October 2015 Berkshire Grown e-news

ALWAYS CALL AHEAD for availability!
Windy Hill apple
Bartlett's Orchards (weekends) 
575 Swamp Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 

Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery
508 Canaan Rd.
Richmond, MA
413-698-3301 or 800-833-6274    
Jaeschke's Orchard
736 Crane Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Lakeview Orchard (Tues - Sundays) 
94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesboro, MA
Riiska Brook Orchard (Fri - Sun or by appointment)
101 New Hartford Rd.
Sandisfield, MA

Maynard Farms & Orchards
326 River Rd. , Ulster Park, NY 12487
Phone: 845-331-6908  
Windy Hill Farm
686 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA
  pumpkin closeup
Howden Farm
(weekends only, 11 - 5pm)
303 Rannapo Rd.
Sheffield, MA
Ioka Valley Farm
Free Hayrides 
* Animal Petting Area 
* Pumpkin Slingshot 
* Mazes 
* Pumpkin Races
September 20th - October 26th 
10 am - 5:50 pm 
(rain or shine)
3475 Route 43
Hancock, MA


A huge, huge thank you to chefs, farmers, underwriters and all who attended the Harvest Supper!!! 25 chefs created delicious, beautiful, inspired food featuring the bounty of products raised and produced right here in the Berkshires
Farmer Jessica Camp and Steph Moran of MX Morningstar Farm in Copake. Photo: Rachel Louchen, Rural Intelligence
"In addition to networking and advocating for farmers and promoting locally grown food, Berkshire Grown is also famous for its annual Harvest Supper, which brought in 31 diverse food vendors for its 17th year..." read more in Rural Intelligence

Thank you Caroline Alexander of Berkshire Food and Travel for pictures here
Castle Street Cafe's owner/chef, Mike Ballon by Caroline Alexander
Lucy and Brian Rollins of Peace Valley Farm, Photo: Rachel Louchen, Rural Intelligence

Support your local farmers - a few FARMERS MARKETS are still open:
check out times and locations on Map-o-licious.
HFM greens garlics

Great Barrington:
Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Rd.
Saturdays: November 21, December 19, January 16 and February 13
Williamstown: Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham Street
Sundays: November 22 and December 20
Tursted roots at HFM yellow tint

Come celebrate the joys of autumn at the 81st annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival! One of the longest running of its kind, the Harvest Festival offers family fun, great food, local craft vendors, a farmers market, giant tag sales and so much more.    



Saturday and Sunday October 10th and 11th from 10am - 5pm  




Admission to

the Festival is $5 and kids under 12 are free.  



Harvest Festival is held on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and all proceeds go to benefit the Garden's education program.  To learn more click 






October 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 
Berkshire Botanical Garden,
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262,

Learn how to extend the season's harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and early spring months. Consider growing under cover in an unheated structure and learn techniques necessary for a four-season harvest. Following the lecture, Pete Salinetti will lead a field study to Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA.  Cost: $60

Buy tickets on Eventbrite

"Do you always say "yes" when asked if you want a dill pickle to accompany your sandwich? Does your hot dog not taste right until you've heaped it with sauerkraut? When given the choice, do you choose sourdough bread?

"These foods and many more are the result of fermentation, an ancient practice whose time has come for renewed popularity..." read more in

 the Berkshire Edge by Laurily Epstein

    1. *    *    *
      Fire Roasted Catering will present locally sourced house-made charcuterie, their famous wood-roasted spinnin' chickens and all the fixin's for this event.

What we are reading 
At Berkshire dairy farm, state policies stifle energy independence 
By Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Edge

 "...[Pine Island farmer Louis] Aragi, 45, moves like a man who is powered by something more than the rest of us. It's a good thing, since this farm operation, with a total of 1,600 cows, requires stamina and a sharp mind. Energy isn't all that's created here; this farm and family compound, where Aragi has lived his whole life, is almost entirely self-sufficient... read more in The Berkshire Edge.


Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly.  Please send information to barbara@berkshiregrown.org, thanks!  Join Berkshire Grown   here.

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

Like us on Facebook