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Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape,
where a diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers is available to everyone,
and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by supporting our neighboring family farms.


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What we're thinking about.  What's happening.  What we are reading.

Berkshire Grown News & Events   March 2010
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MARCH MAPLE DINNER  
Monday March 22
make your reservations now 413-528-0041


Celebrate the first harvest of the growing season at The Red Lion Inn
 
tantalizing hors d'oeuvres and an extraordinary 5 course dinner created by celebrated Berkshire Grown chefs:
 
Kate Baldwin, Kate Baldwin Catering
Chris Bonnivier, Gala Restaurant and Bar
John Dudek, Bascom Lodge
Daire Rooney, Brix
Dan Smith, John Andrews Restaurant
Peter Platt, Old Inn on the Green
Host Chef, Brian Alberg, Exec. Chef at The Red Lion Inn

Beverages: Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Barrington Brewery

6 pm Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres ~ 7 pm Dinner Benefit for Berkshire Grown
$95 for Berkshire Grown Members, $120 for non-members
$65 for Berkshire Grown Farmers

Tickets to benefit Berkshire Grown are by reservation only: 413-528-0041
MARCH MAPLE DINNER... WHY?
 
maple tree and syrup buckets

1. Celebrate the arrival of Spring!  You've been cooped up inside too long.
2. Meet your farmers.  Meet your chefs.
3. Revel in all things maple.  This is our first local "crop" of the season.

4.  Support Berkshire Grown, the leading advocate for local agriculture in the Berkshire region.  85 local farms and 75 professional food buyers rely on the hard work of Berkshire Grown to...
- support and promote local agriculture as a vital part of a healthy Berkshire economy and landscape
- increase marketing opportunities for local farmers
- explore innovating
technology to increase the sales of local farmers
-be a clearing house of information, grant sources and educational opportunities for established and new farmers.  



maple tapping - trees

Meet your Maple Farmers by clicking here and choose maple syrup in the drop down menu: 
Maple Syrup on Map-o-licious

   5. It's just plain fun! 

Make your reservation today for the March Maple Dinner to support Berkshire Grown and all the good things we do!

413-528-0041
WHAT WE'RE READING

the Atlantic

THE GREAT GROCERY SMACKDOWN
 
By Corby Kummer

What happens when 16 critics, food bloggers and general food lovers gather for a blind
tasting of identical dishes made from the produce of Whole Foods ...vs. Walmart?  And what does say about the future of our food?

walmart produce

Photo credit: Eli Meir Kaplan


Fund Raising Event for Haitian Farmers - March 21st 

proceeds go to
Active Planners and Grand'anse

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Haitian farmer
Join farmer BEN DOBSON for a Haitian-inspired dinner, silent auction and talent show to raise money to establish a sustainable tree nursery, purchase tools, seeds, fertilizers and create jobs in the village of Duchiti.

Where: THE BRICK HOUSE PUB
When: March 21st, 6 pm
Admission:: $20

for more information contact Jade Carroll jadecarroll@gmail.com 917.549.1356
 
Do you want to support your local farmers? 
Sign up for a CSA!
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Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Now is the time to choose your CSA and here is a list of farms that offer shares:

 
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Event & Reading:  AMY COTLER, The Locavore Way

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Conversation and book signing with Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way; part of the free, award-winning public forum series Rest of the Story, moderated by Berkshire Living editor-in-chief Seth Rogovoy.

WHEN: April 11, 11:00 am
WHERE: The Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington
 

BG logoStay In touch!

Berkshire  Grown e-newsletter will come out twice a month, around the 1st & 15th, during the growing season and once a month during the winter.  Please send information to our new Outreach Coordinator Sheryl Lechner at sheryl@berkshiregrown.org, thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director;
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator
413-528-0041