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This is Amazing!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Now the pumpkins are out and the corn is as high as can be, Mike Wisseman, owner of Warner Farm, one of the oldest and longest running family farms in New England, has yet again created one of the most extraordinary corn mazes in Massachusetts in his eight-acre field. It is just over the bridge into Sunderland at 23 South Main Street, and is open from 10-5 every weekend until November 3rd.

This year Mike and his son David have created a tribute to Dali – an image of his face best seen by hot air balloon. Now that’s a ride worth taking!

warner farm corn maze

 

 

 

Old Deerfield Fall Crafts Fair

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

cfpcThis weekend, September 21 and 22, the Old Deerfield Crafts Fair will be in the grounds of Memorial Hall on Memorial Street.  Called one of the most beautiful crafts fairs and chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the Top 20 Events in Massachusetts, this is a sweet event right here in town.

There is a wide array of juried crafts, but not so many you feel absolutely overwhelmed: theorems, jewelry, quilts, baskets, woodwork, pottery, soaps, music, dolls, bird feeders, teddy bears, purses, clothes… It is a feast for the eyes and Champney’s is open from 12 noon on for a bite to eat and to rest your fairgoer feet.

You can park at one of Channing Bete’s car parks on 5&10 and get a free shuttle in. The price of admission is only $6 and if you go to www.deerfield-craft.org you can download and print out a discount on admission.

Hours are 10-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday, and much of the cost of the admission ticket goes towards funding the Deerfield Teachers’ Center educational programs and Memorial Hall Museum, the oldest museum association in the country.

Honey of a Festival

Friday, September 6th, 2013

At Warm Colors Apiary on Saturday, September 21, from 10-4, come and celebrate our native pollinators – rain or shine. Dan and Bonita are the king and queen bee of Deerfield apiculture. Their bees feast on the pollen of Deerfield wild flowers; they make beeswax candles; delicious all natural honey; and their stacks of hives and supers are a beautiful sight.

The event is free and open to all who have an interest in #bees and beekeeping. Talk with county beekeepers, walk the Busy Bee nature trail, sample this season’s#honey, Green River Ambrosia‘s mead, and purchase a honey ice cream cone made by Beth Cook  with Warm Colors wildflower honey. Bring the family and a picnic, stay for an hour or for the entire day.

honey festival at Warm Colors Apiary

 

Let the Family Farm Renaissance Continue!

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Government regulation on family farms

Local produce at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market

Practicing sustainability is important to us, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because we believe our guests give us their loyalty for tackling something that is also relevant and important to them. Local restaurants such as Champney’s are the cornerstones of our community. We have a commitment to environmental and sustainable farming because social responsibility is rooted in our commitment to the community to sustain and improve the quality of well-being for all we serve.

Right now our area family farms are questioning the new food safety rules that federal regulators want to introduce that threaten to force small agricultural operations out of business.

One of the proposed rules, for example, is that farmers would not be allowed to apply manure to their fields at least nine months before harvest, meaning that, given the growing seasons in New England, they wouldn’t be able to use a field for one whole growing season.

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Clarkdale Orchards, Deerfield

The regulators are also proposing weekly tests on river water sources used for irrigation for any farm, such as our Deerfield Bars Farm or Clarkdale Farm, that harvest and then pack or hold their produce.

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The Bars Farm, Deerfield

The Bars has been in the same farming family since 1820, and Herb says action should be based on science, not on screwball ideas!

How sad it would be if the local family farms that have been growing food for generations, are brought down by the economic burden of regulations! We would not like to be obliged to buy from huge industrial farms thousands of miles away.