When you think of tobacco, you probably think of big plantations in the south and mid-Atlantic, not the lush valleys of southern Vermont, and western Massachusetts and Connecticut. But “Connecticut Shade Tobacco” is indeed a thing and thrives in the Connecticut River valley. Last weekend I found myself in Westfield, MA in Western Massachusetts and took this shot of tobacco drying in one of the dozens of tobacco barns that populate the countryside. This specialty tobacco is exported all over the world for use in bindings and wrappers for premium cigars.