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Roots Rising’s mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming. Their vision is to lift up teens as community changemakers and to strengthen the local food system through the transformational power of meaningful work in Berkshire County.

Roots Rising has two main initiatives: their Youth Crews and the Pittsfield Farmers Market. The market's closure has had a huge economic effect on their farmers. It’s also a strike against food security for their low-income neighbors.

So, with generous emergency funding and support from many community organizations they have launched a Virtual Farmers Market. You can now order food online from a variety of farmers and food producers and have it delivered right to your door - Berkshire county-wide!

Roots Rising co-directors Jess Vecchia and Jamie Samowitz joined us.

Melons are among the world’s most important vegetable crops. The new book "The Melon" is produced by Amy Goldman in collaboration with celebrated photographer Victor Schrager over the course of nine years. "The Melon" follows "Melons for the Passionate Grower," published in 2002. In the intervening years, Goldman has grown as a gardener and has learned a lot more. She has taken advantage of recent research findings that informed her thinking on crop history and best cultural practices.

Amy Goldman is a gardener, author, artist, and well-known advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission is to celebrate and catalogue the magnificent diversity of standard, open-pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation.

Amy Goldman will be at The Rhinebeck Farmers Market on Sunday, September 15 signing her book and discussing melon.

       A venerable farmers’ market in western Massachusetts is going through some changes as it ages.

Large parking area looking towards lake and marina that city council is considering for Farmer's Market relocation
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The largest portion of Plattsburgh’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative funds target the Durkee Street parking lot.  At one end of the 3.4-acre site, there is currently a year-round farmers’ market that would be relocated under the developer’s proposed plans.  During last week’s Common Council meeting, the city’s representatives took a walking tour of a potential site for the market.

Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market Zack Metzger
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The Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market is set to move outside on Saturday, May 4 to mark its 20th season. Spending the winter months inside the Troy Atrium in the city’s downtown, the market will now offer more than 100 vendors for its estimated 10,000 weekend visitors. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit to a farmers market in Poughkeepsie Monday. It provides access to fresh and healthy foods in a high-poverty, urban area. Gillibrand was there to demand an investigation into a move by the USDA to end processing of SNAP payments at farmers markets.

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Summer has officially arrived and farmers markets are in full swing in the WAMC region. Joining us on Food Friday is Liz Comitale, the manager of the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market. Vendors Dale Ila Riggs of The Berry Patch and Jess Garritty of Collar City Cold Pressed Juice are also in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

If you're looking for things to do now that the warm weather is here, consider adding Troy to your summer bucket list.  The Collar City has released a long list of events.

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The Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture toured three farms in Berkshire County Wednesday to see how the region’s farm-to-table community and economy have been growing. 


               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

             More information about the fund can be found at the website:

This is a basket of carrots
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Connecticut agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers' markets is grown in-state.

  Memorial Day marks the start of many of the region’s farmer’s markets – or at least the start of their outdoor markets. Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York, as well as the farm’s owner, Carol Clement. They’re going to walk us through how to make the most of a trip to your local farmer’s market.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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With spring upon us, a handful of area farmers markets and gardening groups are in the running for grants to help them expand their programs.

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A staple of Saturday mornings in the Collar City, Troy’s popular downtown farmers market will not be moving to its proposed new home on River Street after all.

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The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is offering low-income senior citizens and WIC recipients double their money at the weekly fair.

  Berkshire Grown will host its first Winter Farmers’ Markets on January 17 and February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, MA. These events are an extension of the organization’s Holiday Farmers’ Markets, which enjoyed record attendance this past November and December. These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region.

Here to tell us more is Suzy Konecky who manages the creamery at Cricket Creek Farm – her job includes cheese production, inventory, marketing and sales.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A year-round farmers’ market in has been launched in downtown Albany.

The farmers’ market at SUNY Plaza comes under Governor Andrew Cuomo's FreshConnect program, giving area farmers the opportunity to market their produce locally. It's also designed to bring fresh food to communities.


The latest USDA agriculture census data for Massachusetts, released earlier this month, shows farmers weathered the Great Recession as total agricultural sales held steady.  Direct sales to consumers jumped 14 percent between 2007 and 2012.  The growth in direct sales by local farms in western Massachusetts during the five year period mirrored the statewide increase.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke about the report with Philip Korman, executive director of Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.

Thinking of growing some veggies in your garden? Want to know how to cook with what you grow and what you find at the farmers’ market? You’re in luck. We have some folks who can answer your questions. 

Happy Food Friday folks! Spring has sprung, maybe? It’s time for the spring harvest—berries, rhubarb, asparagus and more! 

Joining us on this Food Friday is Chef Adam Zieminski of Café Adam, Jennifer Jennings of the Schenectady Greenmarket, and Monica Kurzejeski of the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

 The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market's Monica Kurzejeski shares her tips for navigating and making the most of your local farmers' market.

Food Friday: Farmers' Market Tips

Jan 9, 2014

The Schenectady Greenmarket's Jennifer Jennings shares her tips for navigating and making the most of your local farmers' market.

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The Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association recently reached an agreement with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to hold its Saturday morning market at the Saratoga Spa State Park during the winter season.

Beginning November 2nd, the Saratoga Farmers Market will be held at the Lincoln Baths, an historic building off South Broadway.

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

John Andrews

A Western Massachusetts restaurant is receiving some international recognition for its devotion to local products.

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Sees Growing EBT Use

Aug 18, 2013
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By 10 on a recent Saturday morning, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market was already busy.  The market partners with SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.  Open Saturdays, the farmers market takes place at the convergence of River and Third Streets in downtown Troy, an area that, like many urban centers, features more convenience stores and eateries than markets.   Shoppers looking for an alternative to otherwise limited options can find organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, locally-produced meat, fish, and dairy, in addition to prepared foods from neighborhood businesses,


The Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts.  The money will fund several efforts aimed at improving access to healthy eating and physical activity.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.