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Residents at Tobin Manor in Florence create wreaths and holiday decorations.

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Grow Food Northampton is creating holiday joy

Food deliveries from local farms help families

The true centerpiece of a happy holiday season is delicious local food shared with loved ones. Everyone in our community, including those living with food insecurity, should be able to enjoy a festive holiday meal with beautiful farm foods, grown and raised right here in our abundant Connecticut River Valley.

Everyone can shop for local farm products (which also make great gifts) at Grow Food Northampton’s Winter Market every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center. December markets are on Dec. 2, Dec. 16 and Dec. 30. Those with SNAP benefits can double up to $10 at each market with Grow Food Northampton’s Snap Match program!

As in past years, this December, Grow Food Northampton will deliver curated holiday boxes filled with free local food for their holiday feast to hundreds of residents at nine low-income senior and disabled housing communities in Florence and Northampton Residents will enjoy a whole chicken, a variety of local seasonal vegetables, and extras like pie, cheese, eggs, and dairy products, purchased from at least ten farms in the Pioneer Valley. Alongside food deliveries, folks gather to celebrate with events like wreath-making and caroling.

Crafts, music, and cheer - three more ingredients for a special holiday season. 

Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all! Don't forget to eat local!

Recipe

Easy Apple Holiday Galette  

  • 3 big apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.

  • squeeze of lemon

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted

  • 1 puff pastry dough, thawed

  • 1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Toss sliced apples with a squeeze of lemon, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a big bowl, making sure to evenly coat each slice.

3. Carefully unroll the puff pastry sheet onto a floured baking sheet so it doesn't stick. Roll out the dough to a 12-inch circle.

4. Mound apple mixture in the center of the circle, and gently fold the edges of the dough up onto the apple mound.

5. Scramble one egg and add a splash of water. Brush the egg wash onto the top of the apple galette, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 40 minutes.

6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

  • Residents at Tobin Manor in Florence create wreaths and holiday decorations.
  • Grow Food Northampton’s Winter Market is the perfect place to shop for gifts.
  • Each year, Grow Food Northampton delivers free all-local holiday feast boxes to residents of Northampton’s low-income housing communities.
  • Easy Apple Holiday Galette