(1) August 18:  Beyond Farm to Table: the Future of Food
with Dan Barber and Elizabeth Kolbert, buy tickets

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(2) Monday September 15:
Celebrate Farm to Table - Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper

Reservations 413-528-0041

Reservations:  413-528-0041

Tickets $80

Berkshire Grown Members $70




Buy tickets here or call 413-528-0100
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Berkshire Grown E-News
August 2014


Sheryl Lechner, Berkshire Grown Outreach Coordinator visits Berkshire Grown supporter Hotchkiss School

Farm-to-school is a big focus of the local food movement, and it's already got a lot of momentum here in the Berkshires. From the pioneering Project Sprout student-run garden at Monument Mountain High School, to the new Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock, to the thriving Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program at Williams College - which hosts Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers' Markets - there are plenty of students and educators working creatively to get more local food into schools. But nowhere is that pipeline more direct than in Lakeville, Connecticut at The Hotchkiss School - the proud owner and manager of Fairfield Farm. 
Hotchkiss farm project
Farm Manager Ellie Youngblood, Fairfield Farm Curriculum Coordinator Charlie Noyes, and Dining Services General Manager Andy Cox in front of the construction site for the new farm storage and processing building at the Hotchkiss farm. By Sheryl Lechne

Fairfield Farm, on Route 41 just down the road from the main campus of the private preparatory school, comprises 280 acres. ...Longtime farmer Allen Cockerline of Whippoorwill Farm, also in Lakeville, has helped manage the farm and get it off the ground. This spring, the school hired its first full-time farm manager: Ellie Youngblood, a 2010 Hotchkiss graduate who grew up nearby in Kent ... Read more


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


Call or check web sites for what fruit is  available!


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.

The Berry Patch
(518) 733-1234 or 733-6772 
The Berry Patch has a bountiful crop of beautiful blueberries and needs some help harvesting part of their blueberry patch.  The Berry Patch was also fortunate enough to receive a US Department of Agriculture grant to try an innovative way of combating an invasive insect that threatens the blueberry crop nationwide.   The Berry Patch has enclosed their entire blueberry planting with a very fine insect netting with a vestibule entryway to try to prevent the invasive species from getting into their planting.
In their 16 years of growing No Spray blueberries, The Berry Patch has never seen such a heavy crop, so they are offering PYO Blueberries.  Because they have a scientific research project in progress, and because the bushes are so intertwined with each other due to the heavy crop load, they find they must require pickers to be 12 years old and older.
Be a part of history!  Pick blueberries in a no spray planting that is the first in the country to try this innovative method of controlling an invasive species.  If the research succeeds, it could help every small scale blueberry grower in the United States!
The Berry Patch is open for picking 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.  Stock up for winter with no spray blueberries, one of the healthiest-for- you crops that you can eat!


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Williamstown Theater Festival @ Cricket Creek... 


A local food, local farm, local family event

with a live concert performance by PigPen Theatre Co.

$15 Adults | $10 Kids 6-18 | Free under 6


Today Sunday August 10  shuttles begin 3:30pm  



Purchase tickets  

PigPen Theatre Co., presenting THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON on the WTF Nikos Stage August 6-17, will perform a family concert of their unique brand of contemporary folk music set against the spectacular views from Cricket Creek Farm.

+The bounty of local agriculture and locally produced food with special offerings from Red Apple Butchers, Hops & Vines, the Mezze Food Truck, Cricket Creek Farm, and Big Elm Brewing.

Music kicks off at 6, but come early for tours of the farm, cheesemaking and milking demonstrations, and family games and craft activities.


A Chef's Life bookcover
What we are reading:

Michael Ballon's new book is available at Castle Street Cafe 
What We Are Reading

The Great Tomato Debate: Heirlooms, Hybrids, or GMOs?

By Brie Mazurek 



Indian Line tomatoes FM 8.2014 With their rainbow colors and odd shapes and sizes, the appeal of heirloom tomatoes is undeniable. But more than just a pretty face, these darlings of the summer farmers market also represent diversity and freedom in our food supply.


"People ask me, 'Is this heirloom or hybrid?'" says farmer Bill Crepps of the Winters, California farm Everything Under the Sun. "You can tell that there's something they don't like about the word 'hybrid.'"


Crepps, who grows more than 20 varieties of tomatoes, recognizes the allure of heirlooms. But he also thinks hybrids have received a bad rap, in part because people confuse them with genetically engineered (or GMO) plants. He believes that hybrids hold an important place on small, diverse farms. "I grow heirlooms for their variety, but I rely on hybrids for their disease resistance," he says.

- See more at: CIVIL EATS 



It's the season for FARMERS MARKETS
Indian Line Farm

Support your local farmers! Buy directly - the delicious way to strengthen the local economy.
to find local farms and markets.

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