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News & Events March 2011
March Maple Dinner, March 14th

- join us for a delicious celebration!


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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.

  March Maple Dinner Menu for March 14th

Reserve your seat now:  413-528-0041 

Hors d'oeuvres: Adam Brassard, The Williams Inn

Gregg Roach, Wild Oats Market 


Canape of Wannabea Farm Rabbit Pate,

Ioka Maple Aspic & Candied Pistachios

Grilled Bourbon Maple Shrimp wrapped in Prosciutto, Maple Yogurt

Maple-glazed Pork Roulade, Whole Grain Mustard, Maple Roasted Peanuts

Whipped Maple & Berkshire Blue in Savory Cone, Fried Cashews


First course: Peter Platt, The Old Inn on the Green


Maple Glazed Smoked Salmon


Second course: Nick Moulton, Mezze Bistro + Bar


Bacon, Egg & Cheese

Maple -cured Bacon, 60 minute Mighty Food Farm Egg,

Tobasi Cheese Foam, Brioche, Maple Gastrique


Third course: Host Chef Chris Bonnivier, Gala Restaurant


Dark Coffee crusted Wagyu Beef , Smoked Tomato, Berkshire Blue & Cricket Creek Farm Crème, Ioka Farm Maple &Bacon Panna Cotta 


Maple Oatmeal Dinner Rolls, thanks to Cricket Creek Farm


Fourth course: Brian Alberg, Red Lion Inn


Ioka Farm Maple-cured Muscovy Duck Breast with Maple Sherry Dressed Arugula, Dried Cranberries, Maple-roasted Peanuts & Crispy Shallots


Dessert (fifth course): Joshua Needleman, Chocolate Springs


Salted Chocolate Mousse Cake with Maple-glazed Pecans &

Sweet Brook Farm Maple Gelato.

Maple Syrup Association CISA

Support the Massachusetts Maple Syrup Producers!

Click on image to reach Massachusetts Maple Producers Association.

Berkshire Grown's March Maple Dinner
at Gala Restaurant in Williamstown, MA
Monday March 14, 2011  6 pm
Maple Dinner Invite 2011

special rate for the night at the Orchards Hotel, $89, call 413-458-9611


Reserve tickets for the March Maple Dinner  

$95 for Berkshire Grown members $120 for non-members  $65 for Farmers  

Reservations: 413-528-0041   Join Berkshire Grown here


Keep FarmingJoin us March 15th at 7 pm to launch the Keep Farming! program at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington. Explore the economics of agriculture, learn more about our access to fresh and local food, plus the impact farming has on the the look of our landscape and on the preservation of natural resources.  


This will be the first community wide meeting in South Berkshire County, everyone is invited!  


If you eat food, produce food or sell food and related products join us Tuesday March 15th at 7 pm!

For more information email coordinator, Nick Stanton, at ngstanton(at)gmail(dot)com or call  Great Barrington Agricultural Commission Chair, MaryBeth Merritt, at 413-528-3079. For more info about Glynwood Foundation's Keep Farming program, please click here. 


 What We're Reading

A Food Manifesto for the Future


Food Matters by Mark Bittman"For decades, Americans believed that we had the world's healthiest and safest diet. We worried little about this diet's effect on the environment or on the lives of the animals (or even the workers) it relies upon. Nor did we worry about its ability to endure - that is, its sustainability.


"That didn't mean all was well. And we've come to recognize that our diet is unhealthful and unsafe. Many food production workers labor in difficult, even deplorable, conditions, and animals are produced as if they were widgets. It would be hard to devise a more wasteful, damaging, unsustainable system.


"Here are some ideas - frequently discussed, but sadly not yet implemented - that would make the growing, preparation and consumption of food healthier, saner, more productive, less damaging and more enduring. In no particular order: READ MORE 


How to cook everything"Mark Bittman is an Opinion columnist and the Times magazine's food columnist; his Minimalist column ran in the Dining section of The Times for more than 13 years. In 2009, Mr. Bittman, who has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades, published "Food Matters," which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment....

Mark  Bittman online here 


What We're Reading


"We Stand in Opposition to GE Alfalfa

read what leaders across the country have written:  

"We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers...."

Keep Reading more here

What We're Watching


Film Festival, Proj Native 2011 

Join us at the Project Native Film Festival

 Sunday March 27th,  10 am - 8 pm


at The Triplex Cinema & Mixed Company Theater in Great Barrington, MA 


Visit their website or call for more information 413-274-3433.


Join a local CSA FARM now!  

vegiesBuy a share in a local farm so that you can provide a farmer with the money they need now, while they are buying seeds and supplies, and then share in their harvest throughout the growing season.  Click here for a list of farms, click on CSAs to find a local community supported agriculture -- CSA -- farms. Each farm is unique, so call to find out the price of a share and when their season begins. 


Many Thanks to the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association for underwriting this Berkshire Grown e-newsletter. 

Find a local sugarmaker here.

Quick Bites


Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Marketplace


Maggie's Round Cheese from Cricket CreekBerkshire Grown has created a Facebook page called Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Marketplace - a central place for Berkshire Grown members to congregate and talk supply and demand. 


Self-propelled by Berkshire Grown members, the page will benefit those of you who choose to participate in it. Farmers and food producers can post what they have available, and chefs and community members can comment or contact suppliers directly with requests for product or more information.   

Thanks to Chris Blair for the photo of Cricket Creek Farm's Maggie's Round Cheese.  

Berkshire Grown offers this as a networking service and bears no responsibility for transactions.




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




Refrigerated trucking available throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties, and soon to be extending to Springfield, and east on the Pike through Framingham.  Very reasonable rates.  Contact Paul at Sidehill Farm; 413 625 0011, or        Paul M. Lacinski   



At The Berkshire Botanical Garden, in Stockbridge MA  

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The Home Vegetable Garden

Learn how to grow vegetables from the earliest spring greens to luscious vine-ripe tomatoes.  This introduction to vegetable gardening is offered three consecutive Saturdays beginning February 26, 9:30 am-2:30pm.

Read more here about the courses and the instructors.

The Berry Patch

Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and ribes. . .learn the art and science of growing small fruit including designing, planting and cultivation.  Meets Saturday, February 26, 12:30-3:30 pm.  
For more information or to register, click


or call the Garden at (413) 298-3926


WORKSHOPS at Threshold Farm in Philmont,NY

Pruning Workshop March 5th, 2011  (snow/rain date March 6th). This is an intensive day covering the topic of Pruning of fruit trees. It is a hands-on workshop, with discussion, demonstration & active pruning by participants. Limited number of participants!

Location: Threshold Farm, Philmont, NY 12565, 9 am - 5.30 pm. $80 - $100

Call 518-672-5509 or email  ( for details.



Grafting Workshop March 6th, 2011  (snow/rain date March 5th).

Demystifying the ancient art of making fruit trees. Learn about different grafting techniques, selection of rootstocks & apple varieties and take home 5 little apple trees, which you will have grafted. Limited number of participants!

Location: Threshold Farm House, Philmont, NY 12565, 10 am - 4.30 pm.

$80 - $100.  Call 518-6 72-5509 or email us ( for details.



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

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator