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Farm stand map for Western Massachusetts

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

Higher resolution Google Maps

Google has increased the resolution on some of their satellite maps, but it’s a little tricky to find. Based on what I’ve found the higher resolution hasn’t been built into the interface yet, so you’ll have to hack the URL a bit. Here’s how to do it:

  1. using Google Maps find the location you want, making sure you are using hybrid or satellite.
  2. click on “Link to this page” on the top right corner of the map (here is the link to my favorite bar in San Francisco, Specs in the North Beach)
  3. In the URL look for this ‘=h&z=19&’ — that number controls the zoom.
  4. Now zoom the map to the max, then start fiddling with the URL, increasing the number.

I found that you can increase the zoom to 20 before it breaks, but your mileage may vary depending on what location you’re looking at. Have at it Google Map geek!

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