Food & Drink
Northampton has more types of food than countries you’ve visited, right here in Western Massachusetts. From fresh and healthy organic breakfasts to pre-concert cocktails to late night munchies, you will always find something to fulfill your cravings. Check out what’s on the dining scene below.
Local Restaurants & Eateries
Godard’s Red Hen Farm started growing apples and keeping a couple bee hives in 1984. It has expanded since to growing more apples, blueberries, grapes and managing our own apiary and a few out yards for our bees. There was a time when the four Godard children were working the land with us (usually not by choice), when we had chickens and sheep. Now our focus is fruit.
The winery was added to the farm in 2010. A dream come true for owners Larry and Sue Godard. We started with 50 cases of wine and a few varieties. We have grown to producing over 1400 cases a year. In addition to enjoying our wines at the winery, you can find our wines in a number of stores, mainly in the Springfield/Northampton area. Although, we do have our wines in one location in Boston and one in Sturbridge MA. See the Stores page on this web site for details on the stores and restaurants where our wines can be purchased.
Larry and Sue have worked hard to build this small family farm and winery. Larry has been making wine since the 1990’s and like his grandfather (Antonio Pepe from Springfield, MA) enjoyed crafting wine and sharing it with family and friends.
Our motto is “Wines to please all palates”. We produce about 15 different wines. You can find dry full bodied red and white grape wines as well as softer reds & whites. We produce fruit wines from the fruit from our farm and other local sources. Our fruit wines are: Apple Wine, Ice Apple Wine and Blueberry Wine. We also produce Mead (honey wine) from the honey from Sue’s apiary.
In season, you will be able to purchase apples, sweet apple cider, blueberries and honey from our store. Sue also makes some amazing hand creams and lip balms from the bees wax from her hives.
To answer the question that we are asked most often: no we do not have chickens, nor do we sell eggs (although we used to). We named the farm “Red Hen Farm” after the children’s story titled “The Little Red Hen”, because like her we did it ourselves.
Artifact Cider Project's taproom is located on-site at our state-of-the-art production cellar in Florence, Massachusetts. We chose the Pioneer Valley as our permanent home for the area’s proximity to our agricultural partners. Located just off of the Mass Central Rail Trail bike path that connects Florence to Northampton, Easthampton, Hadley, and Amherst, our taproom features up to 14 tap lines with our ciders, as well as special cellar projects, cider punch, and occasional guest collaborations.
We have partnered with Wheelhouse on the taproom food program, which features a limited menu of seasonal flatbreads and snacks. Wheelhouse is a catering and events company from Amherst, Massachusetts, that makes fresh farm food, prepared from scratch, and is co-owned by Jake Mazar, one of our co-founders.
Artifact Cider Project produces craft cider in a variety of styles by respecting tradition, but refusing to let it limit us. Using local apples and innovative cidermaking practices, we create ciders that are as authentic, eclectic, and forward-looking as the region they come from.
At Progression everything starts within our taproom walls. This special brewery that we call home is a place for our community to gather, and it is this community that keeps us constantly striving towards progress. This starts with the quality beer we make, but it doesn’t stop there. Our mission is to enjoy the journey of progress in all aspects of what we are involved in; business, family, community and humankind. We believe that by providing our community with creativity, positivity, sustainability and exploration that we will continue to put the progress in Progression.
Life is a Progression, enjoy the journey!
BLDG 8 Brewing is a micro brewery located within the heart of The Baystate Village in Northampton, Ma. We are committed to creating a quality product with a hop forward presence. BLDG 8 Brewing is owner and operated by O'Brian and Meghan Tomalin.