other experiences, but rather than confuse the hell out of you by creating a different show for each of my interests, let’s call this Farm Report.
If you’re interested, 3 tools are being used to create Farm Report: a Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera, a Sima video light, and an Audio Technica lavalier microphone.
Enjoy and leave a comment with suggestions.