Local-Hero-buy-local-foodEsselon regularly buys, local products and services from area businesses and farms whenever possible.

Buying local supports a more sustainable food system because true sustainability goes beyond the methods used in food production to include every step that brings food from farm to plate.

People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It is fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for the local economy – buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business.

We are a member of CISA which has been instrumental in getting us in contact with local farmers.

Support CISA, check out their website.
CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)

Below is a selection of the local farms and businesses we work with as we bring our patrons the best quality food, beverages, and atmosphere.  Please consider these sources as you do your own part in a sustainable local economy.
Bashista Orchards and Cider Mill, Southampton, MA: Apple Cider, Apples, Rhubarb
Berkshire Brewing Co., South Deerfield, MA: Beer
Cabot Creamery, Montpelier VT: Cheeses, Sour Cream, Butter
Carando Foods, Springfield, MA: Deli Meats, Sausage
Crescent Moon Farm, Belchertown, MA: Grass Fed, Grass Finished Lamb
Enterprise Farm, Hadley, MA: Produce
High and Mighty Beer, Belchertown, MA: Esselon Espresso Beer
Liberty Orchard Landscaping, Belchertown, MA: Our Architectural Landscape Gardener
Mapleline Farm, Hadley, MA: Milk
Maple Valley Creamery, Hadley, MA
Moonrise Medicinal Tea, Montague MA: Herbal and Medicinal Teas
Nodines Smokehouse, Torrington, CT: Ham, Sausage
Old Friends Farm, Amherst, MA: Organic Mixed Greens, Organic Spinach, Organic Micro-greens, Organic Ginger
Opa Opa Brewing Co., Southampton, MA: Beer
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Monroe NH:  Organic Eggs
Polar Beverage, Worcester, MA: Seltzer
Sidehill Farm, Ashfield, MA: Yogurt
Southern New England Spice, Hadley, MA: Spices
Alligator Farm, Hadley
Chicoine Family Farm, Easthampton, MA Local Beef (Never Frozen)
Dave’s Natural Garden, Granby
Diemand Farms, Wendell MA:  Turkey
Gill Greenery, Gill
Green Meadow Farms, Northampton, MA: Produce
Lefty’s Brewery, Greenfield
Mapleline Farm, Hadley
Polar Beverage, Worcester
Next Barn Over, Hadley
Nodine’s Smokehouse, Torrington, CT
North Hadley Sugar Shack, Hadley
Red Fire Farm, Granby
Swartz Family Farm, Amherst
Town Farm, Northampton, MA: Produce
Woodstar Bakery, Northampton, MA: Freshly baked bread and pastries daily
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