YOU NOMINATEWE CELEBRATE

We are fortunate to live in a fertile valley where we enjoy the bounty of the local harvest and a bevy of culinary delights handcrafted by our entrepreneurial friends and neighbors. This year, we have teamed up with the River Valley Co-op to shine a light on the farmers, producers, and culinary creators who make up our vibrant local food system.

Join us in celebration as we recognize the local farmers and producers that you nominated onstage as part of our 2018 season. Each week we will debut short video profiles of our honorees (see below), and their products will be incorporated into a FREE tasting prepared by chefs from River Valley Co-op and shared with our festival audience. We hope you’ll join us in a round of applause for our local agricultural and culinary heroes.

Kitchen Garden Farm


Sunderland, Massachusetts

Kitchen Garden Farm is located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, the prime agricultural region of Western Massachusetts. The farm consists of 50 acres of rich river bottom soil with fields on both sides of the Connecticut River, in Sunderland and Whately.

Caroline and Tim started the farm in 2006 on 1 acre of rented land, and have expanded the farm greatly in recent years. Caroline and Tim are committed to growing healthy soils by cultivating a wide range of biodiverse crops, improving crop rotation and cover cropping.

Caroline, Tim, and the crew of The Kitchen Garden Farm grow over 40 varieties of hot peppers on their certified organic farm. Their famous sriracha hot sauce and salsas are a local favorite.

On 8/25 we honored Kitchen Garden Farm of Sunderland, MA as part our 2018 festival season. The video was shot and edited by Katy Moonan. Special thanks to Khalif Neville for improvising the score in this short video profile of Kitchen Garden Farm.

Riverwood Farm


Haydenville, Massachusetts

After some great experiences working on small farms in Western MA, Diego went for it and started growing on one acre in Haydenville. The owners of Valley View Farm were looking for someone to farm on this piece of land and make the farm stand a destination, so he jumped at the opportunity. Now, Riverwood Farm is in its first full season, yielding a wide variety of produce — tomatoes, salad mix, carrots, cucumbers, and lots more. Diego takes pride in bringing local, sustainably grown vegetables to area restaurants, caterers, River Valley Coop, and the Valley View farm stand at 16 Walpole Road, while making a living at the tough but rewarding farm life. He focuses on soil health by practicing no-till farming and applying lots of compost.

On 8/25 we honored Riverwood Farm of Haydenville, MA as part our 2018 festival season. The video was shot and edited by Katy Moonan. Special thanks to Khalif Neville for improvising the score in this short video profile.