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--July 2013
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Pick Your Own!
Taste the difference of farm fresh and local.


Call or check web sites for what fruit is  available!

Photo by Jason Houston. 


The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY

(518) 733-1234 or 733-6772   
Blueberry Hill Farm, Mount Washington, MA


Blueberry Hill Farm, Town of Washington, MA

Bug Hill Farm, Ashfield, MA
413- 628-3980
Lakeview Orchards, 94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesborough, MA 01237

Riiska Brook Orchard, Sandisfield

Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington
Harvest is weather dependent, so always call ahead for picking details.

Farmers' Markets!
Check out two new farmers markets in the Berkshires:

Downtown Pittsfield
Farmers' Market

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

First Street between Fenn St and Eagle St  WEBSITE

Adams Pilot Farmers Market:


Sundays, beginning July 21st through September

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Adams Visitor Center, 3 Hoosac St., Adams, MA


Vendors include Berkshire Grown member: 

Elmartin Farm- Grass-fed beef and pork

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

July in the Berkshires!
Inaugural North Berkshire
Homestead Tour

Saturday July 20th, 10 am - 3 pm


Discover what's happening in the front and back yards of your neighbors. From chickens to sheep, an orchard to a sugar bush, edible gardens to cider making, discover the wonders of growing and making your own during Hoosac Harvest's inaugural North Berkshire Homestead Tour.  

    Tickets are $15 and support subsidized shares at Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg and Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough. Tickets are available at Shima Boutique, North Adams; Images Cinema, Wild Oats Market and Where'd You Get That?!, Williamstown.

      "The Homestead Tour is an extreme garden tour," says Caroline Scully, Hoosac Harvest core group member. "It's a chance to take a peek at small and large homesteads while supporting the work of Hoosac Harvest whose mission is access to local food for everyone."

 Photo of Lee Venolia's Homestead in Williamstown. 


Hilltop Orchards

Home of Furnace Brook Winery

Saturday, July 20  


Full Moon Hike & Bonfire


A guide will lead the group on a hike of approximately 1-1.5 hours beginning at 8:00pm. A bonfire, wine tasting and live musical entertainment immediately following.

The cost is $10 which includes the guided hike and tasting of up to six Furnace Brook Wines. Adults 21 and older please.
Pre-registration suggested as they take a maximum of 60 hikers. Call to pre-register for hike: 413-698-3301
or email winemaker@furnacebrookwinery.com

Wild Oats Market Hosts

Ice Cream Social  

Saturday, July 20, 1-4 pm

Make Your Own Sundae with Ice Cream and Toppings from Local Businesses-All Proceeds Benefit the North Adams Public Schools' Garden Mosaics Program.  

Wild Oats Co op Williamstown

This program, which began in 2008, connects gardening and service opportunities to the schools through a hands-on gardening education program that supplies the Berkshire Food Project with roughly 300 pounds of fresh, organic produce a year.



The Wild Oats ice cream social will feature local ice creams donated by Bart's Homemade Ice Cream of Greenfield, MA and SoCo Ice Cream of Great Barrington, MA, as well as local sorbet donated by Blue Moon Sorbet of Quechee, VT. We'll have toppings donated by Tierra Farm of Valatie, NY and BOLA Granola of Great Barrington. Wild Oats will supply the homemade whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fruit toppings, and other items for your "Locavore SuperSundae". They guarantee a sundae smorgasbord that will delight even the choosiest connoisseur of frozen confections! The price for adults is $5; and for children 12 and under $3.




Open House at Bug Hill Farm 


Sunday, July 21, 2013, 11am - 4pm

           (Rain date: Sunday, July 28, 11am - 4pm)


502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield, MA 01330


  Bug Hill Farm currants

  • Enjoy samples of products by Bug Hill Farm, Steady Lane Farm & Turkish Kitchen (Please bring a cooler if you'd like to take refrigerated or frozen products with you.)
  • Farm tours
  • Mini workshops on edible landscaping & greenhouse berry production
  • Cooking demo on making fruit "shrubs"
  • PYO whatever's ripe



Summer Open House  


& Ice Cream Social at Sheep Hill

Friday July 27th from 2 - 4 pm

Williamstown Rural Land Foundation 


Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation sheep hill Who doesn't love ice cream! 



