October 2, 2014

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!

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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

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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

FOOD WEEK: Cows Save the Planet Oct. 22, 2013

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Williams College Tuesday October 22nd,

6:30 pm  Griffin Hall, room 3

In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. She reveals that for many of these problems-climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity-our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.

Griffin Hall

Harvest Supper September 16 at Ski Butternut

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Call 413-528-0041

Berkshire Grown members: $70 per person

Listen to  farmers Ted Dobson, Equinox Farm, and  Laura Meister, Farm Girl Farm, and Chef Daire Rooney, Allium Restaurant + Bar on WAMC.


Join Berkshire Grown!

Buy from a farmer!

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It’s summer – get to know your local farmers!

Buy delicious fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit –  strengthen the local economy!