This event sells out - don't miss the celebration:

Celebrate Farm to Table - Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper
Tickets $80, Berkshire Grown members $70
Reservations 413-528-0041

Reservations:  413-528-0041

Tickets $80

Berkshire Grown Members $70



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Berkshire Grown E-News
September 2014

Many thanks to
Dan Barber and
Elizabeth Kolbert,
& thanks to everyone
who came to the event!

If you missed it,
thanks to CTSB TV,
there is a tape of the event here. Enjoy!

Berkshire Co-op Market

What day is it? Is it WEDNESDAY?

Please SHOP at the Berkshire Co-op on Bridge Street in Great Barrington, MA on


Beginning Wednesday September 3, 2014 and also on September 10,17, 24

Berkshire Grown will receive 1%.  

Thank you!



Pick Your Own!



Taste the difference of farm fresh and local.


Call or check web sites for what fruit is  available!

Bartlett's Orchards, Richmond, MA
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 


Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA.  



Jaeschke's Orchard, Adams, MA   apples & pumpkins


Lakeview Orchards, 94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesborough, MA 01237

Riiska Brook Orchard, Sandisfield

Thompson Finch Farm, Ancram, NY



Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington, MA

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

Sunday, September 7th 10-11:30   

Berkshire Co-op Hosts 

Farm Tour @ Hosta Hill Farm in Housatonic, MA


Meet Maddie and Abe and learn more about the farm to fermentation process this Sunday.  Hosta Hill produces a variety of fermented products such as tempeh, kimchi and sauerkraut that can be found at the Co-op and other local farmers markets and stores.  


This tour is organized by the Berkshire Co-op Market. Please call (or stop by) the Co-op to sign up: 413-528-9697413-528-9697 ext.10 


Congratulations Black Queen Angus Farm!

Black Queen Angus award
Morgan Hartman on right. 

This year's Grassfed Exchange gave the Producer Award to Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY. The farm raises Angus seedstock with focuses on maternal efficiency and the ability to work in a grass-finishing environment. They also direct market 100% grassfed beef and have a customer base across several states in the Northeast.


Hartman also was instrumental in the founding of the Winter Greenup Conference held each year in Latham, NY. This is one of the largest and most influential grazing conferences in the northeast. 
Congratulations Cricket Creek Farm!

Maggies Round cricket creek farm cheese Cricket Creek Farm received a second place award in the Farmstead Cheeses category for hard cow's milk cheeses at the American Cheese Society's  annual competition last week.  The honor was given for the cheese Maggie's Reserve - an extra-aged version of the popular Maggie's Round - a raw milk cheese with a natural rustic rind, inspired by the toma cheeses of the Italian Alps.   This is one of the highest honors a farmstead creamery can receive.  This announcement brings national recognition to Massachusetts, and the Berkshires - a region with many exceptional artisanal food producers.



Delicious Events: tickets: Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market

Book Signing & Readings

Sunday September 21 at 4 pm in Lenox  
The Bookstore and GET LIT WINE BAR, 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA

A Chef's Life bookcover Celebrating the "farm to table movement" and sharing fresh ideas and a taste of what he is talking about, Michael Ballon, owner/ chef Castle Street Cafe, will appear at The Bookstore, Sunday Sept. 21 at 4PM to read from his new book.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (29 Main Street) Stockbridge, MA  hosted by the Stockbridge Library
a delightfully delicious discussion with Chef Michael Ballon, author of the new book, A Chef's Life: Farm-to-Table Cooking in the Berkshires

What We Are Reading


The Carrot Project: Helping farmers, one microloan at a time

By Honey Sharp in The Berkshire Edge 

Sarah Chase, center, of Chaseholm Farm Creamery in Pine Plains, N.Y., with Benneth Phelps of the Carrot Project and Adam Higgins of Salisbury Bank.  
"The Greater Berkshire Agricultural Fund," or GBAF, was created in 2009 under the umbrella of The Carrot Project.


"The Carrot Project partners with farmers, lenders, investors, donors, and farm service providers to, first, create loan programs connected to technical assistance, and second, strengthen the sector's knowledge base through research and information sharing."  


Basically, this translates into making loans to farmers and offering pro-bono advice for improving their business practices including long-term financial planning. Such loans require partnering with a bank, in this case, the Salisbury Bank, based in Connecticut that has offices in the Berkshires. Loans range from $5,000 to $75,000 on a 5-year average basis with interest rates that vary from 4.99 percent to 7 percent.


They have provided loans to Leahey Farm in Lee, Chaseholm Farm Creamery in Pine Plains, N.Y. Chubby Bunny Farm in Falls Village, Conn. Read more


In photo:from left, Adam Higgins of Salisbury Bank, Dan and Tracy Hayhurst of Chubby Bunny Farm in Falls Village, Conn., and Benneth Phelps of the Carrot Project, at the Chubby Bunny Farm that received a Carrot Project loan.
What we are reading:

MAD4 Food Festival in Copenhagen: A Rallying Cry for Social Change



[MAD = A community of chefs, cooks and farmers with an appetite for knowledge]  


"Mad" is also the Danish word for "food."


What is cooking?" was the question posed by the organizers of this year's MAD symposium. a two-day festival in Copenhagen


MAD's founder, the Noma chef René Redzepi, and this year's co-curator, the Brazilian chef Alex Atala, invited an array of speakers from varied disciplines and backgrounds - writers, artists, academics, farmers and activists - to discuss the topic and challenge ideas of what it means to be a chef at this moment. For the legendary Indian food writer Madhur Jaffrey, cooking is our cultural identity. For David Hertz, the food activist and founder of the Brazilian nonprofit Gastromotiva, it is a skill to lift people out of poverty. And for Chris Ying, the editor in chief of Lucky Peach and founder of Zero Food Print, cooking might even lead the fight against climate change. Read MORE 


Indian Line Farm

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