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News & Events mid-December 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.


NASIUM on Bridge Street

Holiday Market 2010

Join us at the Holiday Farmers Markets this Saturday:

KY Wonder beans, HFM GB 11.20.10

A special visitor from the North Pole in a red suit will be visiting the Great Barrington market between 10:30 - 11:30.






Williamstown Market will host the Northern Berkshire Chorale singing winter carols from 11 until 12!


Wonder Beans from Foggy River Farm, Great Barrington.

Photo by Chris Blair

What We're Reading


House Passes Senate Food Safety Bill with FY 11 Appropriations 

carrots at HFM GB 11.20.10On December 8, the House passed a combined Continuing Resolution-Food Safety bill by a vote of 212-206.  All Republicans and 35 Democrats voted no.

There continues to be much debate on the web about this bill.

Read more on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's website here 

Photo by Chris Blair taken at the Holiday Farmers Market.

 What We're Reading

More farmers work away from fields to pay bills

By OLIVIA MUNOZ - For The Associated Press

"More than half of America's farmers work a job off the farm to make ends meet, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Laura Meister"In California and throughout the country, farmers open up their land to tourists, set up roadside stands and travel the farmers market circuit, but they also moonlight as mechanics, pool cleaners and even authors. They make jam and paint landscapes, work at banks and own businesses in order for the farm to survive...

"The trend of farmers taking on other jobs to help pay the bills is hardly new ... but the figure has grown from 55 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2007...according the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture...

"...In 1929, only one in 16 farmers in the nation reported working 200 days or more off the farm. By 1947, one in six farmers reported that much off-farm work, and by 1997, the ratio was one in three farmers...

READ MORE from AP in The Herald Online


What We're Giving

Maggie's Round Cheese from Cricket CreekLocavore Gifts  -

Local cheeses, vanilla, maple syrup and more ideas of Local Food Gifts on Amy Cotler's website here

Maggie's Round cheese
from Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown, MA

Welcome to new Berkshire Grown members!

Support our new members:

As 2010 comes to a close, we would like to welcome the 22 businesses that joined Berkshire Grown as new Professional Members this year! Please visit their Web sites or call for more information about these local farms, food producers, restaurants and local food buyers. Thanks to our new professional members for your support!

Berkshire Preserves

Berle Farm

Black Queen Angus Farm:  Berlin, New York; 518-658-0718

Community Cooperative Farm: Mount Washington, Massachusetts; 413-530-9919

Eastover Hotel and Resort

Fox Hill Farm for grassfedbeef

Ginsberg‚€™s Foods

Goo Goo GourmetGoo Goo Gourmet Photo by Joe Wilk for Goo Goo Gourmet

Green River Ambrosia Meadery

Hawk Dance Farm: Hillsdale, New York; 518-325-1430

H.R. Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates: Stockbridge, Massachusetts; 413-298-1038

Mountain Pasture Farm: Becket, Massachusetts; 413-623-6455


Petrino‚€™s Caf√©

Pronto Cooking School

Shady Acres Farm: Canaan, New York; 518-929-0763

Shaker Mountain Canning Company: New Lebanon, New York; 518-794-5277 (JARS)

Square Roots Farm

Wanabea Farm Rabbitry

Wildstone Farm: Pownal, Vermont; 802-823-0141

Zehr & Sons Mushroom Farm: Ghent, New York; 518-672-4869

Zucchini's Restaurant: Pittsfield, MA (413) 442-2777


Quick Bites

Berkshire County Foodshed Analysis

December 15, 2010 at 7 PM

Join Berkshire Food Policy Council invited members, local agriculture and

food enthusiasts for a formal presentation of the recently completed

Presentation by Williams College students:

Vashti Emigh - Anthony Raduazo - Kathleen Durante

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission,

1 Fenn St. Suite 201, Pittsfield

Please RSVP so that there will be enough chairs, etc. to  Amy Kacala (ph) 413.442.1521  x12

June Wolfe of Wolfe Spring Farm HFM GB

June Wolfe of Wolfe Spring Farm, at the Holiday Farmers Market

in Great Barrington, November 20, 2010            Photo by Chris Blair. 


Come speak up for farms and farming in the Berkshires!

 December 16th Mason Library 6 - 7 pm

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is hosting a "listening" session at the Mason Library in Great Barrington on Thursday, December 16 from 6-7 p.m.   BRPC staff want to hear from the public about our ideas for stimulating economic development.  Join us and please pass this on to others who are interested. 


Farming is key to our economy, farming is essential to our environment-- meet with the people who are revising the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy plan for the Berkshires and let them know your thoughts.




 If you are traveling through Massachusetts check out this map, support our local farmers throughout the state!



Holiday Farmers' Markets Saturday Dec. 18th


Pumpkins, squash at HFM GB 11.20.10Over 400 farm attractions are open to the public. These local farms offer unique hands-on experiences to see, feel, and taste agriculture at its source.



Thanks to Chris Blair for the photos from the Holiday Farmers' Market in Great Barrington featured in this e-newsletter.

BG logoStay 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, thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator