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Canning relish at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center on Wells Street in Greenfield are Jessica Tudryn Wisniewski and Mary Cichanowicz, in back, putting the labels on Relish The Harvest cans.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community Farm and the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center got to see some of the high-school farm workers hired for the summer, sampled …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy Yee, general manager of real estate and development for Johnny’s Diner LLC, said Thursday that …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s president, Judy Herrell, said Tuesday. Herrell plans to begin building a custom kitchen in October …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

A delicate boardwalk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …

Lia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram to relocate to former site of Lia Kia on King Street in Northampton

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will relocate to the former site of Lia Kia of Northampton at 263 King St. The Lia Auto Group, founded in 1977 by William Lia Sr., who runs the company with his sons Michael, Bill and Vincent, decided to no longer …

UPDATED: Lia shifts Chrysler car lines to former Kia site on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lia Kia has closed its Northampton dealership and the company that ran it will relocate another dealership to the 263 King St. site. Lia Auto Group, founded in 1977 by William Lia Sr., who runs the company with his sons Michael, Bill and Vincent, decided to …

State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and …

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and …

Taste of Amherst begins Thursday for 24th year

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Town Common will be filled with food vendors, music and children’s activities when the Taste of Amherst begins Thursday. Now in its 24th year, the food festival will feature 21 area restaurants bringing their signature …

Safety regulators link Takata air bags to another death

Friday, June 12, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. regulators have confirmed that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was involved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana , connecting the defective air bags to a seventh fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it examined the car Kylan …