|News & Events April 2011 |
Berkshire Grown online
Spring at Last at The Red Lion Inn to benefit
Railroad Street Youth Culinary Arts Program
Friday April 8th at 5:30 pm
Breakfast for Dinner Led by Chef Brian Alberg
at The Red Lion Inn
Reserve $100 tickets to support the Railroad Street Youth Culinary Arts Program 413-528-2475
Local Flavors at Gramercy Bistro
to benefit the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Sunday April 10, beginning at 5 PM.
at Gramercy Bistro, on the Mass MoCA campus, Marshall Street, North Adams.
The dinner will feature a delicious 4-course meal using regional foods, artfully prepared by Chef Alexander Smith. Beet 'tarte tatin', Arugula salad, and braised pork with semolina gnocchi will be followed by chocolate maple molten cake.
Gramercy Bistro was first opened in 2001, and moved to its present location in 2010. The bistro offers contemporary classics with a strong commitment to buying fresh, local ingredients as a member of Berkshire Grown.
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust whose mission is to conserve the rural character of Williamstown and the surrounding area. The WRLF works to preserve local farms through land conservation and through support of the use of local foods and other farm products.
Tickets $100 per person, $90 for WRLF members. (includes wine, and a vegetarian option is available upon request in advance). For more information or to make a reservation, call 413-458-2494.
Celebrate Earth Day Saturday,April 23rd - 12 to 4 pm
at the Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA
a cooperatively-owned business focusing on local and organic foods, samples from local food producers, workshops, and the co-op's first BBQ of the season, featuring local and organic foods on the grill. Local and regional organizations and businesses with an environmental focus, such as The Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association, the Williamstown COOL Committee, and Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, will also participate in the event.
Lisa MacDougall of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, Vermont will also be here with some of the first locally and organically grown plants of the season for sale.
| What We're Reading
"Greenhouse Projects Nurture Produce and Workers"
by Glenn Collins, Hackettstown, NJ in the NYTIMES
"The project called Arthur & Friends, trains developmentally disabled workers to grow pristine, sustainable produce for restaurants and farmers markets... a classroom that helps put food on the table."
read more here
What We're Reading
Food: Six Things to Feel Good About
By MARK BITTMAN
(Mark Bittman writes regularly about food in the NYTIMES -- a 7th reason to feel good!)
Real food is spreading | There are now more than 6,000 farmers markets nationwide - about a 250 percent increase since 1994 (significant: there are half as many as there are domestic McDonald's), and 900 of them are open during the winter. They're searchable too, thanks to the USDA. (Community Supported Agriculture programs - CSAs - and food coops are also searchable, courtesy of localharvest.org.)
· We're not just buying, we're growing | Urban agriculture is on the rise. If you're smirking, let me remind you that in 1943, 20 million households (three-fifths of the population at that point) grew more than 40 percent of all the vegetables we ate. City governments are catching on, changing zoning codes and policies to make them more ag-friendly, and even planting edible landscaping on city hall properties.
· Farming is becoming hip | The number of farms is at last increasing, although it's no secret that farmers are an endangered species: the average age of the principal operator on farms in the United States is 57.
· The edible school lunch
We're finally seeing schools rethinking the model of how their food is sourced, cooked and served, while getting kids to eat vegetables...
Read more here
| What We're Reading|
Don't End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them
By MARK BITTMAN, for the NY TIMES.com
There's nothing wrong with agricultural subsidies, but plenty wrong with how they're used.
...like so many government programs - what subsidies need is not the ax, but reform that moves them forward. Imagine support designed to encourage a resurgence of small- and medium-size farms producing not corn syrup and animal-feed but food we can touch, see, buy and eat - like apples and carrots - while diminishing handouts to agribusiness and its political cronies. Read more here
"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
Join a local CSA FARM now!
Buy 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 supporting the Berkshire Grown e-newsletter.
Find a local sugarmaker here.
Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market
a 24 hour Farmers' Market!
Berkshire 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.
MASSACHUSETTS GROWN...and FRESHER!
If you are traveling through Massachusetts check out this map, support our local farmers throughout the state!
CHECK OUT MAP-O-LICIOUS FOR FRESH
LOCAL EGGS, CHEESE, MEAT & MORE
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 email@example.com. Paul M. Lacinski
Brewers Seek Land/ Building for Brewery
Bill and Christine Heaton ( the former owners of Pittsfield Brew Works, and master brewers by trade ) are searching for a suitable location to install a small craft brewery that will utilize local ingredients, renewable energy, and strive to be a green business.
We would like to find an existing structure or suitable farmland to purchase or lease for this project. (1 to 2 acres)
In Massachusetts we are considered a farm so farm zoning would not be altered on farm land.
If we are not located in a rural farm area, we are considered light manufacturing for zoning.
We do have a few physical requirements for the building:
1. Building would be @5000sq/ft or more
2. Clear span ceiling 14ft height or greater
3. Building on cement slab ( our beer tanks weigh alot )
4. Utilities include : 3phase electric, clean water, natural gas or propane, and city sewer ( septic will work )
As a local brewery we would like to highlight local ingredients in our beer. We want to create a real synergy with local farms / businesses with this new project. All of our brewery waste will be recycled as animal feed & compost and we will utilize a greywater reuse tank. We will have a small tasting room and provide scheduled tours of the facility. We are allowed to sell beer to go from the brewery. ( beer would make an excellent addition to your local farmstand! )
We are open to discuss any and all possibilities. Please feel free to contact us:
Bill & Christine Heaton
bumpsbrewing (at) gmail (dot) com
413-822-4094 Bill's phone
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! Join Berkshire Grown here.
Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator