UMass bringing fresh produce to Big Y

Produce will be available at Big Y's Amherst and Northampton locations

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – For the first time, UMass Amherst is partnering with Big Y to bring fresh summer crops to your local supermarket. 22News is working to show how student farmers are making it all possible.

22News visited the UMass student farm in South Deerfield on Friday. It’s there where a team of more than a dozen students works to grow fresh produce.

The student farm is in its 8th year, but this is the first time they are partnering with Big Y in a farm to table program. The students grow 36 organic fruits and vegetables varieties, everything from squash and broccoli, to watermelon and cantaloupe. You’ll be able to buy that fresh produce at the Big Y’s in Amherst and Northampton.

Farm Manager Amanda Brown told 22News, “The Amherst store is only about 8 miles away from here. I think the Northampton store is probably close to 10. That’s pretty local. The students are really passionate about being part of this local healthy food system.”

“Eating stuff that I grow myself makes me very happy. To know that there are hundreds of other people eating it is great,” said UMass student farmer Eli Bloch.

Big Y says it’s a partnership they plan on continuing for years to come.

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