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News & Events October 2011
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PETER SELLARS - " Food as Culture" - Wednesday October 5th - 7 PM

Berkshire Grown presents the first in a nine-week series on the rise and future of the food movement -- see schedule of speakers below and description of the full series here.   

Sellars will talk about culture, art, money, life, the food movement, and politics.Edible Ed ad


 A taped lecture at the Lecture Center at Simon's Rock College.    More information here.

Map of Bard College at Simon's Rock here.


Opera, theater, and festival director Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for ground-breaking interpretations of classic works. In 2011 he staged "Nixon in China" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; "Hercules" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; "The Winds of Destiny" at the Ojai Music Festival and Cal Performances; and "Griselda" at the Santa Fe Opera.    

Thanks to our generous sponsor:  Iredale Mineral Cosmetics! 


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More information here
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Preserving the Bounty 2011


Saturday October 15th, 11 am - 1pm

Great Barrington Farmers' Market


FREE EXCHANGE with other home canners!   


jars. Preserving 2011Have you made too many pickles?  Are you overloaded with jam?  Are you proud of your chutney? Did you overestimate the amount of sauerkraut you can eat?  Do you wish you had gotten around to canning peaches but didn't?  Or did you gather and dry too many mushrooms or tomatoes? If yes, then join us for a free community swap.    

Photo by Jonathan Hankin.



Bring your surplus goodies to the first annual Berkshire Grown Preserve Exchange at the Great Barrington Farmers Market on Saturday, October 15, from 11-1. Swap your treasures with other local home cooks and bring some delicious variety to your winter pantry!


Berkshire Grown members will be on hand to discuss the mysteries and pleasures of putting things by at home.  No monies will be exchanged.   It's free and open to everyone.


Thanks to the sponsors of Berkshire Grown's Preserving the Bounty events:


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What We're Reading

Op-Ed Columnist:  Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?    




" It's a myth that chips are cheaper than broccoli. They're not. So what's stopping people from eating more healthfully?"


Read more here in the NY TIMES  






Photo by Christopher Blair 

Thank you for your support at the Harvest Supper!

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Thanks to Reinout van Wagtendonk for photos, see them here at 




  BBG Harvest Festival 2011 

Bartlett's Orchard (weekends)
575 Swamp Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery
508 Canaan Rd.
Richmond, MA
413-698-3301 or 800-833-6274

Jaeschke's Orchard
West Rd.
Adams, MA

94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesboro, MA
Riiska Brook Orchard (Fri - Sun)
101 New Hartford Rd.
Sandisfield, MA
686 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA


Howden Farm
(weekends only)
303 Rannapo Rd.
Sheffield, MA
3475 Route 43
Hancock, MA


Meet Berkshire Grown's Farmers   


 Windy Hill appleDennis and Judy Mareb own and operate  

Windy Hill Farm in Great Barrington.


413- 298-3217  Apples are ripe now!



Watch an audio slide show on the Berkshire Food Journal  here    learn more about farming at Windy Hill. 


Farmers Markets are still open!  

                                               Support your local farmer!





Berkshire Botanical Garden 

Practices and Principles of Growing Nutrient Dense Vegetables  

Friday, October 7 2011 & Friday, March 23, 2012 9:30 am - 4:30 pm 


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For information on specifics, contact the garden 413 298 3926 four weeks prior to the course.)


This course is for serious home vegetable gardeners as well as professionals caring for vegetable gardens. This course is an overview of how biological systems function and support you in addressing limiting factors in your garden. Examine: soil testing and mineral balancing, biological inoculation, seed sizing and sorting, potting soil, tillage, fertility, in season plant and soil monitoring and supplemental feeding based on plant needs.  


Dan Kittredge is an organic farmer and co founder of the Real Food Campaign.   



Introduction to Shiitake Mushroom Growing

Saturday, October 22  from 10 - 3

All levels, all materials provided, participants should dress for outdoors and bring a bagged lunch, Co-sponsored with Berkshire Grown


This is a practical hands-on workshop on the natural, forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms. This introductory workshop aims to teach participants about log-based sustainable Shiitake mushroom cultivation, harvesting, and marketing. Through the hands-on workshop and pictorial "visits" to actual shiitake farms in the Northeast, participants will learn about tree species selection and sustainability, spawn types,inoculations, predictable fruiting, and enterprise management.  

This workshop is for both homeowners and aspiring mushroom farmers. Participants will practice inoculating and will take home logs to cultivate throughout the season.


Allen Matthews has been the Farm Enterprise Program coordinator at UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture since 2002. I


For more information contact: Elisabeth Cary
Director of Education
Berkshire Botanical Garden
413 298 3926 
[email protected]  


Cheese Making Workshop at Cricket Creek Farm

Saturday October 22 from 9 am - 3 pm
Limit: 10 participants, so sign up now!
Make Semi-Firm Farmstead Cheese "Maggies' Round"  $70

To register call: 413-458-5888 or NOFA organizer Ben Grosscup 413-658-5374
or download forms from the websites or go to the Cricket Creek farm store.
Cricket Creek Farm here.
NOFA -- Northeast Organic Farming Association here


Maggies Round cricket creek farm cheeseThe workshop will take participants through the entire cheese making process.  Pumping the milk into the cheese room, heating the milk, adding cultures, adding rennet, cutting the curds, hooping and flipping the cheeses. Participants will take home a 1 lb wheel of cheese with instructions for home-aging. Everyone will have a chance to taste the different cheese and tour the farm.
Instructors: Suzy Konecky and Anne Borgendale make award-winning cheese at Cricket Creek Farm with milk from the farm's Brown Swiss and Jersey cows.

 We are grateful to the participants in the Harvest Supper for generously donating their time, food and creativity -- please support them!  Dine out! 


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Allium Restaurant + Bar    

Baba Louie's  

Barrington Brewery  

Berkshire Mountain Distillers 


Caf´┐Ż Reva    

Canyon Ranch    

Castle Street Cafe     

Chez Nous    

Eastover Hotel and Resort    

 Firefly Restaurant and Catering     

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 Dining  


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!




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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator