Taste the difference when berries are farm fresh and local.

 Pick Your Own Berries! Always CALL FIRST, harvests are weather dependent. 

Call or check web sites for what fruit is  available!


The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY



Blueberry Hill Farm, Mount Washington, MA 413-528-1479 



Blueberry Hill Farm, Town of Washington, MA  413-623-5859

Bug Hill Farm, Ashfield, MA 413-628-3980

413- 628-3980 

Lakeview Orchards, 94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesborough, MA 01237 413-448-6009

Riiska Brook Orchard, Sandisfield 413-258-4761
Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington 413-298-3217

Save the Date: 

Monday September 21st for the Harvest Supper
Allium at the Harvest Supper 2014, photo by Reinout van Wagtendonk.


"Perfection is possible," writes Lisa Green, the Editor of Rural Intelligence about the Benefit for Berkshire Grown featuring author Ruth Reichl.

  "On Sunday, July 12, supporters of Berkshire Grown, which champions local agriculture, farmers and locally grown food, gathered in the shaded garden of Hester Velmans and Peter Cherneff, where tables were set with a banquet's worth of food (catered by private chef Jamie Paxton), all sourced from area farms, as well as other items contributed by local restaurants. As the grazing part of the event wound down, guests moved to the barn for the second part of the fundraiser, a talk by guest of honor Ruth Reichl, award-winning food writer, former New York Times food critic and best-selling author. Cheesemonger Matt Rubiner served as moderator and the two food experts talked about food trends (past, present and future) and other delicious subjects.  More on Rural Intelligence.

Photos by Caroline Alexander, Berkshire Food and Travel, who writes: "...Ruth Reichl, best-selling author and former New York Times food critic, spoke  about her thoughts on the Berkshires and what's next with local farming and food. Reichl talked about her friendship with Alice Waters, dating back to the '70s in Berkeley with the culinary revolution; why she has chosen to live in nearby Columbia County; and her advocacy for the local food movement. Reichl is an enthusiastic supporter of Berkshire Grown...." More on Berkshire Food and Travel.

Bug Hill Farm currants Bug Hill Farm invites you this Saturday August 1st, 12:30 - 3:30 


Tastes of Summer Farm-To-Table Luncheon & Workshop

with guest chef Didi Emmons and food writer Odessa Piper

 rain date: August 2nd


$55 for luncheon & workshop; $45 workshop; $15 luncheon


Register online here or call the farm at 413-628-3980!

The Mahaiwe presents a free night of  

South County Stories  

Monday, August 17 at 7pm.    

These short plays written and performed in a collaborative project between theater professionals and community members will focus on teachers, farmers, millworkers and the Housatonic railroad.    Dozens of community members have participated in story circles in recent months, sharing memories and experiences of families who have lived and worked in the Southern Berkshires for many generations.    



The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-16, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts.

Read the workshop program. This year's main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas.

Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more.

The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". 



SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2015    

6 - 7 pm at Bascom Lodge   413-743-1591



 Click for Directions because GPS doesn't always work in the area.   












Trusted Roots Farm, East Chatham, NY (CSA - vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs) Farmers: Cameron Hastie and Blake Etchison


Climbing Tree Farm, New Lebanon, NY (CSA - heritage pork, turkey, lamb, chicken) Farmers: Schuyler and Colby Gail

Many Forks Farm, Clarksburg, MA (CSA - vegetables, herbs, flowers): Farmer: Sharon Wyrrick



Pictured below is the 2015 Guide to Farms
Look for the Guide at local stores. Support farmers markets!

Many thanks to the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and our members for your generous support for the Farm Guide!

What we are reading

Are Hospital Farms the Next Big Thing in Healthcare Reform?

When it comes to improving the food on today's hospital trays, some medical institutions are finding that onsite farms are the next logical step.

Jodi Helmer in Civileats

"Mark "Coach" Smallwood, executive director at the Rodale Institute, the nonprofit organization that worked with St. Luke's to help get its  farm off the ground, believes there is a growing interest in serving organic, locally grown produce at hospitals.

"Some, like the University of Wisconsin Hospital, buy produce from local farms, others allow the community to use land on their campuses for community gardens.  

"Now, a few hospitals are taking the next step, starting farms on hospital campuses. Among them are Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island and Watertown Regional Medical Center in Wisconsin. Both are now using produce grown onsite to replace fruits and vegetables that are packaged and shipped thousands of miles before reaching patients.... read more in CIVILEATS.


Berkshire Grown has a NEW WEBSITE! 
Find local cheese, meat, seedlings, CSAs, restaurants, & stores
+ Here are resources for farmers 


Find locally grown food throughout Massachusetts HERE 

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Barbara Zheutlin, Director  
Kate Bailey, Program Coordinator 
Jamie Paxton, Outreach Coordinator 

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