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News & Events June 2011
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Enjoy Berkshire Grown Restaurant Week  

Sunday June 5th through June 9th! 

Fabulous three course dinners for the crazy price of $25.11 per person (+ gratuity and tax) featuring locally grown food! Each Berkshire Grown member card is good for two dinners each of the nights of Restaurant Week, you can join at the restaurants.
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Please call ahead to find out when they are open and make reservations. You should also ask about the special menu in case you have dietary restrictions. We want you and the restaurants to enjoy restaurant week so please call ahead so that you find out what you need to know. Remember to be generous when tipping your servers!


Is it possible to:

strengthen the local economy + support local farms & local restaurants + eat a delicious meal?    (yes)


Dine out during Berkshire Grown's Restaurant Week!


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Encourage your friends to join Berkshire Grown -- explore a new and/ or favorite restaurant!   Call restaurants to find out the details.  


Click links to restaurants  (above).

 More here as we gather menus.


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Want to savor your experiences and/or see what you missed?   

Tag along on a foraging walk here on

Berkshire Food Journal 


Watch Farmed + Foraged on TV here 






More Farmers Markets are opening!  

         Hurray!!!!!!!!!!               Support your local farmer


Hawk Dance Farm at Sheffield F M 2010Wednesday June 1: TNC Farmers' Market, Great Barrington 


Thursday June 2: Farmers' Market at CHP, Great Barrington 


Thursday June 9: Pittsfield Farmers' Market 


 Friday June 24: Adams Farmers' Market  


Picture of Hawk Dance Farm at Sheffield Farmers Market 2010 



9th Annual Apple Blossom Bash  at Hilltop Orchards 

Sat.-Sun. June 4 & 5 from noon-5pm each day  

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This annual rite of spring celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Berkshire region at Hilltop Orchards home of Furnace Brook Winery. 

Rt. 295 / 508 Canaan Rd.
Richmond, MA 01254
Local: 413-698-3301

$20 per person includes one-day admission with:
- Gourmet hors d'oeuvres
- Wine tasting of up to 16 different wines
- Souvenir etched wine glass
- Live musical entertainment
- Hiking (no trail fees)
10% of the proceeds to benefit Civitan Club of Pittsfield, an organization dedicated to helping others through service.  


Hilltop Orchards here


    Shaker Farm-to-Table Dinner Featuring Local Chefs to Benefit Agricultural Education Programs


Hancock Shaker Village cow 2011 dinnerYou are invited to Hancock Shaker Village for a very special meal on June 16, 2011 to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Shaker gardens and to raise funds to support their farm-to-table educational programs. Farming was at the heart of the Shaker community at Hancock.   Join chefs from:

as they prepare a meal inspired by the Shaker cuisine and featuring locally-sourced ingredients.  Enjoy your meal on historic Shaker grounds, steps away from the famous Round Stone Barn.

The gardens and barn will be open at 6:00 pm for informal tours and exploration followed by the meal at 7:00.   


Tickets are $90 for HSV members and our CSA members, $100 for not-yet members. For $1,000 you can reserve a table for your group of 8 that will include a special gift. Tickets are also available by calling 413-443-0188 x203. Click here for more info.  

What We're Reading

"On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns"  

by Tess  Taylor in the New York Times

Oxen in NYT by Jennifer May"ON a sunny Sunday just before the vernal equinox, Rich Ciotola set out to clear a pasture strewn with fallen wood. The just-thawed field was spongy, with grass sprouting under tangled branches. Late March and early April are farm-prep time here in the Berkshires, time to gear up for the growing season. But while many farms were oiling and gassing up tractors, Mr. Ciotola was setting out to prepare a pasture using a tool so old it seems almost revolutionary: a team of oxen." Read here

Photo by Jennifer May.

 Saturday June 4th, 9am - 12noon

Oxen Logging Demonstration by Berkshire Grown farmer Rich Ciotola of Foggy River Farm  


at The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Kellogg Conservation Center,  

62 Undermountain Rd (Rt. 41), South Egremont, MA


Rich Ciotola - former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, local organic farmer and oxen teamster - will be conducting the educational demonstration geared towards farmers, landowners, and community members interested in sustainable, minimum impact forest stewardship practices. 

 What We're Reading

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

by Kristin Kimball


book cover The Dirty Life"From a writer who traded her single life in New York City to marry a farmer, The Dirty Life is a chronicle of a year on their sustainable farm....


"...Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked...."


More here, on author's site and on publisher's here

Author's photo by Deborah Feingold.



Share the Bounty = Berkshire Grown's win - win project:  

Helps local farms + food pantries.

See and hear more about Share the Bounty here & here!  Share the Bounty logo 

Share the Bounty 2011 strengthens the following partnerships:


Caretaker Farm and the Berkshire Food Project in North Adams

Community Cooperative Farm and participants in WIC

Farm Girl Farm and participants in WIC

Farm at Miller's Crossing and the Valatie Food Pantry

Holiday Brook Farm and the Hinsdale Food Pantry

Indian Line Farm and the People's Pantry in Great Barrington  

Ridgway Farm and OWL's Kitchen in Salisbury, CT

Solid Rock Farm and participants in WIC

Square Roots Farm and Hoosac Harvest CSA

Wolfe Spring Farm and the Sheffield Food Pantry

[WIC is the federal program supporting women and their infant children.]


Quick Bites



Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market

a 24 hour Farmers' Market! 



Berry Patch Luscious Lettuce FBBerkshire 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 for the photo of The Berry Patch's "Luscious Lettuce" to Dale Ila Riggs who posted it on Facebook.

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!




Job: Teach Gardening to kids 5 -11 year olds in an outdoor educational summer youth program taking place in ROELIFF JANSEN PARK for the Town of Hillsdale, NY. Two mornings a week in a community garden  (6 hours per week) (3 groups of 15-20 grouped by age) beginning Thursday July 7 through week of Aug 15. Must have gardening knowledge and bring enthusiasm and fun and games/activities into growing and tending.

$15 per hour. Contact Caroline Stewart ASAP- 917 854 787 or cstewart321 (at)


Berkshire Co-Act Food Net 

Farmer's Second Harvest: (Distributing unsold crops to pantries and meal sites).

Receive a tax write off for unsold produce and help the most vulnerable in Berkshire County. We pick up at your site and can harvest. Last year Co-Act distributed over 11,000 pounds of fresh produce to 14 pantries and meal sites in Central and Southern Berkshire County through our network of local farmers, community and private gardens. The Food Net provided nutrition for 88,400 meals in 2010 which is nearly double what we provided in 2009. Contact: Paul Deslauriers, 413-232-7888 or 


Organizations Involved   Project Sprout, Monument Mountain High School   West Side Farm Project, Pittsfield   Woven Roots Farm, Lee   Peace Valley Farm, Williamstown   Indian Line Farm, Egremont   Montessori School, Great Barrington

Under Mead Farm, Lenox   Berkshire Organics, Dalton   Flavours Restaurant, Pittsfield

Master Gardeners, Pittsfield  Lenox Garden Club, Lenox  


Meal Sites Served in Central and Southern Berkshires:

First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield  St. Stephen's Parish, Pittsfield

South Congregational Church, Pittsfield  The Salvation Army, Pittsfield   Christian Center of Pittsfield   First Congregational Church, Pittsfield

Lee Food Pantry, Lee Reigning Love Church, Pittsfield   People's Pantry, Great Barrington   Dalton Food Pantry, Dalton   WIC, Great Barrington   VFW Pantry, Lanesboro   First Baptist Church, Pittsfield   United Methodist Church, Lenox



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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator