Rising nearly 700 feet above the Connecticut River valley, Sugarloaf Mountain has seen many changes in the area over the last 300 years.
In recent times, businesses have popped up along busy Routes 5 and 10. One of them has been Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.
"We have about 4000 free flying butterflies in our conservatory every day of the year," said Kathy Fiore with Magic Wings.
Fiore said that at times, her guests related to the butterflies.
"Just when a caterpillar thought it's world was over, it turned into a butterfly. My favorite part about all of that is 'hope'...find this as a very serene peaceful location where they can relax, sit for the day, and enjoy it in here. It's quiet and calming," Fiore explained.
Another local business that is buzzing with activity is Warm Colors Apiary. Dan and Bonita Conlon's bees help to pollinate farm lands and orchard within about 50 miles of Deerfield.
"They pollinate at least 80 percent of our crops, so it's important to our food. They are the only insect that we get a food from. You know that if you're a honey lover, that it's a wonderful food," said Bonita Conlon.
Berkshire Brewing Company has called Deerfield home for the last 24 years.
"I think what we do is well is make great beer and we try really hard to take care of our customer base and to take care of our community," said Jason Hunter with Berkshire Brewing.
When Berkshire Brewing started, only 500 micro-brews existed around the country. Now, over 2,800.
"The positive is there is more good beer to drink. If you like good beer, it's a great time to be alive." added
Berkshire Brewing hopes to be a part of the Deerfield fabric for a long time.
"I hope we just keep plugging along and staying true to ourselves, making great beer," Hunter explained.
History runs deep in Deerfield and that's no more true than at Historic Deerfield. Twelve historic homes of early New England life make up one of the best documented small towns in America.
"We all came from somewhere. This country was settled by people with all sorts of hardships when they were coming to America. Those values that helped to found the town can be translated across time," said Laurie Nivison with Historic Deerfield.
Protecting the past for the future.
"That mission to preserve that history and to share it with people here in western Mass. and all across the country is really what drives us to preserve Deerfield," Nivison added.
Western Mass News wanted to help, so along with Diamond RV and Big Y, $500 was donated to Historic Deerfield to help their mission continue.
Each day on Better Western Mass at 12:30 p.m., we are broadcasting live from these towns. We invite you to come visit, say hi, get a free-t-shirt, snap a selfie, and watch as we feature some of these small businesses and must-do locations.
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