Hilltown Families

A year in the life of Ashfield, Massachusetts. In her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver described Ashfield as a town that is as cute as...

Hey! Stick your head in the kitchen door and check out our new Barca-Stova-Lounger! We got a stove with more burners than God’s got children and from what I understand, it...

Notes from Nan: Hula Hooping: Harder Thank it Looks BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati One day back when I was in about my twenties, I was sitting cross-legged on the...

At the Red Rooster, they use naught but paper plates and plastic forks, Velveeta Cheese and Wonder Bread. And every-body smokes cigarette after cigarette. I had a bacon, egg and cheese...

Notes from Nan: From Rob and Donna, but not me… BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I always wake up in the middle of the night and think of things I...

Notes from Nan: Commercial BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Ring . . . . . Ring . . . . Ring . . . . Ring . . . ....

Notes from Nan: Dress Like a Pirate, a Parrothead, or Just Like Someone On Vacation! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Caribbean Night Menu at Elmers (Friday 02/29) Dress like a...

Notes from Nan: What we all look like over here! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati So I’ve been reading Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio; the book of short stories that was...

Notes from Nan: And the Crowd Leaps to its Feet! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Thank you! Thank you! You have no idea how wonderful it is to be here...

So, ever since I went to the conference, I’ve been trying to figure out how we can sell everything we have here at Elmer’s without using any packaging whatsoever (Hold out...

Congratulations To Kettle Foods (whose delicious potato chips we proudly carry) for being featured on NBC Nightly News for having the most environmentally efficient plant or something. Watch the video. Pretty...

Read about Tony and Zoe's (age 4) adventures while they travel across Europe, here on Hilltown Families.

Path of the Otter Program in Ashfield Path of the Otter is a newer family program in the hilltowns for children ages 5-7. This program is a playful introduction to earth...

Notes from Nan: Holidays All Over the Place! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati December 31st, 2007 Dear Diary, You know what I’m wearing right now? My pajamas, and I am...

I am not sure what we are having for non-fish-eating vegetarians and others, but I do know that it will be the same menu after the word “Fish.” I’m just not...

Being a grocer is hard. You have to anticipate and plan and order things weeks in advance. You have to see into the future. You have to know that if there...

Peggy has passed the grocery torch from her steady, capable hands to my trembling, sweaty ham-fists. Although I have already dropped it a few times, I’m determined to get to a...

And the snow came in just in time! I had actually ordered it for Friday, and what I wanted was just a light fluffy bit, not too cold, not too frozen...

Notes from Nan: Big Doings This Weekend BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Fanfare: Brp Br dr Brp Brp Baaaaaaah!: CRAFTED IN THE VILLAGE HAPPENS THIS WEEKEND! So, here at the...

Notes from Nan: Crafted in the Village BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Enjoy an old-fashioned kind of Christmas this weekend in Ashfield with Crafted in the Village A Weekend-Long Celebration...

Notes from Nan: Happy Thanksgiving! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati For those of you who snickered at me putting up my storm windows yesterday in the snow, well for you...

Here's a good word: Crafternoons -- that's what we have at 2pm on Saturday afternoons when everyone brings the crafts they're working on. I thought of that at 4:00 this morning....

Notes From Nan: Bonjour and Dostoyevsky! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati So this week we have pure international inter-marriage craziness! We go from France to Russia with wild intermingling of...

Notes From Nan: Hey Look! We’re in the Boston Globe! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati This is in today’s Boston Globe—and MAN were we busy this morning! One couple drove...

Notes From Nan: Back Home Again, Culinarily Speaking BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Gentle Readers, After dining out on the windy steppes of Foodlandia with menus from all around the...

After all, it was the rousing success of our serving of it last year on the Friday after Fall Festival that made us look at each other and say, “Hey! How...

Elecampane syrup can be used as a preventive tonic when approaching the winter season. If someone in your family tends to have colds that go right to the chest, then elecampane...

Notes From Nan BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Hey Y’all! Mahn, I got tings to do, yeah! Can’t waste no time on this heah letta, but I got to tell...

37th annual Ashfield Fall Festival takes place on Columbus Day weekend Whether you are partial to products that feature those icons of fall—apples and pumpkins, or simply enjoy the pleasures of...

So! (You know, that Germans frequently with Exclamation Points speak!) We have yes for you (plural) this week German Food!