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In search of the best chef’s knife…

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Pioneer Valley Winter CSAs

Brookfield Farm in South Amherst offers a winter share for $130.  I was a member last winter and I’m considering it again this year.  Brookfield offers kale, collards, carrots, beets, cabbage, potatoes, celeriac, potatoes, onions, turnips, rutabagas, and a few other root vegetables.  It has about 30 lbs of produce per month for Dec-March.  A share is about right for a family or for two couples to share.  I do admit that your creativity is stretched to the limit with alll those beets, cabbage, and turnips.  However, it was worth it for the fresh pick your own kale and collards.

Enterprise farm in Whately – Offers a an “East Coast” share that includes produce from partner farms in Florida and Georgia.  This makes the winter share more interesting with conscientiously grown “North Carolina Sweet Potatoes, Georgia Strawberries, Florida tree-ripened Citrus, cooking greens, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, green beans…”.  The price reflects the additional cost that transporting these vegetables, with the price ranging from $450 to $800.  Even if you don’t sign up for the winter share, you can visit their “food shed” in Whately to buy produce.

Chestnut Farms meat CSA – Buy local sustainable meat.  It has a monthly pickup of local lamb, pork, chicken, and other meats.  Even if you don’t buy a share, consider ordering a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Red fire farms in Granby – Also runs a winter CSA share.

For complete details on where to get local produce in the Pioneer Valley, check out FarmFresh for a very well-done website with good search capability.


As my summer draws to a close, so too does my time in Barcelona, Spain.  I am creating this blog as a place for my thoughts, pictures, and food finds from my travels.

I will soon be heading back to Western Massacusetts for the fall.  I can’t wait to share the rich food related news and information from the Pioneer Valley area: Amherst, Northampton, and the surrounding areas.

Buen Provecho!