Seasonal sides with CISA

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) –  Use local ingredients to make amazing food this Thanksgiving and help support your local farmers. Devon Whitney-Deal, Local Hero Program Manager at CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and Jen Howard from Food For Strength told us more.

Have you been to the new North Amherst Atkins Farms at 113 Cowls Road? Now’s the time to check them out. Receive 10% off all produce November 19 – December 31. While you’re there grab your breakfast or lunch and check out their made to order gift baskets and daily specials. What could be a more satisfying gift than one from a local farm? December 1 – January 31 get a 10% discount on Brook’s Bend Farm’s beautiful Shetland rugs, blankets and yarn. Contact Suzanne to place an order or arrange a visit.

413-367-2281 or 

Click here to find more Buy Local ideas for the holidays.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
One Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield

Farming profitably continues to remain a challenge, though, due to rising costs, crop failure and poor weather, and fierce competition from the global food system. Buying local:

  • Keeps money in the local economy
  • Preserves family farms
  • Reduces oil-dependent transportation costs
  • Protects our local landscapes
  • Ensures that fresh, healthy food stays available and affordable to all

That’s why, since 1993, CISA has led the way in developing initiatives that support farmers, create strong markets for their products, and build a thriving agriculture economy here in western Massachusetts.

Giving Tuesday
All day December 1st – Give back to CISA to help support local agriculture in the Pioneer Valley

Buy a Community Membership

Atkins Farm
10% on all of produce purchases from now through December 31st

Brooksbend Farm
If you are a CISA member get 10% discount on rugs/yarn/blankets, now through January 31st

To learn more about CISA call (413) 665-7100 or visit


About CISA:
CISA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We began this work more than 20 years ago, and thousands of people in our region have contributed to our success and impact. More than 250 farms participate in our programs, and the number of residents who are committed to supporting local agriculture grows every day. Our Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® program, the longest-running agricultural buy-local campaign in the country, connects farmers and the community, improving farm business viability and enhancing the quality of life for residents across the region.




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