Hilltown Families


QUESTION AND ANSWERS Where does your family go for a good pizza in Western MA? Roberta Fortini-Curran recommends: Hot Tomatoes in Williamstown… yummy! Kelly Torza recommends: Hilltown Pizza (Williamsburg). Suzi Kingsley Day recommends: Country Pie in Ashfield. Wonderful! Peter Freisem recommends: Country Pie Pizza in Ashfield… Best pizza east of the Mississippi! Sienna Wildfield recommends: I LOVE Bread Euphoria‘s Gluten-Free pizza! (Haydenville) Kristen Handschuh-Lamb recommends: North Amherst Pizza House of Amherst Tamara… Read More

100 Links (Summer/Fall 2010) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box below. Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog… Read More

Ashfield Fall Festival! Wait—Last Sunday in the middle of the 183 people coming in for breakfast, someone said to me, “Do you have those little individually wrapped butters?” And I said, “yes, we do.” And that’s all I remember about the conversation. I don’t remember who it was who asked, but if you are reading this now, did you get what you wanted? Did I just walk away? Did I complete the… Read More

12th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival October 2nd & 3rd, 2010 Voted the second best festival among hundreds of great local events in the Valley Advocate readers poll, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a fun (affordable) event to take the family too!  Enjoy and support the bounty of artists, farmers and organizations; Strengthen community by purchasing locally grown and crafted. Gain vision and skills for local living:… Read More

Head for the apple orchard this weekend to PYO apples with your kids! It’s a fun way to learn about local food systems and a great excuse to follow up in the kitchen for lessons in the culinary arts! Here our reader recommend their favorite apple orchards in Western MA…

The Nut Butter Dilemma Alana Sugar writes: “The kids are heading back to school, and it’s time for packing up those lunchboxes. Of course, you want to pack something that’s easy, portable, fresh, healthy and tasty… oh, and also something the kids will love. Is peanut butter springing to mind for you? I know it does for me. Of course, I grew up when peanut butter was the only nut butter option… Read More

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Pears are coming into season soon. Do you know of a place families can PYO pears, or a farm stand to purchase fresh local pears? Share your favorite place to pick or purchase local pears! Heather Richardson wrote: I can’t wait to see what others say! I’d love to find local pears! I bought some from some guy on the side of the road last year! They were cheap… Read More

6th Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 On the Greenfield Town Common Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Sixth Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food on Sunday, August 22nd from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. All are welcome to join in sharing this truly community celebration event, which features a bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by… Read More

On behalf of the Old Creamery Co-op Steering Committee, Kimberly Longey of Plainfield, MA, writes: Greetings: Just 6 months ago we gathered in Cummington to launch the effort to transition the Old Creamery (Cummington, MA) into a community owned cooperative. Today we’ve reach a major milestone – we are now welcoming founding member-owners to join the Co-op! By joining now you will help us keep the momentum building and move us closer… Read More

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Is your garden or CSA loading you up with fresh veggies? Are the heirloom tomatoes coming in yet? What’s your families favorite summer dish made with fresh local produce? Marianne Bullock responds: Caprese salad – mozzarella basil tomatoes & salt and pepper! Nancy Cavillones responds: Farro salad with mozzarella and tomatoes, or feta and zucchini! Swansea Benham Bleicher responds: Braised kale (with tamari, garlic, and olive oil). Laura LeClair… Read More

The 9th annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend Just over the board in Brattleboro, Vermont, the first weekend of June is always Strolling of the Heifers weekend — three days of events packed with fun for the whole family, but with a serious purpose: connecting people with the food they eat, so that family farms in the region can survive. The weekend’s theme will be “Milk ‘n Jazz: A Moo-sical Extravaganza,” so… Read More

UPDATE: Read about CISA’s 2011 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide HERE. CISA’s 2010 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide Summer is almost here, and the bounty of locally grown produce and agricultural products continues to grow. Western Massachusetts farms are geared up to provide everything from asparagus and alpaca wool to zucchini and zinnias. But where to begin your search for the best that Valley farms have to offer? With the annual Locally Grown:… Read More

The Future of Agriculture: Forum & Film FARMING FORUM On Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 pm, CISA is hosting a Local Food and Agriculture Forum at the Northampton Senior Center (67 Conz Street) to discuss the important role consumers, farmers and local government play in supporting a healthy, sustainable and thriving local food system. Please join CISA staff, Rep. Steve Kulik (D-Worthington), Rep. John Scibak (D- South Hadley), Cris Coffin of American… Read More

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts writes: This Thursday, the State House will consider legislation that seeks to increase healthy and locally grown foods in schools across the Commonwealth. We need your voice now to encourage our Western Massachusetts representatives to support this bill. Children deserve healthy food choices at school! Click HERE to learn more and act now.

Links to Share & Learn About Hanukkah with the Family The History of the Dreidel The History of Hanukkah (video) Hanukkah Recipes Hanukkah Songs and Poems (blog) Send a Chanukah Ecard Cooking Latkes (recipe) History of Channuka (web site) Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights (curriculum) Make a Driedel (printable) Celebrating Hanukkah (web site) Dreidel Game (web site) Hanukkah Crafts for Kids (blog) How to Play Dreidel: Rules for the Popular Hanukkah Game… Read More

LISTEN NOW HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW Nutrition Episode WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Tuesday evening @ 7pm   04/01/08 PLAYLIST listen now | subscribe to free podcast | archived shows | contests   Mr. Ray – “Good To Eat” [Family Ride] Imagination Movers – “I’d Eat It Anyway” [Good Ideas] Kevin Kammeraad – “Dinner” [The Tomato Collection] Jamie Broza – “Snacks” [My Daddy is Scratchy] Scott… Read More

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