Edible Berkshires

HIGH CUISINE

Coffee Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche at 3,491 Feet

Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock in Adams offers a restaurant unlike any other in the state. For starters, it sits on the summit of our tallest mountain and, at 3,491 feet, it’s the highest you can dine anywhere in Massachusetts. But you won’t be roughing it.

Everything that goes into a meal at Bascom has to be driven up the mountain by one of the staff: Delivery trucks won’t come here. And everything that isn’t used has to be driven right back down before winter sets in. When the lodge shuts down for the season, the inside temperature matches that of the rugged, frigid landscape outside, and anything that can’t take the cold has to be packed out. Last year the restaurant’s chef, John Dudek, accidentally left the plastic top of an ice cream maker in the lodge over winter. … Read the rest

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An opportunity to buy in a growth industry

Visit a farmers market in California and you might find locally grown avocados, dates or grapefruit. OK, so we don’t have those here, but that’s what makes our radishes, corn and tomatoes all the more precious.

The fact that Berkshire farmers can wring such incredible delicacies from such an intense and finicky climate in so few months is all the more testament to their skill and know-how.

Year-round sunshine? Come on, that’s cheating.

The only thing more satisfying than hopping from farm stand to farm stand to stock up in the thick of the growing season is finding it all laid out for you at one of our many farmers markets. The Berkshires are home to several markets teeming with some of the country’s finest ingredients.

“We try very hard to have vendors who produce locally, and then we ask the … Read the rest

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