Join the WRLF on Friday July 27th from 2-4 PM  for the annual summer Open House and Ice Cream Social, featuring local ice cream with tasty toppings and seasonal fruits, nature activities for kids, and all of Sheep Hill to explore.  Details 


Berkshire Cheese Trail
& the Berkshire Charcuterie Trail
Taste Trails 7.2013

Thanks to
Berkshire Farm And Table for  two great self-guided Taste Trails:

* A Berkshire Cheese Trail *


* A Berkshire Charcuterie Trail *

featuring many of Berkshire Grown member farms and

Wend your way through the region fro
m farm to eatery, savoring delicious locally made and locally raised cheese and meats.

You can read an article about the trails in the latest issue of
 Berkshire Magazine, written by Berkshire Grown board member Jake Levin, a.k.a.



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 you 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 


What We Are Reading

"The True Deservers of a Food Prize"

What We're Watching

Berkshire Blue: Handcrafted blue cheese made right in Berkshire County!  

watch TV show:"Mass Appeal" channel 22

Berkshire Blue Cheese
Owner Ira Grable and his daughter Rori Grable-Cook shared more about how this cheese is made on TV, watch here!

Berkshire Blue is a raw Jersey cow's milk cheese crafted by hand working with small batches of milk picked up right after morning milking at a nearby farm.

Congratulations to Berkshire Organics!
A Top 12 Right-to-Know Grocer!
berkshire organics tomatoes Chosen by Organic Consumers Organization as one of the top 12 grocers in the country for providing information to consumers.
Visit the store, check out the website!
813 Dalton Division Rd. (The former Burgner's Farm)
Dalton, MA
What we are reading
   So many Berkshire Grown members recognized in the latest issue of Travel & Leisure, in an article called "The New Berkshires." From its opening featuring Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market, to accolades for a bunch of our member inns and eateries, to the nods to several of our farmers: Blue Hill Farm, Indian Line Farm and Rawson Brook Farm. Fun reading here!

Opportunity for a farmer in Lee


Profitable plant nursery in prime Berkshires location looking for new owners after 34 successful years.


After 34 wonderful years, my husband and I have decided it's time to sell our nursery, Golden Hill Nursery in Lee, MA, so we can spend more time with our grandchildren. It's an incredible opportunity for the right person, with the ability to work just HALF the year if you wish, or the opportunity to expand to a year-round business and vastly increase profits.

Our nursery is located on approximately 3-4 acres at the base of October Mountain State Park on a main throughfare between Lee and Lenox. In addition to three greenhouses, there are acres of untouched land just ready to be organically farmed or expand the nursery business significantly. We'd be happy to share our knowledge to the new buyer. It's an incredible opportunity to increase work-life balance and spend more time in the fresh air outdoors. Our kids spent many years of their childhood playing in the nearby brook, selling lemonade outside, and helping us water the plants.  


We have been in business from April-August for 34 years, specializing in rare plants and veggies with a very loyal clientele. 



-Two greenhouses and a cold frame,  28 ft. X 100 ft,  20 ft.X 75 ft., and 14ft. X 100 ft respectively.

-Prime location in the heart of the Berkshire mountains, near second homeowners, Tanglewood, and the downtowns of Lee and Lenox, MA. 

-Current owners will share knowledge of the business including current suppliers to get you started on the right foot. 

-Amazing opportunity for multiple potential businesses: organic farming, nursery, landscaping, farm-to-table nursery for a restaurant, pumpkin patch, farmer's market, the possibilities are endless! 


Asking price is $250,000 for the nursery and surrounding land.

Please call 413 243-3353

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