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PYO Guide

7/5/2017 |

Ahhhhh, summer. Time for sleeping late, lounging in the sun,  and of course eating fresh, local produce. We’ve put together a list of pick-your-own farms in the area - blueberries, raspberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins, oh my!Read More

Editors Note

7/5/2017 | Amber Wakley

Growing up most of my time was spent outside, especially in the summer months.  The warm weather was an invitation to explore, play and get dirty.  We were a horde of free-range kids, jumping from house to hous ...

Kombucha Basics

7/5/2017 | Amber Wakley
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“Welcome to my kitchen,” Crystal Morawitz says with a wide smile as she looks up from a boiling pot on her stove. “I’m making kombucha!” Hailing from Alaska and now living in the hills of Stafford Springs, both she and her partner [in crime], Rob Miltimore, ...

Authentic Fare

7/5/2017 | Amber Wakley

Central Mexico is a long way from Agawam, Massachusetts, but that’s not stopping the Diaz family.  The menu, conceived by Guerrero-born Jose Diaz and his mother Ana, is simple and authentic – featuring flavors indigenous t ...

Secret's In The Sauce

7/5/2017 | Amy White

Meet Gary and Larry McNeff, the masterminds behind Mac Brothers Gourmet Foods. In the 1930s, their mother’s father, E. W. Stevinson, owned a restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. Every day, grandpa would make a batch of his favorite barbecue sauce, and ev ...

More Than Just Mud

7/5/2017 | Amber Wakley

It’s the early morning hours on the New England Trail at Rising Corners Road in Agawam.  Gleaming dew droplets cling to blades of grass, shining like pearls in the warming sun.  Down a path of tussled gre ...

Second Chance Ranch

6/6/2017 | A

Cradled on a gentle crook of East Street against dense woodland and pristine farmland is a beautiful haven for both horses and humans. It’s incredibly peaceful; the serenity is interrupted only by whistling birds, a symphony of grasshoppers and the happy grunts of content hor ...

Built on Family

6/6/2017 | Amy White

Whenever I tell someone I work in Ellington, I am invariably faced with a look of puzzlement. “Ellington? Where’s that?”  “Between Vernon and Somers?” (This usually doesn’t help).

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On Target

6/6/2017 | Amber Wakley

With eyes narrowed and his bow drawn, 8-year-old Eli focuses his concentration to the center circle of a target just down range.  With the quick release of his first three fingers his arrow shoots; its fluorescent g ...

Pedal for Patients

6/6/2017 | Amber Wakley

Inspiration comes in many forms: nature, art, kindness, love, loss.  It’s being filled with the urge or ability to do or feel something; from the Latin word inspirare is to ‘breathe or blow into.’< ...

Turned & Sculpted

5/1/2017 | Fanceen Munson

Approaching the home of Rosanna Coyne, master woodworker, one starts to see neatly placed chunks, blocks, logs, and trunks of wood weathering and drying in the elements in Hampden, Massachusetts. Stepping into the federal style home that she designed, one realizes the incredible level of skill and artistr ...

It's About Thyme

5/1/2017 | Amy White

If you have ever driven up Route 83 in Somers heading toward Springfield, you are sure to have noticed a bright pink post and beam barn with a green door and white trim. It was built in 1830, and, like so many Connecticut Tobacco Valley barns, had hinged sideboards originally used for opening the barn to dry the tobacco that hung from its rafters. Today that barn is the home of Kassandra…It’s About Thyme…Herbs Unlimited, a unique shop owned by Katherine Mashiak, who grew up with the nickname Kassandra, or Kassy, for short. ...

Local Roots

5/1/2017 |

Amongst the sprawling acres of fields and greenhouses at E. Cecchi Farms, there’s more than just produce and plants rooting in, but also a long-standing family tradition of agriculture. Here, embedded in the soil is a rich tradition of timeless work and diligent farming practices, one that has been passed down through five generations. It began in 1946, when Erminio Cecchi left his father’s farm in Agawam, purchasing a forty acre plot to start his own business in Feeding Hills. Under the shade of a large maple tree, Erminio sold his yield and thus began a legacy of providing the community with fresh, local produce. ...

A Peachy Place to Be

5/1/2017 | Amber Wakley

This story begins at the home of Helene Pickett, who co-founded the beloved Wilbraham Peach Festival in August of 1985.  Positioned on the couch she begins to thumb through a plastic tote filled with saddle-stitched program books, pictures, ...

The Little Red Store

5/1/2017 | Amber Wakley

Situated on a precarious corner in the Stafford Hollow – the original center of town – there’s a little red store with a treasured history. The gable-ended building is draped with warm nostalgia and timeless charm; its rustic ambiance is a point of pride for locals and an intriguing stop for visitors. This is Mill Pond Country Store. Established in 1845, the country store has always lent itself as a local hub and the façade has gone nearly unaltered over the last 175 years (a true rarity for commercial buildings of this period). At its inception most arrived by horse and buggy, while others used furs in exchange for goods. And while some things have changed over the nearly two centuries, it has always been a place for community and conversation. ...

Born From the Heart

5/1/2017 | Amber Wakley

In the front yard of a modest ranch home in East Windsor you can hear a pleasant commotion inside; the warm breeze blowing inward exchanges itself with happy laughter tumbling out. Rainbow bits of thick chalk are sprinkled across the driveway and a downscaled plastic yellow wheelbarrow leans against its replica in the meticulously kept garden. Approaching the breezeway curious voices, chattering toddlers and even a few squeals escape through the screen door – this is the Dziadul Family. ...

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