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EDITOR'S NOTE

10/1/19 | G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor

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Even time worn phrases are actually true. “Everything old is new again” may be a cliché, but it’s an accurate one and one reflected by the stories in this issue of Go Local.

Take this issue’s story about a modern milkman and the efforts for the Oak Ridge Dairy of Ellington, CT, to market their fresh from the farm products.

Is the milkman a relic of a bygone time? Not any more!

As a kid growing up in Western Massachusetts, the milkman making his rounds was part of the local retail landscape. The distinctive truck, the glass bottles, the various other products he could supply to your door was nothing exceptional.

The milkman was part of a door-to-door sales culture. In my neighborhood in Sixteen Acres in Springfield, there were a number of people who sold their goods to individual homeowners. The neighbors across the street bought their potato chips from a company called Charles Chips that sold potato chips in large cans that were refillable.

A truck decorated in a beige color with the company’s logo would stop at the homes of subscribers to refill their chips. The company is still in business, although they don’t sell by trucks anymore.

When we moved to Granby, MA, there was a Hood milkman who made the rounds. He sold eggs and dairy products and introduced us to something that in 1967 was pretty exotic: yogurt. My mom treated it as a variation of pudding, although with fruit flavors, and would serve it as a dessert to us.

I’m happy to see the tradition of a milkman is taking a new form at this time when so many retail transactions are increasingly impersonal. This is a tradition worth reviving, especially when it is supporting local agriculture.

The butcher shop was also once a fixture in every American community and has been brought back with the Corsello Butcheria in Easthampton, MA. As a confirmed carnivore, I obviously need to make a trip to Easthampton soon to experience the shop for myself.

Nostalgia may run deep in me, but the story on Mallard’s Nest shows what is old to one person is a new discovery to another. The Stafford, CT. shop features furniture – some vintage, some restored, some new.

Speaking of supporting local agriculture, take a look at the local events page, as well as the Go Local Picks, for some fun activities. It’s corn maze season, as well as apple season. Test your sense of direction with one and enjoy the unofficial fruit of New England with others. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley. I love visiting that museum and secretly wish that trollies still ran in our cities.

Looking for a road trip? The Paradise City Arts Festival is well worth the visit. It has been a fixture at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA for the past 25 years. Hosting a curated group of 225 artists from around the nation, the festival has been a must-visit for thousands of people. The array of different works of art from a wide range of mediums is matched by a great selection of food in the festival dining tent.

As usual, this issue of Go Local shows a collection of the reasons why this region is such a rich one and now with the addition of EXPLORE Visitors Guide in the second half of this issue there are even more reasons to love it!

- G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor

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