Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm.

Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at the West End Pub in Shelburne Falls, where the cattle were raised 5 miles away, at the Foxbard and Wheel-View farms in Shelburne Center.

On the two days, 54 Pioneer Valley restaurants will celebrate the local bounty with special dishes and meals using locally grown ingredients.

“Local Hero restaurants have supported local agriculture for years, and their support just keeps growing,” says Devon Whitney-Deal, Local Hero member services coordinator for CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture).

“We have more restaurants participating in the event this year, and we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of money restaurants have spent on local farm products.”

In the past year, she said, restaurant owners have spent at least $2 million on local farm products, serving at least 80,000 meals per week in this region.

This is CISA’s 11th annual Local Hero Restaurant Days, and those who eat at participating restaurants will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Wilder Hill Gardens nursery in Conway or to Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow.

“Local Hero” CISA-member restaurants in Franklin County include: The Alvah Stone, Montague; Blue Heron Restaurant, BridgeSide Grill and Bub’s BBQ in Sunderland; Chandler’s Restaurant, and Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern in Deerfield; Hillside Pizza in Bernardston and Deerfield; Elmer’s Store in Ashfield; The Gill Tavern and Wagon Wheel in Gill; the Farm Table at Kringle Candle, Bernardston and the Whately Inn.

The following Greenfield restaurants are also Local Hero members: Hope and Olive, Magpie, People’s Pint and Taylor’s Tavern.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: SOME INFORMATION IN THIS STORY HAS CHANGED FROM AN EARLIER EDITION)

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