NORTHAMPTON Mass. (WWLP) – Farmers markets during the winter have truly come into their own here in Western Massachusetts.
“We’re lucky to have local food available all winter and there’s quite a variety.”
Western Massachusetts growers got together and formed a group called “Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture”. This weekend members found a welcoming clientele at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton.
Marc Rapanault told 22News, “We come up to Northampton regularly, we were just at a local store, we saw a sign saying a farmers market so I thought we’d check it out.”
With an abundance of home grown shoppers, the locally grown produce and other products flew off the shelves.
Dick Connor, owner of the red barn honey company of Northampton, said, “Honey is a naturally produced products and I’m in business here in the valley, I keep bees up and down the valley so It’s a local product, I’m a small local business.
The farmers growing winter fare make the rounds at key customer locations. Next Saturday they will be in Springfield at the old monkey house in Forest Park. The following Saturday they will be at the Amherst regional middle school.
The winter farmers markets continue enhancing their following at whichever venue they visit.