03/19/2015 09:17 am ET Updated Mar 19, 2015

15 Delicious Reasons Western Mass Deserves Some Serious Food Cred

A list of the best culinary destinations in the world would probably not mention the Pioneer Valley, located in Western Massachusetts. With culinary powerhouse cities like New York City, Paris and Lima as competition, this small region is devoid of tourists and doesn't stand a chance of making it on the map. But it absolutely should.

The Pioneer Valley, which is made up of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, is heavily populated with farms. Small farms. Family farms. The kind of farms we hope our food comes from, even though we know it's usually grown on large industrial farms like you'd find in Arizona, where our winter lettuce is produced. These small family farms mean great ingredients, and an even greater sense of community. All of that translates into so many delicious things to eat.

While the fine dining scene might be lacking -- its restaurants cater mainly to the large college population -- the amount of good food to eat certainly isn't. Here are 15 reasons you're going to wish you lived in this part of the country.

Pioneer Valley Wins

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