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News & Events October 2012  
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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!


Edible Ed 2012



Do you like chili? 
Join us at the Chili Cook-off!

Chili Cook-off by Gina Hyams
Book Party and Chili Cook-off

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


Sunday, October 7, 4:00pm to 6:00pm  
(389 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington)
$10 to benefit Share the Bounty.
Contact ginahyams (at)gmail(dot) come to enter the chili contest: state the type of chili you'll be entering and your phone number, or come to The Meat Market Sunday to eat chili. 

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!  


"The history of chili is shrouded in much mystery and debate:  

"Does a true chili have beans? And what of tomatoes? Word on the street is that a certain fabulous Vice President of Berkshire Grown will be entering the ring with a seafood chili! One thing is for sure, all the excitement has got us dreaming up recipe ideas we hope might make an appearance this weekend: lamb & okra chili, beef & chocolate chili, nothing-but-bacon-and-chilis chili, butternut squash and pork butt chili, hotdogs-with-all-the-works chili.  


The event will run from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on this Sunday, October 7th at The Meat Market. Tickets are a $10 donation to Berkshire Grown, entry is free for competitors. 


Thank you for your support for Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper! We are grateful to the participants for generously donating their time, food and creativity -- please support them!  Dine out! 

See Rural Intelligence for pictures
and Berkshire Food Journal for the menu, the farms who grow the delicious Berkshire food, and pictures!

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     


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:


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


Friday October 5, 2 - 3:30 pm Apple Preserving for Kids, hosted by the Berkshire Co-op Market at the Nutrition Center, 94 West Street, Great Barrington, MA 


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  




THIS WEEK!  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

Tuesday Oct 11, 6:30  

"Risen and Punched: Bread and 20th century Germany"

with Ursula Heinzelmann,  Schapiro Hall 129, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 


German breads The talk will use bread as a point of departure to look at history and society, discuss morale and taste. A regular supermarket's offerings and those of three very distinctive Berlin bakers will illustrate German history of the twentieth century.  


Schrippen, white rolls stand for the industrialization of the food industry.  


Vollkornbrot, wholemeal bread came up with the Lebensreform countermovement, was later appropriated by the Nazis and saw a revival with the green movement in the 1980s.  


Finally Dinkelseelen, large bread sticks made from spelt, sprinkled with coarse salt and caraway seeds embody the latest multicultural trend. Rooted in (or rather risen from) the larger social and cultural developments, these and other breads open a window on the Germany's food history and politics.


Contact for more information.


What we are reading 

Green Ribbons at an Organic Fair   By ANNE RAVER in the New York Times.

Common Ground Fair NYT Stacey C "ORGANIC food may not be feeding the world yet, but it was feeding thousands of people at the Common Ground Country Fair last weekend.

"The 36th Common Ground Country Fair organized by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association drew 59,000 people this year. And it netted $300,000 in ticket sales and booth fees, which pays for training programs for new farmers, workshops and operating expenses.

"...spread out over the 200-acre grounds of the association headquarters here - where the water in the barnlike exhibition hall and offices is heated with solar panels, and Ben and Angela Mackie, the resident farmers, pasture their livestock and raise heirloom vegetables and medicinal herbs - the Common Ground Fair marks the season as clearly as the fall equinox, which nearly coincided with the opening date of the fair this year, Sept. 21. Read more    

photo by Stacey Cramp for the NYTIMES 











apples & pumpkins Bartlett's Orchards (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


Lakeview Orchard (Tues - Sundays) 

94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesboro, MA


Riiska Brook Orchard (Fri - Sun or by appointment)

101 New Hartford Rd.
Sandisfield, MA


Windy Hill Farm

686 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA



pumpkins Howden Farm
(weekends only, 11 - 5pm)

303 Rannapo Rd.

Sheffield, MA



Ioka Valley Farm 

3475 Route 43

Hancock, MA



  Farmers Markets are open only a little bit longer!  


                                               Support your local farmer!

hawk dance farm at FM by NC  




What We're Reading


From California:


Why Labeling GMOs is Important

What is Proposition 37?  Written with broad input from food groups, industry, science, legal and health experts Prop. 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) requires clear labels letting consumers know if foods are genetically modified. We already have food labels showing nutrition, allergy information and other facts consumers want to know. This measure simply adds information telling us if food is produced using genetic engineering.



More info from the campaign for Prop 37 here



Right to Know Prop 37 Big Ag Spends Big Bucks to Keep GMOs in Your Food Secret


-By Tom Philpott in Mother Jones 




Prop 37 Funding: Total Contributions, by Donor
Chart at KCET here and 


These companies don't want GMOs labeled in California


By Twilight Greenaway on



Poll finds Prop. 37 is likely to pass
In USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll, supporters of labeling for genetically engineered food outnumber foes 2 to 1.


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!



Keep Berkshires Farming 2nd Community Forum
Monday October 22nd at 6:30 - 8:30 pm
The State of Agriculture in South Berkshire County
First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

Public involvement is essential, if you live in Alford, Egremont, Great Barrington, Mt. Washington and Sheffield -- please participate!  

Our Food System Family Tree


   Great Barrington  Ag Commission                           Glynwood's  Keep Farming Model       

                              \     /

                         Keep Berkshires             Berkshire Regional

                               Farming - - - - - - - Planning Commission

                                                         \     /

Sustainable Berkshires                      
 Keep Berkshires Farming County Wide



If you live and eat in Great Barrington, Sheffield, Mount Washington, Egremont and Alford please come hear what we have learned from farmers, restaurant owners/ chefs, food distributors, schools, consumers.  Join the brainstorming! 


For details, call Melissa Adams, Glynwood at 413-268-8269, or Amy Kacala at BRPC, 413-442-1521 or Luke Pryjma 413-281-2651


The Keep Berkshires Farming program is sponsored by the Glynwood Center in partnership with Sustainable Berkshires, an initiative of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

 Farm tour  of  Three Maples Garden Market  


three maples market garden Berkshire Co-op Market Farm Tour of Three Maples Garden Market on Saturday October 13th 10 AM

sign up at the Berkshire Co-op



Situated on four acres near the border of Massachusetts and New York, Three Maples Market Garden produces naturally grown greens, herbs and vegetables for the Berkshire County community. Farmers Cian and Amanda grow food on land that has laid fallow for decades. 



Edible Education: Season 2
Wednesday October 3rd, 7 pm at the Lecture Center 
at Bard College at Simon's Rock, videotaped lectures 
Michael Pollan Michael Pollan taped at UC Berkeley
Co-hosted by Berkshire Co-op Market, Bard College at Simon's Rock and Berkshire Grown Berkshire Co-op Market

 October 17th  
The Farm Bill : with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Dan Imhoff, and Ken Cook 

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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator