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News & Events late August/ September 2011
Berkshire Grown online

Harvest Supper invite 2011
Reserve your place:  $65 for Berkshire Grown members, join here
                                       $75 a ticket if you are not a Berkshire Grown member
Call 413-528-0041

Scroll down e-newsletter for links to participating restaurants!


Preserving the Bounty 2011


  Dates, Places, contact info here!


Berkshire Grown member-hosted workshops will present hands-on williamstown canning ptbdemonstrations.  Huge variety of workshops, times, teachers, more here!  



Sponsor Storey Publishing hosts two workshops:      


8:30 - 10:30 am - at Gramercy Bistro (@MASS MoCA) in North Adams  


RSVP:  413-663-5300


4 - 6pm at the Nutrition Center in Great Barrington  

RSVP: 413-429-8110    


featuring Storey Publishing author Sherri Brooks Vinton, learn to make Quick Blueberry Jam and Spicy Carrot Pickles. The fee to participate is $45 and includes a copy of Vinton's book Put 'Em Upor $30 fee which does not include purchase of the book (retail value of $19.95).   


Please RSVP NOW to Gramercy Bistro or the  Nutrition Center


allium canning PTB

In support of the

Berkshire Grown mission and in partnership with this preservation effort, the Berkshire Co-op Market,  Mezze Restaurant Group,  The Red Lion Inn and Storey Publishing are official sponsors of the Preserving the Bounty event workshops.


Registration is required for these classes. Please contact participating workshop host locations directly to register for specific events, contact information is here!


Upcoming workshops, more information here:

Saturday August 27: Gramercy Bistro & The Nutrition Center 

Sunday August 28: Mezze Bistro + Bar

September 10: Hancock Shaker Village & Berkshire Co-op

September 17: Sheep Hill, Williamstown

September 18: Gala Steakhouse & Bistro

September 25: Heirloom Meals, Stockbridge 



Meet Berkshire Grown's Farmers  

Interns report from the farms:



Holiday Brook Farm GinaHoliday Brook Farm

by Gina Iannitelli:  

"Jesse Robertson-Dubois's face cracks into a semi-serious smile. "Driving the hay mower on a partially sunny day...moving the cows to new grass...and watching kids eating green beans in the field," says the manager of Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, MA. It is clear that the farm is truly supported by individuals of all ages, as Jesse's..." read more 



When Pigs Fly FarmWhen Pigs Fly Farm Nichole

by Nichole Calero:   

Growth at When Pigs Fly - a farm owned and operated by Andy and Sandra Snyder-- has meant both a bigger farm stand and a spot at the Otis farmers market. The Snyders are proud that they've not raised their prices once in the past decade, prompting signs like the one that reads "Share the health- purchase only one dozen eggs at a time." Read more here





Elmartin FarmElmartin Farm

by Anthony Raduazo:  


"Everett "Gus" Martin, at age 76, is not new to agriculture. When asked when he had first started farming, Gus looks bewildered. It's as if someone had asked him when he had taken his first breath. "Well, I grew up on this farm," he says, "My family has always farmed." The statement was not meant to be hyperbolic. The Martins have been farming in Cheshire, Massachusetts ever since Edward Martin first moved to the town in 1790.   Gus, the current owner and operator of Elmartin Farm, is of the seventh generation of Martin farmers in Cheshire . . . "  read more




Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper September 19th is our main fund-raising event of the year. We are grateful to the participants for generously donating their time, food and creativity -- please support them!  Dine out! 

tomatoes by Stephanie

Watercolor by Stephanie Anderson


Allium Restaurant + Bar    

Baba Louie's  

Barrington Brewery  

Berkshire Mountain Distillers 


Café Reva    

Canyon Ranch    

Castle Street Cafe     

Chez Nous    

Eastover Hotel and Resort    


Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ Orchards Hotel    

Gramercy Bistro    

Guido's Fresh Marketplace    

John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant    

Marketplace Kitchen    

Martin's Restaurant    

Mezze Bistro + Bar    

The Old Inn on the Green   

The Red Lion Inn

Riverbend Cafe   

Route 7 Grill

Savory Harvest Catering    

Spice Dragon    

Williams College     



Bascom LodgeWednesday September 7th at Bascom Lodge at 6 pm  


Cricket Creek Farm &  

Berkshire Grown:  


Making award winning cheese in the Berkshires - the cricket creek cow close up of headstory of a local farm and its cheeses.  Berkshire Grown member Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, MA produces a variety of award winning cheeses with milk from its cows. Come hear the story, and taste it! 


Then stay for dinner, reservations  413-743-1591


Farmers Markets are open!  

                                               Support your local farmer!




 Sign up for news and event updates:  

The Sheffield Farmers' Market


Great Barrington Farmers' Market


The Nutrition Center Farmers' Market 



What We're Reading

 New Farmers Find Their Footing by Mark Bittman, NYTIMES


Four Season Farm - e.colemanInspired by Eliot Coleman, " a hero for his innovative approaches to fertilizing, greenhouses, tool-making, teaching and more" more people are taking up farming in Maine, writes Bittman. Read more here 



Photograph from the Four Season Farm website.





"Number of farmers markets in U.S. jumps 17 percent."   

 By MICHELE KAYAL The Associated Press


"They are a way people can reconnect with agriculture, with farmers, with how food is produced," says Kathleen Merrigan, deputy agriculture secretary.  

read more here 


SAVE THE DATE: Exciting series begins Wednesday September 28th -- 7 pm

"Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement"


bread and tomatoesSit in as we show a 12 week class coordinated by author Michael Pollan and Nikki Henderson of the People's Grocery featuring guest speakers about the food movement.  

The course is being taught this season at UC Berkeley.


Berkshire Grown will be screening the course free with co-host Bard College at Simon's Rock beginning Sept. 28th in the Lecture Center. 


Let us know if you are interested in watching the course, it's free, send an e-mail:

barbara(at)berkshiregrown (dot) org   


Thanks to our sponsor for the series:




Share the Bounty logo 


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

Helps local farms + food pantries.

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


Quick Bites



Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market

a 24 hour Farmers' Market! 



Squash HVFarm by NicholeBerkshire 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 to Nicole Calero, taken at Hawthorne Valley Farm   

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!



pig roast Stanton2011

$35 per person, Kids under 16 pay their age, cash bar.

For tickets call, email or send Sean Stanton a check.


North Plain Farm 

PO Box 61 

Great Barrington, MA 01230





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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator