Thanks for making the first Winter Farmers' Market in January such a success!

  Join us Saturday February 14, 10 am - 2 pm. Let's build the delicious local food economy!  

The new market is an experiment- a great idea.  Now help us make it a success for local farmers! Please tell your friends, colleagues, family, neighbors.... thanks!

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Indoor Winter Farmers' Market, Round Two!

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"Winter Farmer's Markets in the Berkshires"

By Amelia Ritner

Read more in the Berkshire Visitors Bureau Blog Here

Maynard Farm 
Wildstone Farm
North Plain - Blue Hill Farm

Asia Luna


Berkshire Co-op Market

Berkshire Mountain Bakery

Berkshire Wildflower Honey/Mill River Farm

Bug Hill Farm

Carr's Ciderhouse

Caroline's Scottish Shortbread

Chaseholm Farm Creamery

Climbing Tree Farm



Cricket Creek Farm

Hillhome Country Products

Hosta Hill

JK Custom Furniture & Design

Maplewood Fiber Arts

Matt's Cookie Bars

Maynard Farms

Mountain Girl Farm

North Plain Farm & Blue Hill Farm



No. Six Depot

Ooma Tesoro's

Rolling Rock Farm

Sky View Farm

SoCo Creamery

SoMa Catering

Square Roots Farm

Studious Baker

Sweet Brook Farm

Wildstone Farm



Cricket Creek Suzy w sign LISTEN TO SUZY KONECKY of CRICKET CREEK FARM ON WAMC with a preview of the farmers' market.

Monday March 23rd 6 pm

Berkshire Grown's
March Maple Dinner
at Cranwell Resort in Lenox

Host Chef: Daire Rooney
 Allium Restaurant + Bar
Look for an invitation in the mail. 

Drawing for a week in Provence.
You do not need to be there to win. $50 a ticket, call 413-528-0041.  
Spend a week at Chez Kubik in Venasque, France, in the heart of Provence. Three bedrooms, sleeps six.Stay must be complete by November 15, 2015.

Visit for info and photos.

Drawing to be held at the March Maple Dinner on March 23.
Winner need not be present to win!
A New Resource for Farmers in the Berkshires!

The John P. Farkas Fund 



Berkshire Grown has helped create a new source of support for farmers 


Do you own farmland or know someone who does? New support for keeping farmland in farming!

DEADLINE IS EXTENDED: Applications due by February 28, 2015.

The goal of the John P. Farkas Fund is to help keep farm land in farming in Berkshire County. The Fund helps farm families and farmland owners with expenses associated with:
-  protecting farmland,
-  transferring farmland and/or a farm business to the next generation,
-  farm succession planning,
-  arranging the sale or lease of farmland to a farmer, and
farm business planning associated with any of the above

The John P. Farkas Fund will offer grants up to $2,500 to help defray the costs of professional services associated with:


Click HERE for additional information, grant guidelines and application.

For a paper copy of the application and grant guidelines, contact Peggy McCabe at American Farmland Trust. (413) 586-9330 , ext. 17 or at

DEADLINE IS EXTENDED: Applications due by February 28, 2015.


The John P. Farkas Fund is administered by American Farmland Trust, in collaboration with Land For Good, Berkshire Grown, The Carrot Project, and Sheffield Land Trust and is part of the Berkshire Farmland Initiative

What we are reading 

Lentil Underground

"What does it take to farm sustainably-and make a living?  Liz Carlisle tells the engrossing story of the 'audacity rich, but capital poor' Montana farmers who thought lentils were the answer and stuck with them until proved right.  Anyone who dreams of starting a farm or wants to know how organic farmers can overcome the obstacles they face will be inspired by this book."  


Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Food Politics



"Set in the farm belt of red state America, far from the farmer's markets and haute cuisine of coastal cities, 

 confronts the global food system in one of the little known rural communities that will determine its fate..." 

"Who'd have thought that a book about lentil farming could be a page-turner? With a voice as clear and powerful on the page as it is on stage, Liz Carlisle writes the struggles of Montana's farmers as an epic. Their battles with food, finance, healthcare and modern capitalism are both inspiring, and a timely reminder that populism needn't be a dirty word."
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved.


Renegade Farmers And The Future of Food In America


Beautiful Berkshire Farmland Available

Owners of the 250 year-old Alderman Farm in Middlefield, Massachusetts seek a reliable farmer or farming family to develop agricultural operations on this gorgeous, multi-use property. It is located on the borders of Hampshire, Berkshire and Hampton Counties, 25 minutes from Pittsfield, 35 from Westfield, and 45 from Northampton.  


Beautiful Berkshire County farmland with 13A pasture, 6A cropland, newer post and beam barn, water and utilities, perimeter fencing, and sugar bush available for secure lease from supportive landowners open to co-investing in the farm enterprise. This Middlefield property has spectacular views, good potential for seasonal roadside stand, and nearby housing options. Owners welcome expressions of interest and will host tours beginning Mid-March. For more information, contact Kathy Ruhf at


Students raise chickens, & prepare chicken dinners for pick up on FEBRUARY 13

Reserve one of only 30 chicken dinners that will serve a family of four.


Enjoy pasture raised all natural chickens grown right on

Mt. Everett's School campus by the Culinary and Animal Science classes.


Place orders with a Culinary or Animal Science Student or call 229 -8734 Ext. 114. We only have 30 dinners so place orders early. This is based on a first come basis.



                      Reserve a chicken dinner that will serve a family of four complete with potatoes and carrots, a garden salad with dressing, and pumpkin crunch dessert, all for the low price of $35.


All proceeds will go to continuing Pasture to Table Programs at Mt. Everett.
Payment due at time of order, non-refundable.




All orders will be ready for pick up between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 on February 13 in room E5 on Mt. everett's campus.






Join us in discussing how we can build on the work of Keep Berkshires Farming as part of the

Massachusetts Food System Plan.


Tuesday February 24, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM


Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield Public Library)
1 Wendell Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
CONTACT: David Elvin, or 413-781-6045



Topics will include

  • Increasing jobs and sales in food production and processing
  • Reducing hunger and food insecurity, and improving access to healthy foods
  • Reducing food waste and improving energy efficiency
  • Improving state-level regulations and policies

This meeting will feature break-out group discussions, and all will have a chance to contribute. So come prepared!

Who Should Attend?

Food consumers, farmers, retailers, processing businesses, hunger relief and food
pantry works-and anyone who eats!

Refreshments will be provided.

Hosts: Massachusetts Food System Planning Team, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Regional Planning

Commission, Glynwood Center 

In the area?

Check out Berkshire Grown's
Massachusetts grown... and

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    Barbara Zheutlin, Director   
Kate Bailey, Program Coordinator
Jamie Paxton, Outreach  Coordinator
Shannon Barsotti, Farmers' Market Manager, Williamstown
Suzie Fowle, Farmers' Market Manager, Great Barrington  

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