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News & Events - March 2013
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March Maple Dinner 2013

New this year:
Live Auction at The March Maple Dinner

- Wine Dinner for eight at The Old Inn on the Green

- A Week's Stay at Casa Miel, a home in San Miguel de Allende

Casa Miel Bridgeway

Bid at the Live Auction on a week's stay at   
Casa Miel, a home in  
San  Miguel de Allende 

If you cannot be at the dinner and want to bid, please call 413-528-0041/ e-mail barbara (at) berkshiregrown (dot) org


Casa Miel fountain



San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Live Auction at the March Maple Dinner features a week's stay at Casa Miel, a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Much of the house opens to the courtyard with a beautiful fountain and plants.



Walk in through an old wooden door on a small and quiet, cobblestoned street, and you will enter a secluded jewel of a home in the historic heart of San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Casa Miel entrance

Reserve Your Seat Now for The March Maple Dinner 
& then bid with friends on a Wine Dinner for Eight at The Old Inn on the Green 
If you cannot be at the dinner and want to bid, please call 413-528-0041 Old Inn Dining room 173.04 
"The Old Inn On The Green, which also is an Inn with antique-filled rooms, serves up-to-the-minute cuisine by chef and co-owner Peter Platt...The results of his efforts means diners can revel in times past while enjoying the culinary fruits of today."  
- Boston Globe -
Feb 27, 2013



Farmers and chefs on "The Meaning of Berkshire Grown"
on youtube 
Watch Now!
Inspired? Support us, come to the March Maple Dinner!
Reservations: 413-528-0041

Fresh Films at IMAGES in Williamstown,MA
Details here

  Film Festival Images 3.13







James Beard plates

In celebration of this year's "Berkshire Cure-All" dinner at the James Beard House on Friday, March 1, several chefs will feature their highlighted course back home in the Berkshires following the New York City-based event. This Berkshire-based culinary week will spotlight Allium, Bell + Anchor, John Andrews Restaurant, The Meat Market and The Red Lion Inn.

Check out the "Berkshire Cure-All" menu (some of which will be featured back home during 'Beard in the Berkshires Week'

Details here

Informal Q&A With Local Organic Farmers Takes Place at Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA on March 13, 4-5 pm

With: Lisa MacDougall of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT and Jamie Snyder of Happenchance Farm in Eagle Bridge, NY.  There is no cost or need to preregister.

Mighty Food Farm at HFM 2012 Jamie of Happenchance Farm raises vegetables, greens, melons, flowers, berries and more using certified organic methods. Two of his farm's largest crops are mesclun mixed greens and tomatoes.

Lisa (pictured at the Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers' Market) and her crew at Mighty Food Farm grow a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, greens and berries, in addition to offering fresh eggs in their farm store and offering a year-round CSA, which provides a variety of share options for individuals and families.

What We Are Reading


Five More Food Websites You Can't Live Without

by  Beth Hoffman 

See Forbes for all five websites, here are two: 

Boat from FishWatch

1. FishWatch "Are you confused about whether or not it is okay to be eating seabass
?  How is the salmon population doing now that the fish is listed on every menu in the country?  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has developed FishWatch


a website to "provide easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices... more here  


"This website was born out of the genetic engineering (GE) labeling movement, and provides up to date information about what is going on in the campaign to mandate companies to include GE information on food..... "   

 What we are reading  


Local food a growing trend for land trusts 

By Erik Hoffner

Indian Line Farm "When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional 'woods and waters' trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems...

"While land trusts that specialize in farmland, like American Farmland Trust, have been around a long time, this trend of conventional land trusts wading into food systems work is much newer, and it's growing. Statistics shared by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), found that of 912 member trusts surveyed in 2010, 22% reported that farm and ranch preservation was "very important," and 39% said it was "extremely important."...
Keep reading


Quick Bites


Save the dates:


Sunday March 10th at 4 pm Stockbridge Library : Jake Levin

Berkshire Grown Board member Jake Levin "is a nose-to-tail butcher/artist, who loves to cook. He grew up in the woody hills of Western Massachusetts where his passion for local, fresh food was first instilled in him." from the butcher and the baker blog

Stockbridge Library Sunday speaker series   Levin's talk will focus on his efforts towards creating a holistic and sustainable practice, one that erases the lines between being a butcher, he's the butcher at The Meat Market, being an artist, and being an active member of the community. 


Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market

a 24 hour Farmers' Market! 



purple and green veggies 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 Peter Cherneff.   

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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