News & Events Mid-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.
Call to buy your tickets now, this event sells out!
Berkshire Grown members $55
Farmers (only) $30.
We're thrilled to offer 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 (see menu below)
* Brian Alberg, Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn, who will create a 5 course menu and wines with the winning bidder.
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.
Old Inn On The Green Berkshire Grown Wine Dinner
Selection of Chef's Canapes
2000 Champagne Dom Perignon, France
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Seared Hudson Valley
Medallion of Foie Gras
Chanterelles, French Green Lentil Salad, Madeira
de Saint Jean de Minervois, Les Petits Grains, France
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Parmesan and White Truffle
2002 Chablis, Grossot, France
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Scallop and Butter-Poached Lobster
Caramelized Fennel &
1990, Corton Charlemagne, Louis Latour, France
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Crispy Veal Sweetbreads
Gras & Garlic Flan, Local Micro Greens, Porcini Sauce
Premier Cru, Domaine Coste-Caumartin,
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Roasted Lamb Chop Persillé
Rosemary Infused Lamb Reduction
2001, St. Julien,
Chateau Leoville Barton, France
Selection of New England
Poached Fruit and a
1982, Vintage Port,
Smith Woodhouse-Madalena, Portugal
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Frozen Chocolate Parfait
Salted Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Tuile
The menu may be adjusted to suit the tastes of the winning bidder.
Peter Platt & Merdith Kennard, Proprietors
What We're Reading
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| What We're Reading |
Denis Guyer Sees Room for Agriculture in Crane
Mill in Dalton
"Berkshire Community Development Corp., once in place, will acquire and
redevelop the 100,000 square foot Crane & Co. Stationary Factory at 63 Flansburg Ave.
into a multipurpose facility that will include condominium-style housing,
commercial kitchens and an agricultural food processing center.
"The goal of all
this, according to Guyer, is to create jobs and opportunities, particularly for
addition to the affordable housing option, Guyer has ambitious plans for local
farmers and their crops as well.
"'We're hoping that some of the farms in the area will become energized
because of their proximity to the facility. We're hoping this will spur a lot
"Indeed, a food processing plant would allow many area farmers more flexibility
in what they can grow and where and how they sell their food..."
Read more here
|What We're Reading|
Our colleagues in the Pioneer Valley, CISA, highlight an article in the
Boston Globe on Farm to School programs, read CISA's e-newsletters.
"Seems like everyone - from
politicians to TV chefs - wants to make over school food programs. But even
advocates concede that major changes can't happen overnight...getting
locally grown food into all school lunches will take time, money and a lot of
"One ...step you can take is to find out what your local school is
doing to celebrate Massachusetts Harvest for Students, organized by the Massachusetts
Farm to School Project from September 27 to October 1.
Read More about FARM TO SCHOOL in the BOSTON GLOBE here
Please call each workshop for details, each class is unique!
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
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: NOTE NEW TIME: 7 - 9 pm 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 Market , 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 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!
Visit a Farmers' Market, find one on
Meet your farmers, enjoy the harvest!
At Howden Farm
Ashley Falls, 413-229-8481Lakeview Orchard
in Cheshire, 413-448-6009
Mountain Pasture Farm in Becket 413-623-645Thompson-Finch Farm
in Ancram, New
Please visit Berkshire Grown
on the web for contact
information, and call ahead to confirm
Other Berkshire Grown
member farms - including The Berry Patch
in Stephentown, NY -- have fall raspberries available for
retail sale. Check our Web site
under "What's in season" to locate raspberry
Online Courses for Beginning Farmers Debut This Fall!
Reserve Your Spot Now!
Need some guidance on the
development or expansion of a farm enterprise? Can't find any trainings near
If you're comfortable enough with a computer to consider learning online,
you'll be glad to know that the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell
Cooperative Extension are expanding offerings of their popular online courses
for beginning farmers with two new online courses this Fall,
in addition to their usual beginners Fall course, BF 101.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks!
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator