News & Events September 2010 |
Berkshire Grown envisions
a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide
diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily
available to everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty
by buying from our neighboring family farms and savoring their
distinctive Berkshire harvest.
Reserve now, this event sells out!
Berkshire Grown members $55
Farmers (only) $30.
Please call each workshop for details, each class is unique!
September 9, 2010: 11 - 12pm Shaker Cooking with Michael Roller at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
$17 or free for members of Hancock Shaker Village
September 11: 9 am - 3 pm Tomato sauce, yoghurt making from raw milk; lacto-fermented dilly beans and other vegetables + more, with Fiona deRis of S.O.L. (Seasonal, Organic, Local) Kitchen Catering in New Marlborough. To register, visit NOFA or call 413-658-5374, ben.grosscup(at)nofamass(dot)org $45 NOFA members and $50 non members
September 11: 2 pm at Wild Oats Market, Williamstown
Salsa canning, Limited space, call Michael Faber 413-458-8060 $10
September 13: 4 pm Lacto Fermentation of seasonal vegetables with Seth Travins (who makes sauerkraut) at Berkshire Co-op Market, Great Barrington
September 16: 7 - 10pm Ketchup with Carole Murko Heirloom Meals, Stockbridge,
carole(at) boulderwoodgroup(dot)com, 413-298-0173 $25
September 18: 10 -12:30 Preserving Herbs for the winter (freezing herbs)
with Amy Cotler author of The Locavore Way, West Stockbridge
September 19: 9 - 12 pm Join Elyse Etling and Katherine Miller at Pronto Cooking School in Lenox.
Dehydrator and pickling.... Menu posted on web
site. Reservations: elyseetling(at)aol(dot)com 413-637-3949 $50
September 19: 3 pm Honey lavender poached port pears with Chris Bonnivier/ Gala Restaurant, Williamstown 413-458-9611 x517
September 21: 9 -11:30 am Pickling with Lauren Gotlieb /Mezze Bistro + Bar takes place at Sheep Hill, Williamstown call
September 25: 10 am Pickling with Andy McMeekin at Ward's Nursery and Garden Center, Gt. Barrington 413-528-0166
September 25: 10 am Pickling workshop for kids with Jenny Schwartz at Berkshire Co-op, Great Barrington
September 25: 4 - 7pm Harvest Cooking Guido's Fresh Marketplace and The Marketplace Kitchen focus on tomato sauce, will include dinner, takes place at The Marketplace Kitchen, Sheffield, call 413-442-9912 x122 for reservations and details
October 10: 2:30 -4:30 Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of "Put 'Em Up" Storey Publishing's newest book on preserving food, at Allium Restaurant + Bar, 413-528-2118 $25
October 30: 2 - 3pm Food Preservation 101 Julie Gale at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield 413-443-0188 $17
or free for members of HSV
Visit Berkshire Grown to learn more
THANK YOU TO OUR
PRESERVING THE BOUNTY SPONSORS: Please support them!
| What We're Reading |
"In the Berkshires, Dinner's Not Far Away"
By MARK VANHOENACKER
We're thrilled, Berkshire Grown is featured in the NY TIMES:
"It's hard to dismiss the current locavore boom in the Berkshires as mere fashion. In fact, the national enthusiasm for eating farm-to-table has roots in western Massachusetts.The nation's first agricultural fair was held in Berkshire County in the
early 19th century, and in 1986, when the country's first two
community-supported agriculture farms were established, one was in
the southern Berkshires...
"Berkshire Grown, an
organization dedicated to the region's agriculture...is
another legacy of the vibrant, community-oriented food activism that was
well under way by the mid-1980s. "
Read the article here
|WHAT WE'RE READING|
Seeing a Time (Soon) When We'll All Be Dieting
BITTMAN in the New York Times
Bittman reviews: THE COMING FAMINE
The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It By Julian Cribb
"Fifty years ago, a billion people were undernourished or
number is about the same today. That's actually progress, since a billion
represented a third of the human race then, and "only" a sixth now.
"Today we have another worry: roughly the same number of people eat too much.
But, says Julian Cribb, a veteran science journalist from Australia, "The era of cheap, abundant
food is over."
"Much of "The Coming Famine" builds an argument that we've jumped off a cliff
and that global chaos - a tidal wave of people fleeing their own countries for
wherever they can find food - is all but guaranteed. The rest of the book concentrates
on catching an outcropping of rock with a finger and scrambling back up. The
writing is neither personality-filled nor especially fluid, but the sheer
number of terrifying facts makes the book gripping."
Read more here
|WHAT WE'RE WATCHING:|
The New Ingredient in our Harvest Supper!
We will be offering two extraordinary Wine Dinners for eight guests, each one created by a phenomenal chef:
* Peter Platt, Executive Chef and Owner of The Old Inn on the Green (pictured on left)
* Brian Alberg, Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn
Plan now to put together a team with your friends to bid as a group on one or both of these two delicious evenings.
Opening bid $1,000 for each dinner.
View interview with Peter Platt
View interview with Brian Alberg
Interviews by Caroline Alexander for BerkshireFoodJournal.com
Visit The Nutrition Center Market in GB on Wednesdays, the Pittsfield Markets, The Sheffield Farmers Market
Last day of the Sheffield Farmers Market is this Friday September 3rd!
Visit a Farmers' Market, find one on
Meet your farmers, enjoy the harvest!
Classes with Amy Cotler,
Caterer-Author-Locavore Amy Cotler has been a culinary
professional and farm-to-table advocate for nearly 30 years. She was the
founding director of Berkshire Grown and taught cooking, writing, and culinary
history at the Culinary Institute of America and the Institute of Culinary
Her new book, The Locavore Way,
is a comprehensive guide to seeking out and savoring local food wherever you
Day: On The Farm Outdoor Locavore Harvest Feast
Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day weekend), 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (family-style)
At Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, New York
September 13, a Monday, 6:00 to 9:30 or 10:00
At Amy Cotler's teaching kitchen, West Stockbridge, MA.
Route 7 Grill's final Pig Roast of the Summer Season:
Friday September 3, 2010
Local Paul Paisley spit roasted pork + house made local fixin's. Bell Weather will be playing music.
$35 per adult, first-come, first-servedRoute 7 GrillEnd the Summer in Party Mode, Pig Roast & Music
999 Main Street (Rt 7)
Great Barrington, MA 01230
North Plain Farm
Saturday September 11th
4 pm drinks 5pm
Eat Local Food $35
Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter will come out
twice a month, around the 1st & 15th, during the growing season. Please send
information to email@example.com, thanks!
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator