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News & Events December 2012
Berkshire Grown  online 

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PLEASE JOIN US THIS WEEKEND - for the *last markets until summer*

Make a farmer's day, buy locally!
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Make a difference this weekend!

Buy directly from a farmer -- strengthen our local economy + eat delicious food: 




HFM carrots Asia Luna, Barrington Bites, Bean Yarn, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Organics, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, BerkShore, BOLA Granola, Broody Hill Cookies, Bug Hill Farm, Climbing Tree Farm, Community Cooperative Farms, Cricket Creek Farm, Farm Country Soup, Farm Girl Farm, Foggy River Farm Vegetables, Fox Hill Farm Grassfed Beef, Hillhome Country Products, Indian Line Farm, Klara's Gourmet Cookies, Leahey Farm, Mayflower Farm, Maynard Farms, The Meat Market,  Mystical Rose Herbals, Naga Bakehouse, North Plain Farm, Ooma Tesoro's, Raven & Boar, Sudha Skin Care, Sweet Brook Farm, West River Creamery, Zehr & Sons Mushroom Farm, and several artisan crafts vendors.




kale squash The Williamstown market will host 47 vendors in December including 3-Corner Field Farm, BabyCakes, Barrington Bites, Battenkill Brittle, Berkshire Organics, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, The Berry Patch, BOLA Granola, Bug Hill Farm, Climbing Tree Farm, Community Cooperative Farms, Cricket Creek Farm, Dancing Bare, East Mountain Farm, Elmartin Farm, Farm Country Soup, Gammelgarden Creamery, Gramercy Bistro, Green River Ambrosia, Hawk Dance Farm, Hosta Hill, Ioka Valley Farm, Jaeschke's Orchard, Klara's Gourmet Cookies, The Meat Market, Mighty Food Farm, Mountain Sea Wearables, Naga Bakehouse, Night Owl Bakery, Ooma Tesoro's, Peace Valley Farm, Raven & Boar, SoMa Catering, Sudha Skin Care, Sweet Brook Farm, West River Creamery, Wild Oats Market, Wildstone Farm, and additional artisan crafts vendors.

Photos by Peter Cherneff 



  HFM sponsors 2012



"The Taste of Wheat" by Dan Barber
Chef and Co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns spoke at MAD (means food in Danish) 2 in Copenhagen

Dan Barber MAD2 2012
Dan Barber tells a fascinating story:   

About the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture  

"Changing the way America eats and farms is an ambitious goal-but when we apply new ideas and technology to age-old farming knowledge, amazing things can grow."


Support Berkshire Grown farmers!


Buy Locally Grown + 

Harvest -Your-Own Trees!


Frederick Christmas Tree Farm

Mike Frederick

360 Washington Road (Route 8)

Hinsdale, MA 

413-655-8551 or

Choose-your-own trees


Justamere tree

 Justamere Tree Farm:


J.P. and Marian Welch

248 Patterson Rd.

Worthington, MA 




Justamere Tree Farm's Annual Holiday Choose & Cut Organic Christmas Trees

will be available on the farm Saturdays and Sundays in December from

9am-4pm. All trees at $35 with plenty from 3-8 feet available.  Come by our

picturesque farm in Worthington, MA for a idyllic winter experience.

Explore our acres of trees and woods while searching for the perfect tree.

All of our Pure Maple Syrup products as well as our Handcrafted Brooms will

be available for sale at the farm, along with our handmade holiday swags and

wreaths!  For more information visit our website or call the farm at 413-238-5902




Ioka Valley Farm

The Leab Family

3475 Route 43

Hancock, MA



Winter Santa Ioka  Valley Farm Cut-your-own of pre-cut trees. Five varieties of Christmas trees and a hayride in "Santa's Cap" to the Christmas Tree Plantation. Open weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas

9:30 am-4:30 pm. Café open for breakfast. 
They also have an online Maple Store, Natural Beef, a Sugar House,  Uncle Don's Barnyard

  Visit them online.





Seekonk Tree Farm

Peter and Carol Sweet

32 Seekonk Cross Rd.

Great Barrington, MA


Cut-your-own or pre-cut trees in six varieties. Open through Dec. 24th, Monday-Friday 12:30-5 pm and 9am-5pm on weekends, or by appointment. The website here gives you information on a variety of trees: Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, White Spruce and White Pine.  They offer the stand straight tree system, and if you want to cut your own they provide saws. They also have wreaths, roping and more.


Quick Bites


KBF jan 9, 2013 flyer


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 Nichole 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!



BG TshirtJoin us at THE FARMERS' MARKETS   
Saturday December 15 Great Barrington

Sunday December 16 Williamstown
Bean Yarn

purple and green veggies  
Sweet Brook Farm Photos by Peter Cherneff from the Holiday Farmers' Market turnips 2 2011 HFM in Great Barrington, Nov. 17, 2012 garlic cheese cricket creek

What We Are Reading 

New matchmaking efforts seek to keep farm life flourishing

"Farming is an age-old trade, but it's becoming increasingly tech-driven with apps and innovations that are altering the industry. The latest agriculturally-minded startups are focusing energies on fostering connections between farmers, consumers, and even investors. Together, these and other new initiatives are helping to ensure that crop-yielding operations remain well-oiled."  read more on Cassandra Daily



 Farmigo: Inspired by farmer's markets and CSAs, Farmigo encourages group buying from local farmers by matching them up with locavores through technology that simplifies the grower-to-buyer process. (In NY and CA, and growing.) 


weed dating Weed Dating is a clever riff on speed dating that has been sprouting up in rural communities across the country. In an effort to introduce young farmers "organically," farms and non-profits, like Greenhorns, have taken to organizing events for singles looking to meet someone special-without, having to hit a bar or join a matchmaking service. The idea is similar to crop mobs, which are groups of volunteers that help unsuspecting small farms on the weekends. The key difference is that with Weed Dating, everyone arrives single and ready to mingle.  


What We're Watching

Michael Pollan on The [very young] Food Movement, and on Right to Know Prop 37
Proposition 37, the California Proposition that did not pass.
Michael Pollan  
PROP 37 would have required labels Genetically Modified Food. Listen
What brought Food to visibility as a political issue?

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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator