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--May 2013
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May 22nd 7 pm Reserve your ticket now!
Event new approaches may 22 2013
Join us! Make a reservation HERE 

Farmers' Markets!
Welcome to a new farmers market:

Downtown Pittsfield
Farmers' Market

All New Market! 
May 11 - October 26
Saturdays 9am - 1pm

First Street between Fenn St and Eagle St  WEBSITE
Berkshire Area
Farmers' Market

Berkshire Mall
Parking Lot
Lanesborough, MA

May 8 -  Thanksgiving

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8am - 2pm


  Great Barrington 
 Farmers' Market

At the Historic Train Station downtown behind Town Hall
Great Barrington, MA

May 11 - October 26
Saturdays 9am - 1pm


Lebanon Valley Farmers Market

On the green at the Midtown Mall,
501 Routes 20/22
New Lebanon, New York

May 19 - October 13
Sundays 10am-2pm.

Farmers' Market

at Shakespeare and Company
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA

May 24 - October 11
Fridays 1pm - 5pm


Farmers' Market

at Norfolk Town Hall 
Norfolk, CT 

May 18 - October 12 

Saturdays 10am - 1pm

Otis Farmers Market

In the parking lot of Papa's Healthy Food and Fuel
2000 East Otis Road
May 11 through October 12

Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm
Sheffield Farmers' Market

Old Parish Church
parking lot
Rte 7/Main Street 
Sheffield, MA  
May 10 - October 11 

Fridays 2:30pm - 6:30pm



West Stockbridge Farmers' Market  
Merritt Green on Harris Street Way in Village Center
West Stockbridge, MA

May 23 - October 10

Thursdays 3pm - 7pm

Williamstown  Farmers'      Market         
South End of
Spring Street
Williamstown, MA

May 25 -  October 12  

Saturdays 9am - 1pm 
Berkshire Grown  initiates  
The Beginning Farmer 
                      Mentoring Program:  

Berkshire Grown has facilitated partnerships between beginning farmers (farming 10 years or less) with experienced farmers in the Berkshires through our new Mentoring Program.

"This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA,
Grant #
.  To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program." Woven Roots Farm

Many many thanks to the USDA!
Jen and Pete Salinetti with their children at Woven Roots Farm, Lee, MA are mentors, sharing their experience with new farmers. 

May in the Berkshires!
10th Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival - Saturday May 4th


Saturday May 4th, 11 am - 3 pm 


671 Cold Spring Road,Williamstown, MA 01267

(413) 458-2494


Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation sheep hill Shearers and herders, weavers and spinners, artisans, crafters, farm goods and barnyard animals.  

Fiber crafts.                            



Food available for purchase. $5 individual or $15 Family (Members $3 or $9 family)

Railroad Street Youth Project  hosts:
Cinco de Mayo dinner
to celebrate the
Apprenticeship program.  The youth culinary program works to create a more intimate experience between young people and local foods!

Sunday, May 5th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Rubi's in Great Barrington 

Tickets - $35 per person
(includes festive food prepared by the young chefs in RSYP's Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program and their mentor (and President of Berkshire Grown Board), Chef Brian Alberg)

Having trouble with Pollination?


David Graves will talk about Mason Bees


bee May 9 at 8:00 PM


First Baptist Church, Parish Hall

88 South Street, Pittsfield, MA


Enter from the side door near the Co-Op Bank

Suggested Donation $5

For more information Call Bruce @ 229-8481

Sponsored by Berkshire County Farm Bureau, Berkshire Grown

and Keep Berkshires Farming.


Muddy Brook Elementary School

Saturday, May 18, 11am to 3pm  Great Barrington.

Mud Day celebrates the Berkshire environment, hands on activities for the family, local food & more!

Project Sprout, a student-led garden at Monument Mountain Regional High School will be hosting their annual Cookout (formerly Pig Roast) to raise funds for Monument Mountain students to grow fresh produce for the cafeterias of their district in the on-campus vegetable garden

Tickets can be purchased at Route 7 Grill or The Bookloft any time before the event, or outside of The Berkshire Co-op Market and Guido's Fresh Marketplace on weekends.  

Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival


Sat.-Sun., May 25-26

10am-6pm (5pm on Sun.)
Chatham Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY


wine tasting Furnace Brook Winery The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail members* host inaugural wine and food festival Memorial Day Weekend -Tickets are $25 including free tastings and souvenir wine glass. Bounce house, children under 12 are free.


*Berkshire Grown member Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA is on the trail.  



Films on farms & food:
Berkshire International Film Festival

Great Barrington and Pittsfield, MA
May 30 - June 2, 2013

Film: After winter, spring BIFF 2013

reveals the human story of family farming in France at a turning point in history at BIFF 

2:15 PM     Fri, May 31 Triplex 



Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the Film GMO OMG BIFF 2013   

systematic corporate takeover and potential  loss of humanity"s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. BIFF details here

Sat.  June 1: 11:15 Triplex



Film Local Lunch BIFF 2013 LONGING FOR A LOCAL LUNCH, a Young Voices for the Planet" film produced by children's author Lynne Cherry, features Great Barrington students concerned about climate change calculating CO2 emissions and nutrition from local vs processed food. With community support-- including Smitty Pignatelli--they introduce local fare to improve student health through better school lunches. Monument student Zoe Borden asks, "Why not start here and reduce our carbon footprint by buying locally?" Indeed, why not?
1 pm on Sunday June 2 at the Triplex at BIFF here.
Film The Moo Man BIFF 2013 Film is 10 minutes, plays with The Moo Man


Beyond an earnest and surprising look at where your food comes from, this is a heartfelt portrait of a lifestyle and approach of a farmer and his prized cow, facing an uncertain future. Sunday at 1 pm Triplex BIFF 

What We're Reading:

 Making Lunch With authors Michael Pollan (Cooked, Omnivore's Dilemma) and Michael Moss (Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us) by Emily Weinstein in the NYTIMES  

Book Salt Sugar Fat "Mr. Moss, 57, a New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the meat industry (he's responsible for bringing the phrase "pink slime" to light), paints a fairly grim portrait of American eating in his book, depicting it as a never-ending meal of foods salted and sugared to extremes. Even snacks like pita chips and cereal bars, which wear the woolen ponchos of good health, are revealed to be as bad for you as Doritos or Snickers.  


"To the problems Mr. Moss's book describes, Mr. Pollan's book book Cooked by Pollan offers a solution: cooking, the way to avoid frozen meals, fast food and any other product developed in the name of convenience.


"Both men cook for their families, and decided that for their meal together, they would make dishes that regularly appear on their tables at home:"  read more here


What We're Reading
Rafi Bildner founder and farmer of October Mountain Farm in Becket, MA on the future of farming and the local food movement. 

From "Lessons From the Field: The Future of the Local Food Movement"

"Though many may not realize it, we live in an age where more and more people (especially young and educated people) are choosing farming as a career path... "

"The whole point of the local food movement is that agriculture should be more community based and farms more sustainable. But due to the high price of gas, seeds, equipment, land, and just about every source of input a farmer needs, it is very hard for a small farmer to make a profit...  "The government needs to step up and help the community-based farm movement grow."
Provocative reading from Salon.com:
"The way food used to be:
The myths of foodie nostalgia"
Excerpted from Emily Matchar's new book:
Homeward Bound:   Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity


Book Homeward Bound

Food writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Pollan entrance readers with their rhapsodies on the Way Food Used to Be, memoirists enthuse about trading their busy urban lives for a more "authentic" existence on a farm,


These narratives appeal to our collective sense of nostalgia: pink-cheeked farmwomen kneading homemade bread, mothers and daughters shelling sun-warmed peas on country porches, and multigenerational families gathered happily around the dinner table to tuck into Grandma's hand-plucked roasted chicken. As the oft-quoted Michael Pollan saying goes, "Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food" (in my case, that would mean a steady diet of pierogies and cabbage).

Unfortunately, this cozy vision obscures the often-grimy truths about what cooking was really like for our foremothers and -fathers in the preindustrial, preconvenience era.


Provocative, read more SALON. COM 


What We're Watching
Food Forward

 a PBS documentary series that highlights food rebels across the United States - chefs, scientists, farmers, fishermen, teachers and others - working to create a healthier food system.
Check out the website, here!   

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