Northampton is a place full of eclectic and interesting people from many different places.  Much of Northampton’s history closely resembles the colorful patches of the quilt that make up Northampton’s past and present.  When looking at history, particularly that of Northampton, it isn’t the seemingly large, famous events that make up the most significant part of history.  It is the small efforts made by the community of Northampton that have shaped the beliefs that this wonderful city holds dear.

                Being a part of the Pioneer Valley means that the people of Northampton understand the importance of farmers and their rights.  In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the economy took many hard hits and the farmers of Western Massachusetts felt this strongly.  This economic tension resulted in Shays’ Rebellion which began on August 21, 1786 and ended in 1787.  This was an armed rebellion led by Daniel Shays who was a Revolutionary War veteran.  During this rebellion they shut down county courts to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection.  In hard economic times it is always the small farms that seem to be impacted the greatest.  Today, Northampton holds two farmers markets, one on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays to show the town’s support for local agriculture and small farms.  Luckily, there are no longer armed rebellions such as the one led by Daniel Shays but instead there is a movement in Northampton to support local economies through events like farmer’s markets.

                Supporting local business is something that the people of Northampton stand strongly behind.  It’s a good feeling when you shop at a store or restaurant and know where your products are coming from as well as the people who are bringing you the products.  At Pride & Joy we have a selection of products made in the USA as well as some made locally to show our support for the U.S. economy.  We understand the importance of maintaining a sustainable economic system rather than supporting corporations that focus on the quickest, cheapest methods of production that often end in the exploitation of foreign labor and damage to the environment.  By continuing to support our local economies we can continue the rebellion that Shays began in Northampton over 200 hundred years ago.

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