Hilltown Families

Farmers’ markets are community builders and are intrinsically a part of New England culture and traditions. In Western Massachusetts, many farmers’ markets have expanded to not only include agricultural products but...

Let sugar season be a time of year for reconnecting to community and strengthening your sense of place through value-based community engagement that supports learning. Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition...

If sugaring is something that your family is particularly interested in trying and you’ve got a yard full of maples, try it out for yourself at home! With the right supplies,...

We’re spoiled in Western Massachusetts! Our summers are a bounty of local agriculture and food. We have the opportunity to eat seasonally most of the year and then winter arrives, the...

How do you think your food consumption would change if you were to eat only foods from within 10 miles of your home? What foods would you not have access to...

Dinner on Thanksgiving Day is a meal when extended family and friends come together to celebrate and share the harvest. It's a holiday when we talk a lot about food,...

One of the biggest factors tying food to culture is habitat. The ecological factors which determine which edible plants thrive in an area partially determines the meals which become a culinary...

How sweet the end of winter is here in western Massachusetts – and not just because the snow is beginning to melt! Warmer temperatures signal the start of sap flow in...

Enter to Win a 2016 Summer Farm Share from Crimson & Clover Farm! Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a fabulous way families can support local farmers.  By purchasing a CSA share...

In this installment of "Our Growing Roots: Real Food, Real Connection," Cheryl explores how to create simple, food-based connections during the cold winter months as she shares some of her favorite...

Despite the newly snow- and ice-covered landscape, local foods are in abundance here in western Massachusetts! By visiting local farmers' markets, taking part in special community events, and learning more about...

In "Our Growing Roots: Real Food, Real Connection" this month, Cheryl shares why you might want to ditch the usual New Year’s resolution in favor of building a deeper, more meaningful...

Spotlighting the talents and creativity of local youth, the upcoming Kid 10 market - hosted by the Pittsfield Farmers' Market - will be made up entirely of youth vendors! Scheduled for...

During this season of abundance, we are afforded the unique opportunity to strengthen our connections through food and togetherness. In this month’s column, "Our Growing Roots: Real Food, Real Connection," Cheryl...

Sitting down to the Thanksgiving table, surrounded by the abundance of food and connection, is a humble reminder that not everyone is awarded this privilege. It’s this very awareness that inspires...

Pumpkins! They’re everywhere, and they’re used to make everything from coffee to pancakes to pie, soup to lattes!

Finding community connection at our farmers' markets! Cheryl shares the joy of shopping local and fresh along side her community this month in "Our Growing Roots."

Food is a source of connection to our roots, to our land, and to each other. In our newest column "OUR GROWING ROOTS: Real Food, Real Connection," Cheryl Przezdziecki shares her...

Western Mass really drops an abundance of local food into our laps every summer! It's an incredible bounty that brings with it a possibility of some waste, as storage can prove...

We're giving away a Small CSA Farm Share from Crimson & Clover Farm this spring, a $420 value! Enter for a chance to win by sharing ways your family engages in...

When community-based learning works, it REALLY works. The diversity of educational programs run by Just Roots Community Farm in Franklin County provides experiential learning for youth of all ages. There are...

As the winter days become warmer, plants and animals begin to prepare for springtime to come. And what's one of the first (and possibly the most delicious) signs of spring here...

The Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield brings together community, serving fresh, homemade food to neighbors of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteer opportunities ranging from cooking, serving, performing and cleaning are available...

Some trends are great to follow—like the seasons! Seasonal food is fresh and fantastic, and when you work with nature it can be surprisingly easy to grow and prepare. This fall,...

CISA’s Week of Winter Fare January 26 & February 2, 2013 It is possible to eat locally year-round and there is a lot of amazing local food to be had even...

Harvest Season Dinner on Thanksgiving Day is a meal when extended family and friends come together to celebrate and share the harvest.  It’s a holiday when we talk a lot about...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Blueberries are out early this year! Where’s your favorite place to PYO with the kids? Laura LeClair writes, “Birdhaven Blueberry Farm in Southampton!” Jessica Campagna Wehry writes, “Where...

Enter to Win a CSM Share from Goldthread Herb Farm in Conway This summer Goldthread Herb Farm in Conway, MA is embarking on their fifth season of providing Community Supported Medicine...