|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!
Reserve your place: $65 for Berkshire Grown members, join here
$75 a ticket if you are not a Berkshire Grown member
Scroll down e-newsletter for links to participating restaurants!
Dates, Places, contact info here!
Berkshire Grown member-hosted workshops will present hands-on demonstrations. 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
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
See and hear Laura Meister of
Farm Girl Farm,
North Egremont, MA
on berkshirefoodjournal. comhere
A"... two-year effort in North Berkshire, coordinated by Sarah Gardner, associate director 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....
Students Help Keep Berkshire Farming
"...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 iBerkshires.com, read here
Farmers Markets are open!
Support your local farmer!
VISIT A FARMERS' MARKET THIS WEEK!
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
MORE FARMERS' MARKETS click on MAP-O-LICIOUS
What We're Reading
Celebrate farmers! by Mark Bittman, NYTIMES
"...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.
|SAVE THE DATE: |
Harvest Festival 2012
78th Annual Berkshire Harvest Festival
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
email@example.com photo thanks to freshcotler.com
Click here for more
413 232 7174
SAVE THE DATE:
Gina Hyams and The Meat Market will host a chili contest to celebrate publication of Gina's new book/kit:
"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!
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 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.
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
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Watercolor by Stephanie Anderson.
Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks! Join Berkshire Grown here.
Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator