February 28, 2015


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The Berkshire Visitors Bureau new focus for 2014 is Taste Berkshires, and we’re happy to see Berkshire Grown members featured! Their first spotlight article takes a look at Cricket Creek Farm, Chocolate Springs and Table Six restaurant at the Kemble Inn. Looking forward to more local food heroes in future Taste Berkshires posts!

MORE INFO at the Berkshire Visitors Bureau

A farmer writes in Huffington Post:

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Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System
(Huffington Post) by Rafi Bildner – With a staff of just one full and two part-time employees (along with a dedicated volunteer board), Berkshire Grown has established itself as a true umbrella organization for local food in Western Massachusetts. They provide essential resources for small farmers, and have created a true brand for local food in the region. While they do an incredible job, they’re not unique: Organizations like Berkshire Grown operate all over the country, filling a key role in our national small-scale food system, making them bedrocks of the “local food” movement. Yet while the latest Farm Bill continues to provide substantial resources for large, commodity-producing farms, it does not do enough for small (and sustainable) operations, that could most use the support.

Cultivating a Sustainable Food System

GreenLivingSeminar2014Thursdays at 5:30  at Murdock Hall, Room 218 MCLA in North Adams, free and open to the public
Creating Sustainable Food Systems

For more information 413-662-5303413-662-5303 Elena Traister

If you miss this first of a series, watch online.

Thursday March 6 at 5:30Susatainble Business as a Vehicle for Social Change

Thursday March 20th at 5:30

Current Status of Farming in Berkshire County

Melissa Adams, Keep Berkshires Farming Program Coordinator and Sarah Gardner, Williams College Center for Environmental Studies Associate Director.

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Courses Thursdays at 5:30 through April: 4/24/14.

2014 Maple Recipe Contest

maple syrup buckets severalThink beyond the pancake: Submit your favorite maple recipe!

For hundreds of years Massachusetts sugarmakers have been making pure, sweet, all-natural maple syrup, and cooks have been using it for baking and cooking in endless ways. Maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes! This delicious, all-natural sweetener can be used in marinades, in baking, and for many other cooking purposes. Now you could win a prize if your recipe featuring 100% pure Massachusetts Maple Syrup is the best!

To coincide with our annual March is Maple Month celebration, Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is holding a contest and inviting anyone in Massachusetts to let us taste your most creative and delicious creations. The contest will be held at Williams’ Sugarhouse in Deerfield, MA, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Contestants will bring their dishes to the event and our panel of judges will taste and choose the winners.

Contest Rules

  • Entries may be submitted in three categories: Main dish, Side dish, Dessert
  • Entries will be judged based upon taste, originality, and visual appeal.
  • Each entry must include pure Massachusetts Maple Syrup as an ingredient.
  • The recipe must not have knowingly been previously published and the right to submit the recipe to the contest must not be restricted in any way.
  • Recipe submissions may be published by the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association in electronic or paper form, with credit given to the contestant.
  • Each entry must be brought to the contest, to be held at Williams’ Sugarhouse at 491 Greenfield Road (Routes 5/10) in Deerfield, MA, by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.
  • Entries must be presented as a completed dish, with enough quantity for four judges to taste. Facilities to warm entries will be available at the contest site.
  • Submissions must include the name of the recipe, a list of ingredients with standard U.S. measurements for each, and complete, step-by-step cooking instructions.
  • Contestants must submit entries to info@massmaple.org or Mass Maple, PO Box 6, Plainfield, MA 01070 before Friday, March 14 at midnight. Entries must include contestant’s name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as the recipe(s) being submitted. Submissions can be emailed to info@massmaple.org or mailed to Mass Maple, PO Box 6, Plainfield, MA 01070.
  • Contestants must live in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Prizes will be awarded in each category, and an overall winner will be chosen as well. Prizes include: gift certificates for meals at Ioka Valley Farm, South Face Farm, and Gould’s Sugarhouse; pure Massachusetts maple syrup; and a grand prize of a night at Parker’s Bed & Breakfast and Sugarhouse.

Please contact MMPA coordinator Winton Pitcoff at winton@massmaple.org or 413-628-3912 with questions.

Buy Locally Grown

old chatham cheeseEven in winter you can support local farmers by purchasing cheese, meat, root vegetables and more.

Last Holiday Farmers Markets Dec. 14 -15, Join us!

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Saturday December 14  in Great Barrington from 10 – 2 pm at Monument Valley Middle School

Sunday December 15 in Williamstown from 10 – 2 pm at the Williams College Towne Field House

Many many thanks to our sponsors!

HFM 2013 Sponsors

Keep Berkshires Farming Central Berkshires Nov. 14th

CENTRAL FLYER community forum 11-14-13November 14th, from 7 – 8:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, Walker Street, Lenox, MA

How are we going to scale up local agriculture in the Berkshires?

Keep Berkshires Farming Northern Berkshires Action Plan

Community Forum flyer north11-7-13Join us on Thursday November 7th

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams, MA 7-8:30 pm

Food Week

Food week Check out the wide variety of activities in and around Berkshire County during Food Week!

Keep Berkshires Farming Action Plan!

KBF action plan met nov 2013Three events: join us at the one nearest where you live:

October 24th Great Barrington,

Congregational Church: 7 pm – 8:30 pm


November 7th North Adams,

All Saint’s Episcopal Church: 7 pm – 8:30 pm


November 14th Lenox, Trinity Church: 7 – 8:30 pm


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CENTRAL FLYER community forum 11-14-13