South Deerfield, Mass: The Joy of Small Town Living

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The village of South Deerfield has so many shops and businesses, I hardly ever have to leave.

The village of South Deerfield has so many shops and businesses, I hardly ever have to leave my town.

Sometimes I think about my life and realize it’s kind of a throwback to an earlier time.  Here’s why. 

I do almost everything without leaving my small New England village.  I love it. Here is what I can do in South Deerfield with a minimum of driving and never, ever a traffic jam or parking problem.  This is a great recipe for a stress-free life. 

I work at home, so my commute is simply a few steps down into my lower floor offices.  Snow days present no problems, and there’s always time to do the laundry.

My doctor’s office is right in the village, and so is the blood lab where I can get my blood drawn before appointments.

I shop for hardware, electrical, plumbing, and lumber at the Leader Home Center in the village.

I got my haircut at Kim’s salon, which is located in my old office space in the village.

If I have to ship a package, I can pop over to the UPS depot, a mile away in Whately.

My dentist, Jared Reid, of Sugarloaf Dental, is right on the town common.

When I need a prescription filled, I ride my bike to Bob Fedenkenvetz’ Deerfield Pharmacy, where I can also get town gossip along with my medications.

If I want organic vegetables, I drive a very short distance up Route 5 to the Atlas Farm Store, where a $90 purchase gets me a card with $100 value.

For my daily exercise habit, I jog around the streets of the village or down the hill and across the Sunderland bridge.

If I want a good, healthy, organic pizza, or even a gluten-free pie for Mary, I drive a short way to Hillside Pizza, on Routes 5 &10, five minutes tops.

If I want a great burrito, or a quick slice, I pop into Primo’s Pizzeria and it’s fast and fresh.

For car repair, I have Richard’s Automotive, in town, or Nate Zononi just a mile down Route 5. Between the two of them, there’s nothing they can’t fix.

And now there’s a new Italian Restaurant opening up in the village called Gianni Fig’s. I hope to become a customer there soon too.

When I wanted a big renovation and addition done, I called Lance at Haydenville Woodworking and Design, in nearby Whately, and I’ve worked with Steven Mizula, another Deerfield based builder.

For a soft serve ice cream treat, I can walk to Southern Barbecue, which still has the machines from Hillside Creemee. When they re-open soon this spring, I’ll be able to get a brisket sandwich or some pulled pork too.

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Max Hartshorne
Max Hartshorne has been the editor of the travel website since 2002. Over the past decade, he has had the privilege of working with writers and publishing travel articles about nearly every country in the world. He has also been a consistent world traveler, writing hundreds of his own travel stories and posting daily blogs from the 10 or more yearly international trips he takes around the world.

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