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News & Events late August/ September 2012   Join Berkshire Grown here!

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape. We do this by advocating for farmers, supporting good agricultural practices, fostering education and outreach, increasing food accessibility for the community, farm-to-table networking, promoting locally grown and produced food. Our goal is to keep farmers farming!

HS Inside 2012
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.  Variety of workshops, times, teachers, more here!  


Join us  Saturday October 13th, 11 - 1

Great Barrington Farmers' Market for the second annual fun and delicious


***Preserve Swap*** 


allium canning PTB

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


Upcoming workshops, more information here:

Thursday September 20 4-6 pm: Tomato Sauce, Soup and Pie Filling at Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA


Saturday September 22, 9 - 3 pm: A Food Preservation Party, Many Hands Organic  Farm, Barre, MA   


Sunday September 23, 4 pm: Pickling for Beginners at The Meat Market,Great Barrington, MA


Sunday September 30, 1:30 - 3:30 and  

Wednesday October 3, 10:30 - 12:30 Tomatoes 101  At the Kitchen Table Cooking School, Hillsdale, NY  


Friday October 5, Apple Preserving for Kids, hosted by the Berkshire Co-op Market 


Thursday October 18, 7 - 9 pm Fresh goat cheese & Lacto fermentation, Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman, Fall Village, CT


Friday October 26, 12 - 3 pm  Apple Tasting and Cooking with Amy Cotler, West Stockbridge, MA  




Meet Berkshire Grown farmers
on BerkshireFoodJournal. com

Laura Meister picking greens See and hear Laura Meister of
Farm Girl Farm,
North Egremont, MA
on berkshirefoodjournal. com


Students Help Keep Berkshire Farming
A"... two-year effort in North Berkshire, coordinated by Sarah Gardner, associate director Wms students, Oleson farmer of Williams College's Center for Environmental Studies (CES), involves surveying residents, farmers, restaurateurs, distributors, food store managers, and institutional purchasers to get a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face....


"...The point," Gardner says, "is to figure out how to keep farming viable in this region, because it's really on the edge. When land values increase, we stand to lose a lot of our farmland."

"...Gardner adds, the central question is: "How do we make a community-based food system so the milk and meat produced here can be consumed here?"

READ MORE on the Williams College website.

Photo of  Farmer Neil Oleson of Florida, Mass., is interviewed by students Samantha Murray, Class of 2014, and David Nolan, Class of 2013, for the Keep Berkshire Farming project.

North County Farming Report Producing Bleak Picture
By Stephen Dravis
Special to, read here 

Sustainable Berkshires HERE: maps, goals, info, check it out!

Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper September 24th 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! 

HS 2012


Allium Restaurant + Bar    

Baba Louie's  

Barrington Brewery      

 Cafe Reva    

Canyon Ranch    

Castle Street Cafe     

Eastover Hotel and Resort         

Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ Orchards Hotel    

Gramercy Bistro    

Guido's Fresh Marketplace  

HR Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates     

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  

Wild Oats Market    

Williams College     


Farmers Markets are open!  

                                               Support your local farmer!




 Sign up for news and event updates from these farmers markets, each sends out news updates:    

Berkshire Community Market


Great Barrington Farmers' Market


The Sheffield Farmers' Market


West Stockbridge Farmers Market




What We're Reading

 Celebrate farmers! by Mark Bittman, NYTIMES


Farmer's market (Indian Line) "...In short, we need more real farmers, not businessmen riding on half-million-dollar combines. And if you haven't seen a real farmer, go visit a one- or two-acre intensive garden; it's a mind-blowing thing, how much can be grown in a relatively small space.  


"Then imagine thousands of 10-, 20- and 100-acre farms planted similarly: the vegetables sold regionally, the pigs fed from scraps, the compost fertilizing the soil, the cattle at pasture, the milk making cheese ....,"writes Bittman.  


Read more  here   Photo by Jason Houston. 

Harvest Festival 2012

78th Annual Berkshire Harvest Festival
BBG Harvest Festival on FreshCotler Saturday and Sunday 

October 6th and 7th  


On the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden 

At the junction of Routes 183 and 102 in Stockbridge

New! Free parking. Admission $5 adults

Free children under 12.

Live music, crafts, food, silent auction, plant sale,
gigantic tag sales, farmers market, fall fun for kids!

For information, Producer Amy Cotler   photo thanks to 

 Click here for more 

413 232 7174

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Gina Hyams and The Meat Market will host a chili contest to celebrate publication of Gina's new book/kit:

Chili Cook-off by Gina Hyams "Chili Cook-off in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Chili Cook-off"

Sunday, October 7 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Meat Market
(389 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington)
to benefit Share the Bounty.

More details here.  


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!



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Watercolor by Stephanie Anderson.


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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator