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News & Events June 2010
Enjoy Berkshire Grown Restaurant Week Sunday June 6th through June 10th!

Fabulous three course dinners for the crazy price of $25.10 per person (+ gratuity and tax) featuring locally grown food! Each Berkshire Grown member card is good for two dinners each of the nights of Restaurant Week, you can join at the restaurants.
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Please call ahead to find out when they are open and make reservations. You should also ask about the special menu in case you have dietary restrictions. We want you and the restaurants to enjoy restaurant week so please call ahead so that you find out what you need to know.  Remember to be generous when tipping your servers!


at BIFF, the Berkshire International Film Festival 
Sun, Jun 6 - 11:30AM at The Triplex in Great Barrington

Then have Brunch at Castle Street Café

Bananas! - filmJuan "Accidentes" Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for its use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.

Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it? In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

New England Premiere     Print courtesy of Oscilliscope

Q & A with Berkshire Grown's Executive Director Barbara Zheutlin after the film; public is invited to continue the discussion at Castle Street Café where people can purchase a brunch featuring locally grown food

What we are reading:

The Food Movement, Rising   by Michael Pollan

in the June 10, 2010  issue of the New York Review of Books

Pollan reviews these five books:

All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?  
by Joel Berg Seven Stories, 351 pp., $22.95 (paper)

Eating Animals  
by Jonathan Safran Foer Little, Brown, 341 pp., $25.99

Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities  
by Carlo Petrini, with a foreword by Alice Waters Chelsea Green, 155 pp., $20.00 (paper)

The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society  
by Janet A. Flammang University of Illinois Press, 325 pp., $70.00; $25.00 (paper)

Jasper Hill Farm VTEverything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin Polyface, 338 pp., $23.95 (paper)
photo of Joel Salatin

"Food Made Visible" by Pollan:
Michael Pollan"It might sound odd to say this about something people deal with at least three times a day, but food in America has been more or less invisible, politically speaking, until very recently. At least until the early 1970s, when a bout of food price inflation and the appearance of books critical of industrial agriculture (by Wendell Berry, Francis Moore Lappé, and Barry Commoner, among others) threatened to propel the subject to the top of the national agenda, Americans have not had to think very hard about where their food comes from, or what it is doing to the planet, their bodies, and their society.

"Most people count this a blessing. Americans spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than any people in history-slightly less than 10 percent-and a smaller amount of their time preparing it: a mere thirty-one minutes a day on average, including clean-up...."

Read the article in the NY Review of Books here

Quick Bites

Jasper Hill Farm VTJune 16th,7:30 PM

St. John's Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams

Ben Hewitt, author of:"The Town That Food Saved"
More information about the book here

"Best Inn for Foodies" says YANKEE MAGAZINE
Lynda Fisher Inn at Sweet Water FarmINN AT SWEET WATER FARM

"The Berkshires may be full of cozy 19th-century inns, but none offers such an effortless blend of contemporary folk art, luxurious bedding, and gourmet food. The owner's passion for showcasing local farms, with special help from the inn's own egg-laying hens, bears fruit with the made-to-order breakfast."

 1 Jct. Prospect Lake Road & Route 71.

 Berkshire Grown member Inn at Sweet Water Farm


Locavore Way Book Cover "The Locavore Way"
 Cooking Classes with Chef/Author Amy Cotle
Spring Celebration: Greens and Strawberry Workshop
Friday, June 25, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
More information here
Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, New York



Discover Berkshire Food Journal here

Wonderful stories about farms, food producers and more.


Meet Our Farmers


Nutrition Center GBAn Introductory Workshop on Beekeeping
with Tony Lulek
President and Bee School Director
of the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association
 The Nutrition Center on the web here

Saturday, June 12            10 AM - 2 PM  at The Nutrition Center
Cost: $65

Red Lion Inn's Berkshire Bounty Package

Jasper Hill Farm VTThe Red Lion Inn's Berkshire Bounty package features membership in Berkshire Grown and a delicious bag full of fresh locally grown produce to take home with you!

The package also includes a map of area farms for you to explore, two nights' accommodations in a deluxe guestroom, dinner for two one night and breakfast for two each morning.

The package is available from $795 (including all taxes and meal gratuities) Monday through Thursday from May 31 through September 16, 2010 and are subject to availability. For details click here

Friday, June 4th - 6:30 p.m.
Berkshire South Regional Community Center and the NOAH Center Programs invite you to celebrate Locally Grown Organic Food, Personal Health & Wellness! 
Enjoy this organic, living foods, gourmet vegetarian dinner while learning about, supporting and sharing wellness.  This five course meal, prepared by Chef Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz will also include a silent auction full of healthy winnings! All proceeds from this event will support NOAH Center programs at Berkshire South. 
Dinner tickets are $50 per person
Call 528-2810 to purchase your tickets or for more information.

8th Annual Apple Blossom Bash  at Hilltop Orchards
Sat.-Sun. June 5&6 from noon-5pm each day

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This annual rite of spring celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Berkshire region.

Rt. 295 / 508 Canaan Rd.
Richmond, MA 01254
Local: 413-698-3301
Toll free 800-833-6274

$20 per person includes one-day admission with:
- Gourmet hors d'oeuvres
- Wine-marinated beef and chicken BBQ
- Wine tasting of up to 13 different wines
- Souvenir etched wine glass
- Live musical entertainment
- Hiking (no trail fees)
- Entry for a chance to win a 2-night stay at the owner's Garden Gables Inn in Lenox
10% of the proceeds to benefit Civitan Club of Pittsfield. An organization dedicated to helping others through service.

Hilltop Orchards here

'Dirty dozen' produce carries more pesticide residue, group says

By Danielle Dellorto, Senior Medical Producer

June 1, 2010 1:31 a.m. EDT
   CNN story here

celery"If you're eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.

"The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

"Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen," which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides..."
Click for more info, and a Shoppers Guide to Pesticides

BG logoStay In touch!

Berkshire  Grown e-newsletter will come out twice a month, around the 1st & 15th, during the growing season.  Please send information to, thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator