The project will build capacity, address market challenges, provide an ongoing support network to farmers market managers, increase customer volume and sales, and ultimately contribute to economic development in the region.
If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.
It may be a challenge with no losers, but Pittsfield wants to win it.
The city kicked off its mayor's fitness challenge, a friendly competition with the city of North Adams. Residents in each city are asked to track health and fitness goals, earning points for such things as attending a farmer's market, eating healthy foods, and exercise. The city whose residents gain the most points wins the challenge.
Even with efforts to continue the Adams Farmers Market privately this summer, the new organizers could not garner enough support from vendors.
The group posted on its Facebook page this week that because it could not get any farmers or vendors to commit to the market, the market will be canceled this summer.
The town has gotten a big payback for going green: $166,865 Green Communities check from the state to undergo clean energy and energy efficiency projects.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco presented the "big check" to the Selectmen at Wednesday's meeting.
The Adams farmers market is folding after three summers at the Visitors Center.
Town officials don't want to be responsible for running the summer operation anymore, but say they will provide support if a group wants to take it over.
The farmers' market will take place this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 2 in Great Barrington. About two dozen farmers, food artisans and activists will be there with beets, carrots, garlic and onions, greens including kale, mushrooms, potatoes, winter squashes, turnips and other root vegetables.
"We'll be selling lettuce heads, mesclun mix, mustard mix, braising mix, arugula, pac choi, and spinach, which we grow in an unheated greenhouse, along with vegetables grown in our field under low tun