We're thrilled to host a brunch with Ruth Reichl.
Join us Sunday July 12th: Brunch from 11 - 12 noon, Ruth Reichl 12 noon - 1 pm.  A Benefit for Berkshire Grown, Tickets: $75.   

Ruth Reichl  is the author of many books including her latest, Delicious! (2014). The former restaurant critic of The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, she was Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. As co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant in the seventies, she played part in the culinary revolution that started in Berkeley, California in the 1970s.

"Lawmakers Tour Berkshire Farms to hear their joys, plights"  

There's no better way to see the impact of farming than to visit farms - so Berkshire Grown and the Berkshire County Farm Bureau teamed up with State Senators Ben Downing and Anne Gobi to host a group of legislators to tour farms.  Read more, and see pictures here.  


Legislators and their staff visit Indian Line Farm 

State Senators Ben Downing (D- Pittsfield) and Anne Gobi (D- Spencer, and Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture),  hosted the farm tour. In photo they are listening to Lila Berle at the beginning of the tour of her sheep farm. 

Bruce Howden, at Howden Farm in Sheffield, talking to the legislators.

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 going to read:

This report aims to shed light on how the industrial food and agriculture sector is trying to defuse concerns about the real risks of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and undermine public confidence in the benefits of organic food and diversified, ecological production systems.  See more

AUTHORS:  Kari Hamerschlag, Senior Program Manager for Friends of the Earth's Food and Technology Program Anna Lappé, a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund; head of the Real Food Media Project, a new initiative. Latest book: Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury).


Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the U.S. Right to Know and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, author of the award-winning book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society). In 2012, media director for the California Right to Know ballot initiative (Prop 37) to label genetically engineered foods.


Find locally grown food throughout Massachusetts HERE 

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

An exclusive first look here on Eater.com at Ruth Reichl's new book to be published later this year: 


From Eater.COM: "Noted memoirist, James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic, former Gourmet magazine editor in chief, and recent novelist Ruth Reichl will publish a cookbook later this year. Titled My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, the book - published by Random House - chronicles the period in Reichl's life just after Gourmet magazine folded at the end of 2009.


"It marked a turning point in the world of food media, but no one was more taken aback than Reichl herself. She writes of dealing with the shock, "I did what I always do when I'm confused, lonely, or frightened. I disappeared into the kitchen."  


"These are the 136 recipes that helped Reichl heal after that turbulent time when she didn't know what she would do next. They sound like recipes a food writer would turn to in a moment of uncertainty: Kale with chiles and garlic; peach cobbler; chicken and mushroom fricassee; grilled cheese; and "a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues."


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