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Pick Your Own Strawberries!
Taste the difference of farm fresh and local.

 

Call or check web sites for what's available!

 

Here are Berkshire Grown farmers who are growing pick-your-own strawberries:

 

The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY

(518) 733-1234 or 733-6772   


Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock, MA
(413) 738-5915   

(518)329-7578  



Harvest is weather dependent, so always call ahead for picking details.


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
Farmers' Markets

Opening in June!
     
 Farmers' Market at CHP in Great Barrington 

442 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA

June 6 - Sept. 26
Thursdays 3 - 6pm

SNAP, EBT, Senior and WIC Farmers' market checks accepted

Hillsdale Farmers' Market

Roe Jan Park, 9140 Route 22, half mile south of Rte 23, New York

June 1 - October 12
Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm.


North Adams
Farmers' Market


Municipal parking lot on St. Anthony Drive between Marshall St and Holden St.

June 29 - October 26
Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm.



 More Farmers Markets Here on Berkshire Grown's Map-o-licious 


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New location:  SKI BUTTERNUT in Great Barrington!

June in the Berkshires!
Berkshire Botanical Garden TASTING TERROIR

 TERROIR is the concept that the geology, geography and climate of a certain place interacts with a plant's genetics and in turn affects the taste and characteristics of the fruit that is ultimately produced by that plant.

It is this idea that will be explored at the Berkshire Botanical Garden on
Saturday, June 8th at 4pm when local wine merchant Jim Nejaime and author Paul Lukacs present "Tasting Terroir:  A Story of Earth, Wine and Human Hope." 

"Tasting Terroir" is a lecture paired with a wine tasting that investigates the facts and fictions of terroir and the essential role it has played through the history of wine.  It will be an evening filled with interesting discussion and, of course, fine wines chosen by Jim Nejaime himself.  After the lecture, Paul will be selling and signing his book,  Inventing Wine:  A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures.  All showcased wines will also be available for order through Jim Nejaime's popular wine shop, Spirited.

To sign up, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926 or purchase your tickets online
HERE.

Berkshire Grown's 2013 Buyer's Guide to Locally Grown Food, Flowers and Plants is out!  
 

2013 Farm Guide color  
Woven Roots Farm, Lee, MA               photo by Jonathan Hankin

Find your way to farmers' markets, local farms and farm stands. Look for a copy wherever your find brochures and flyers around the county.
 
You can also browse listings of Berkshire Grown members on Map-o-licious..

The Buyer's Guide is distributed free throughout the Berkshires at more than three dozen locations. Many thanks for support from our members and the 

 

           




 

 

"LONGING FOR A LOCAL LUNCH"
 
Sunday June 23, 11AM at the Triplex,
Great Barrington, MA
 
Film Local Lunch BIFF 2013 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 MA State Representative 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?


What We're Reading:

Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl  

Hash out the Food Revolution

Q: Where did they decide to meet to talk about the Food Movement?


 

Pollan and Reichl at Bell and Anchor From the Smithsonian magazine: "Reichl: In your new book, Cooked, you said, "There's nothing ceremonial about chopping vegetables on a kitchen counter." I have to tell you, I so don't agree with you. For me, chopping onions, putting them in butter, the smells coming up, that's all totally sensual, totally seductive. And truly ceremonial, in the best way. I built a kitchen so that people can stand around and watch me cook.  

 

Photo:  Mark Firth, right, is an owner of Bell and Anchor, stopped to chat with Reichl and Pollan about the origins of their meal-the deviled eggs came from Firth's hens and the charcuterie plate from the pigs on his farm. (Landon Nordeman)

 

Michael Pollan:

"To me onions are the metaphor for kitchen drudgery. Cutting them is hard to do well and they fight you the whole way. But I worked at this for a long time, learned everything I could about onions-why they make us cry, how to prevent it, why they're such a huge part of cuisine worldwide, and what they contribute to a dish. I finally learned this important spiritual truth, which is bigger than onions: "When chopping onions, just chop onions." When I finally got into the zen of cutting onions, I passed over to another place. Part of the resistance to kitchen work like chopping is a macho thing. Men like the big public deal of the grill, the ceremonies involving animals and fire, where women gravitate toward the plants and pots inside 

Thanks to the Smithsonian Magazine, you can "Be a fly in the soup at the dinner table with two of America's most iconic food writers"   

 

What We're Reading
From the Washington Post, 6.10.13:

What's in the Senate farm bill?

Please note: Most the funds in the Farm Bill go to pay for food for people who are hungry...
Farm Bill 2013 Senate

Mark Bittman 
"Welfare for the Wealthy"  

Read  more in the NYTIMES  

"I routinely talk to people who monitor the Farm Bill, a task that's practically a full-time job. One is David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a principled anti-hunger group. Another is Craig Cox, a senior vice president at the Environmental Working Group, among the best NGOs on agricultural policy and just plain consumer advice regarding the various plagues of industrial agriculture.

 

"These people and many others are devoted to feeding the hungry, protecting the environment and boosting sensible agricultural policies, yet they avoid the fatalism that causes some to throw up their hands.


"The current versions of the Farm Bill in the Senate (as usual, not as horrible as the House) and the House (as usual, terrifying) could hardly be more frustrating. The House is proposing $20 billion in cuts to SNAP - equivalent, says Beckmann, to "almost half of all the charitable food assistance that food banks and food charities provide to people in need."  [2] 
Keep reading  


What we are reading
 
Financing Our Foodshed:
Growing Local Food With Slow Money

 

CAROL PEPPE HEWITT is an author, business owner, rabble-rouser, and pioneer in the Slow Money movement.

 

Since co-founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed nearly 80 low-interest loans totaling about $725,000 to 38 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina, building resilience in the local economy from the coast to the mountains.

 

Carol's book,

Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money,

published by New Society Publishers in March 2013, tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those Slow Money entrepreneurs - folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell us local food - and the motivations behind the people in their communities who become their lenders.

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