Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Updates

During these difficult times, our top priority remains the health and well being of our community. We are committed to doing our part to slowing the transmission of the coronavirus, and will be complying with all local, state and federal recommendations. Our program updates are as follows:

Youth Crews: Our Spring Farm Crew 2020 is now cancelled. Market Crew will be suspended until the Pittsfield Farmers Market is back in session. We will update this page when we have made a decision about our Truck Crew and Summer Farm Crews. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Our April 11th market is cancelled. We will update this page when we have made a decision about our May markets. 

In addition, we are launching a Virtual Farmers Market! Like everyone else, we have been reeling from the sudden changes to day-to-day life and the immense community need that has emerged over the last couple of weeks. With our Youth Crews and Pittsfield Farmers Market currently shut down, we have been focusing on assessing needs and deciding how we can best be of service.

 

We know that our market closure has a huge economic effect on our farmers. It’s also a strike against food security for our low-income neighbors, many of whom rely on our Market Match to make fresh and healthy food affordable. In addition, many elderly or otherwise high-risk individuals are unable or afraid to leave their homes to get food.

So with generous emergency funding and support from Berkshire United WayBerkshire Taconic Community FoundationBerkshire Agricultural Ventures, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, we are launching a Virtual Farmers Market. You will be able to order food online from a variety of farmers and food producers and we will deliver it right to your door!

 

We will be offering Market Match to those with SNAP benefits, as well as those who do not qualify for SNAP but who have lost their jobs or have reduced income due to the pandemic. The Virtual Farmers Market will provide income to our hardworking farmers and fresh, affordable food to our community. We are working as fast as we can to get this set up and ready to launch. Stay tuned for more details!

For any questions, please contact us at info@rootsrising.org. We are grateful for the support of our community and we look forward to brighter days ahead!