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COVID-19: How & Where to Buy Local

Farmers are still open for business and here are some ways you can continue to source MassGrown food.

As we transition from winter farmers markets to spring markets, keep in mind that hours and locations have changed. It is important to check websites for updated information. Farmers are adapting their businesses for social distancing and taking measures to ensure the safety of consumers and their employees. 

MassGrown Map

We are updating the MassGrown map everyday and it continues to be your statewide source to find your closest farm, farmers’ market, CSA farm, and more. Our map includes information on farms that offer delivery and curbside pick-up. It is very important to check farm websites or contact them directly to see if their hours have changed. 

Looking for local seafood options? We have aquaculture farms on the map, and a link to Find a Seafood Retail Location near you.

Curbside Pick-up and Delivery Options:

Looking for a list of local food delivery options? Mass Farmers Markets Association has a comprehensive list of delivery services for accessing local food across the state. Some delivery services accept SNAP benefits. 

Farm direct deliveries: We now offer a new map link to farms that deliver, or offer mail order, from fruits and vegetables, to maple syrup, honey, plants, flowers and more!

The Spring is the best time to look at signing up for a CSA farm share. Using our map, you can find a CSA farm near you.  Many are now coordinating safe curbside pick up schedules for you. Click here to learn more about how CSA farms work.

The Boston Public Market and the new Worcester Public Market might be closed inside, but both are offering new options for pickups and deliveries.

Edible Boston offers "Delivery, Curbside, Shipping—An Ongoing List: How You Can Support Local Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Stay Safe Yourself ".

The Massachusetts Cheese Guild has produced a new link of cheese producers who ship cheese directly to consumers, or can pre-pack orders for pickup or delivery with safe distancing. 

MSFA Members Offering Online Ordering During and After the Pandemic

Looking for resources by region?

Whether you are in the Berkshires or on Cape Cod, there are organizations working hard to continue to connect residents with local food.

Berkshires

If you’re in the Berkshires, check out Berkshire Grown’s list of ways to Support Local Farms from a Distance

Boston Area

Sustainable Business Network (SBN) has launched a directory of local businesses that remain open for business during the health crisis. 

Cape Cod and the Islands

Cape Cod Buy Fresh Buy Local offers their Covid-19 Food Access page. It includes Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, Ordering Online, Restaurants, Food Service, and more.

Sustainable Cape has compiled a list of ways to Connect with your Local Grower during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Island Grown Initiative partners with the food equity network and works with the MV Community Services groups to provide a list of food access resources on Martha's Vineyard. 

Central Mass.

Central Mass Grown offers Food Access during COVID-19, a guide to local food resources in the heart of state. The Worcester Food Hub is offering a local food pick-up opportunity for Worcester area residents. Maker to Main in Worcester can help fill your pantry with fresh, locally crafted and curated foods, by ordering online for convenient curbside pickup. 

Northeastern Mass.

Northeast Harvest offers their COVID-19 Open Farms webpage with open farms, farmers' markets, CSAs and more! Visit their website for more information. 

Southeastern Mass.

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) has compiled a list of farm businesses, delivery options, and ways to shop for local food in southeastern Mass.  

Pioneer Valley

Local farms, restaurants, and other businesses in the Pioneer Valley are responding quickly to new recommendations and concerns related to the spread of coronavirus. Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture (CISA) is capturing new systems that they are setting up to sell to customers and closures as we hear about them.

Contact us if you find resources in your area that you would like to share!

Food Resources and Support

Find food assistance: During this crisis, many individuals and families find themselves suddenly needing help getting food. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and find out what programs might be available to you. Get started here.

The Department of Transitional Assistance has created a webpage outlining how to access key services, including SNAP, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Bread's Toll-Free Food Source Hotline remains an important source of community-based information on school meals, elder meal programs and SNAP. Call the hotline at TTY 1-800-377-1292 available from Monday - Friday (8 A.M. - 7 P.M.) and on Saturday (10 A.M. - 2 P.M.).

You can also find information on the Healthy Incentives Program and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. These programs offer access to fruits and vegetables through SNAP, WIC and Elder Affairs.

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