Neighbors: County farmers markets open and ready for business

Kayla Jacob,23,of Greenfield selects some plants from the table of the Johnson Farm of Deerfield ,which is run by Bob and Janice Johnson on Hoosac road. Saturday's opening day at the Greenfield Farmers Market was joined by the Allen Block Party nearby and made for a very lively morning at the Town Common.

rop  11/4/30  Geoff Bluh

Kayla Jacob,23,of Greenfield selects some plants from the table of the Johnson Farm of Deerfield ,which is run by Bob and Janice Johnson on Hoosac road. Saturday's opening day at the Greenfield Farmers Market was joined by the Allen Block Party nearby and made for a very lively morning at the Town Common. rop 11/4/30 Geoff Bluh Purchase photo reprints »

Hello neighbor.

It’s that time of year again! Farmers markets are opening throughout the county, and I for one am excited.

Grandson Justin and I like to visit at least two or three different ones each year for the strawberries, blueberries, greens and, of course, the chocolate chip cookies.

This year Justin and I will invite my daughter Christina to bring the twins. Owen and Travis are 20 months old now and are on their feet and all over the place. So that trip ought to be lots of fun.

We all love farmers markets for the fresh, local, organic produce and other local products, but I’ll bet you have questions, just as I, that you never have time to ask when you’re there.

For instance, why does organic taste so much better to some people? How much work does it take local farmers to grow the crops they sell at the markets? Who are those neighbors that spend every Saturday morning or Thursday afternoon visiting their favorite and stocking up for the week?

I will venture out to some of the markets I haven’t been to and find those answers and more. Maybe Justin, Owen and Travis will let me share their picks for the “best” chocolate chip cookies being sold at local farmers markets.

There are farmers markets in Ashfield, Bernardston, Charlemont, Conway, Greenfield, Northfield, Orange, Shelburne Falls, Shutesbury and Turners Falls. I’m living in Northfield now, so I’ll be checking out that one.

Visit those towns’ websites for more information about each or call CISA at 413-665-7100.

PUBLICIZE YOUR SUMMER EVENTS for free in The Recorder’s Summer Valley Guide, which covers the period from June 4 through Labor Day. Send your information by May 20 to Chris Harris by calling 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at:

ALSO, LET READERS KNOW when you are open this summer by calling Chris Harris with information about hours, special exhibits and events for the newspaper’s Summer Valley Guide. The deadline is May 21, so call 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recordercom.

THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF FRANKLIN COUNTY and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice invite the public to attend the 14th annual Peacemaker Awards Program on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s main campus. Some of our young neighbors will be honored for the work they do to promote peace and justice in our community and the wider world.

THE GREENFIELD GATEWAY SCULPTURE COMMITTEE will hold a planting party to enhance the “Brookie” sculpture park that was installed on Deerfield Street in Greenfield, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will plant 50 trees and bushes on the site. The party is part of the overall plan to improve the park area.

For more information or to volunteer, call 413-773-0228 or email:

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is serving a roast pork dinner on Saturday at 6 p.m. to benefit the church at 25 Church St. in Greenfield. The menu will include roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, a vegetable, green salad, rolls and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 10. There will be door prizes.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended at 413-772-0344, but walk-ins are welcome.

BRIDGE OF FLOWERS PLANT SALE will be held at Trinity Church’s Baptist lot on Main Street in Shelburne Falls on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. It includes plants from the bridge, as well as other spots around town. There will be vendors selling tools, propagated wildflowers, garden-related art, books and local crafts. Jazz up your garden with a healthy plant that comes from the bridge visited by thousands of people each year.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DRIVING? Nekke Ragoza will bring her extensive driving-related expertise to help all who have a question on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Is your teen ready to get his or her permit? Do you have a parent or grandparent who should not be driving? GSB will serve light refreshments at the event, which is free and open to the public.

NORTHFIELD SCHOOL CARNIVAL AND FUN RUN, organized by the Northfield Elementary School PTO, will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a Northfield Elementary School at 104 main St. behind the school. The Fun Run is for kids in grades kindergarten through 6 and is a half-mile run down Main Street. Arrive before 9 a.m. to register. The race theme is superheroes. Kids are encouraged to dress up.

The carnival starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be game and craft and food booths and DJ Tom Mayo will provide music. There will be a bake sale and a bounce house, also.

For more information, email:

THE BONE FROG CHALLENGE, a tough obstacle course, will be hosted at Berkshire East ski area in Charlemont on Saturday. Go and watch entrants overcome more than 36 obstacles designed by U.S. Navy SEALS. For more information, visit:

SHELBURNE FALLS TROLLEY MUSEUM is recruiting volunteers to help with its trolley car operations and is holding a training on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the museum at 14 Depot St. No experience is necessary. Lunch will be provided for all who attend.

For more information, call Sam Bartlett at 413-624-0192 or visit:

FRONTIER REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Class of 1964 is having two reunions this summer, one in Vermont and the other here in Franklin County. The local reunion will be held June 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The cost is $20. There will be food, fun, prizes and surprises. If anyone attending is originally from Whately and South Deerfield and has class pictures from grammar school, please bring them.

Please let Carol Zimnowski Griss by June 1. Call her at 413-665-2327.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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