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Around Amherst: Mobile Market brings fresh produce to the people

  • JANEL PARRISH



Staff Writer
Monday, June 13, 2022

AMHERST — Affordable and organic fresh produce are being brought to neighborhoods considered to be part of the town’s food desert through the Amherst Mobile Market.

Returning this week for its third season, and running through Oct. 22, the market will have four pickup sites, along with two boxed share delivery sites and four market share options.

Market locations are:

■Groff Park, 83 Mill Lane, on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

■Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road, on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

■Fort River Elementary School, 70 South East St., on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

■The East Hadley Road ValleyBike station on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shoppers can use cash, credit, SNAP, Senior Farmers Market coupons and other benefits.

The Amherst Mobile Market is overseen by the Amherst Mobile Market Planning Committee, convened by Healthy Hampshire staff at the Collaborative for Educational Services.

The project is funded through an earmark in the state’s American Rescue Plan Act budget for the next three years, as advocated by state Rep. Mindy Domb; and by Valley Grows Day donors, who provided $5,380 to support the market this season.  

Boxed share delivery is available to residents of Olympia Oaks and Butternut Farms as the market is piloting four different price points for farm shares, with signups through June 30.

Go to www.amherstmobilemarket.com and to www.healthyhampshire.org for more information.

Race Amity Day

Race Amity Day, annually observed on the second Sunday of June across the state, will be a virtual event in Amherst this Sunday afternoon.

Co-sponsored by the Amherst Town Council, the League of Women Voters of Amherst, the Interfaith Opportunities Network, the Baha'i community of Amherst and Citizens for Race Amity Now!, the event comes after the Town Council issued a proclamation this week citing the town’s 2020 resolution to eradicate racist practices in town government and “acting on its commitment to becoming an anti-racist town, invites individuals, communities, and neighborhoods, in appreciation of the beauty and richness of our diverse cultures and ethnicities, to strengthen bonds of respect, caring and amity between one another.”

The link is available at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83455817713, with the meeting ID 834 5581 7713 and the passcode 742079.

In addition to the virtual event, the 20 congregations and faith communities in the Interfaith Opportunities Network have been asked to make Race Amity a theme for weekend services, said Ash Hartwell, an organizer with Citizens for Race Amity Now!

Celebrity visits Hadley ice cream stand

An actress and singer best known for appearing in the television series “Pretty Little Liars” recently stopped by an ice cream stand in Hadley.

Janel Parrish was at Flayvors of Cook Farm on South Maple Street, where the business posted on Facebook a photograph of her holding an ice cream cone, alongside staff.

“It’s not everyday that you get to serve a scoop to someone you’ve watched on TV,” the post states.

Leverett education history

Leverett historians, community elders, educators and alumni of the Leverett Elementary School will offer reflections about education in town at an event Saturday at 1 p.m. at the community room and patio at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road.

The event, sponsored by the Leverett Education Foundation and Leverett Historical Commission, celebrates the publication of “10-to-1: Interviews with Leverett Scholars Who Attended One-Room Schoolhouses.” The book has stories from those who attended the various schools before a consolidated school opened in 1950. The reflections are based on interviews done by Leverett sixth graders during the 2017-2018 school year.

In addition to the presentations and conversations, the event will have interactive exhibits, refreshments and books for purchase.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road.

Pride Month event

The ABCs of LGBTQ+ will introduce key terms and concepts related to sexual orientation and gender identity during an interactive forum at the Jones Library’s Woodbury Room June 16 at 7 p.m.

Participants will receive practical knowledge and be encouraged to think about their own identities and experiences, as well as the experiences and issues shared by people with LGBTQ+ identities.

This program is presented by MassEquality and is free and open to the public.

Meetings

MONDAY: Town Council, 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 4:30 p.m., hearing on tree removals on McClellan Street.

THURSDAY: Jones Library Design Subcommittee, 10 a.m.