Join us September 16th - farm fresh food tastings - new larger space - seating available!

Reservations:  413-528-0041




Reservations:  413-528-0041

Tickets $80

Berkshire Grown Members $70


Berkshire Grown Newsletter
--September 2013
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Farmers' Markets!

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Visit a farmers' market!!!

Downtown Pittsfield
Farmers' Market - NEW in 2013!

May 11 - October 26
Saturdays 9am - 1pm

First Street between Fenn St and Eagle St  WEBSITE
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September in the Berkshires!

The Brilliance of Honeybees!
 September 10th at 6:30 pm
Williams  College
Griffin Hall, Room 3  
With chef and beekeeper 
 Laurey Masterton 
her new book is 

Laurey Masterson is a beekeeper, café owner, caterer, and chef/spokesperson for The National Honey Board. Through her speaking engagements, cooking demonstrations, and classes, she is constantly in front of large audiences enthusiastically teaching the benefits of using and eating local ingredients including honey. She grew up in Vermont and now lives in North Carolina where she runs Laurey's Café.


The evening will include a tasting of locally produced honey.

Aesthetic Edibles & Polluted Paintings

Reception: September 13, 4:00 p.m.
Show: September 13-September 27
Williams College
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance atrium


Robin Gimm '14 was the artist-in-residence at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives during summer 2013. She presents botanical pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings in an effort to to give visual form to abstracted ideas of sustainability.  


Cricket Creek Farm grilled cheese sandwiches will be served.


In Aesthetic Edibles, Gimm highlights the inherent beauty of plants in detailed ink drawings of common garden varieties. In Polluted Paintings, she addresses a variety of environmental and sustainability concerns, including climate change, food, water pollution, and biodiversity, by reinterpreting famous artwork as if it was created in a polluted world.


The Berkshire community will celebrate its vibrant small business community and the seventh anniversary of the launch of BerkShares, the region's local currency, on September 22nd at 7:30 pm.   

All residents and visitors of the Berkshires are invited to attend the event at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Tickets are $10 or 10 BerkShares, available through the Mahaiwe box office. Admission is free to owners of BerkShares businesses and to members of BerkShares, Inc.



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're Reading

Building a Better Mass-Market Tomato

By Kenneth Chang in the New York Times

      "The insipid-tomato problem is well known both to salad lovers and scientists. For tomatoes by Stephanie Anderson example, a gene mutation that tomato breeders love because it turns the fruit a luscious red also happens to make it blander. Refrigeration, transportation and other factors also take their toll. Over the decades, the average tomato has become not only less tasty but less nutritious.

       "Enter Dr. Klee, who helped found the Institute for Plant Innovation a decade ago and has been in a quest for a more flavorful and nutritious mass-market tomato ever since.

       "It is easy to find a better tasting and more nutritious tomato. Go to a farmer's market or grow one in the backyard. It is also easy to breed a plant that produces something tastier than a supermarket tomato - cross a sweet heirloom with the supermarket variety. In the greenhouse, Dr. Klee pulls one such hybrid tomato off a vine, and it does taste sweeter. But a hybrid also loses some of the qualities highly valued by commercial growers - it is not as fecund, not as resistant to disease, not as easily grown, not as pretty..."


Keep reading in the NYTIMES   Watercolor by Stephanie Anderson. 

What We're Reading

Mollie Katzen [Moosewood Cookbook] Is Still Cooking

By Leslie Kaufman


"...Since "Moosewood," she has published 11 cookbooks and has a 12th coming out in September: "The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation" (Houghton Mifflin). None have come close to matching the power of the first, which still sells 20,000 to 30,000 copies a year.

     "...People have an emotional attachment to it," she said. "Forty years later, I am still grateful and not at all jaded about what happened with the 'Moosewood,' the fact that it is still around the third and fourth generation."


I personally do not like the word 'foodie,' because as human beings we are all innately drawn to food, so to make food a niche thing is wrong," she said. "I don't even like the word 'chef.' I think they can take the food and sometimes themselves very seriously." Of many of the superstar chefs on TV, she said, "I consider them to be entertainers and media personalities rather than cooks."  


Read more in the NYTIMES 

What we're reading

Not All Industrial Food Is Evil

 Read more in the NY TIMES 

Job Opportunity

The Great Barrington Farmers' Market is seeking a new Farmers' Market Manager.   


The GBFM is seeking a community minded, outgoing and highly organized person who lives in the Great Barrington area.  Some of the duties included are: market set up and take down,  acting as vendor liaison, interfacing with community, scheduling guest chefs and musicians,  writing reports, and working with steering committee to organize the market.  Some activities are performed on a year-round basis.  


Knowledge and/or interest in farming, farmers markets, local/regional food & local food producers is highly valued.  Individual must be able to do moderate lifting, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be computer literate.   Any experience managing a successful, progressive, community based Farmers Market is also plus. This is a paid position with wage based on experience.  Please contact Debbie Barber at 518-672-4817 for a complete job description and application.


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