Edible Berkshires

COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)

CSA farms sell shares of the season’s harvest to a predetermined number of members. From early June through early November members come to the farm on a designated day each week to pick up their share of the harvest. Some farms offer only vegetable shares, while others include fruit, berries, flowers, eggs, honey and even baked goods. Members typically pay in advance, helping the farmer’s cash flow, and share some of the farmer’s risk—if weather or other factors reduce the harvest, shares may be slimmer—as well as accepting that there may be some items in the share that the buyer might not have purchased otherwise. Many CSAs offer recipes for making the most of unfamiliar fare. Although member shares are likely taken at this time of the year, it doesn’t hurt to make a call if you’re interested in joining.

Indian Line Farm is just one of the hundreds of … Read the rest

DIJON VINAIGRETTE

From Castle Street Cafe, Great Barrington

3 cups soybean oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine egg yolk, mustard, shallot and 1/3 cup of the vinegar in a mixing bowl. Whisk together well.

Slowly add the oil, just a little bit at a time, whisking well before each addition of oil. If you add the oil too quickly, the dressing will break.

Alternate adding the oil with the remaining vinegar, whisking well with each addition.

Season with salt and pepper. Store refrigerated.

in season

  JULY AUG SEPT.
APPLES     *
BLUEBERRIES * *  
RASPBERRIES * *  
CANTALOUPE   *  
PEACHES * * *
PEARS   *  
STRAWBERRIES   * *
WATERMELON   * *
BEANS * *  
BEETS * * *
BOK CHOY * * *
BROCCOLI * * *
CABBAGE * * *
CARROTS * * *
CAULIFLOWER * * *
CUCUMBERS * * *
EGGPLANT * * *
GARLIC * * *
LEEKS   * *
GREENS * * *
ONIONS * * *
PEAS * * *
PEPPERS * * *
POTATOES * * *
PUMPKINS     *
RADISHES * * *
SPINACH * * *
SQUASH, SUMMER * * *
SQUASH, WINTER     *
TOMATOES   * *
TURNIPS   * *

PICK-YOUR-OWN FARMS AND FARM STANDS

PICK-YOUR-OWN FARMS

Bartlett’s Orchard
Richmond
apples
413-698-2559

Blueberry Hill Farm
Mount Washington
blueberries
AustinFarm.com

Blueberry Hill
Washington
Blueberries
413-623-5859

Bug Hill Farm
Ashfield
fruit
BughillFarm.org

Hilltop Orchard
Richmond
apples, plums, pears
HilltopOrchards.com

Howden Farm
Sheffield
raspberries, pumpkins
413-229-8481

Ioka Valley Farm
Hancock
berries, pumpkins, apples
413-738-5915

Jaeschke’s Orchard
Apples
413-443-7180

Lakeview Orchard
cherries, berries, plums, apples
LakeviewOrchard.com

Moon in the Pond Farm
Sheffield
heirloom vegetables, berries
MoonInThePondFarm.com

Noble’s Farm
Lenox
Strawberries
413-442-3722

Riiska Brook Orchard
Sandisfield
Apples
413-258-4761

Taft Farms
Great Barrington
berries, pumpkins
413-528-1515
TaftFarms.com

The Berry Patch
Stephentown, NY
strawberries
TheBerryPatch.net

Thompson-Finch Farm
Ancram, NY
berries, apples
518-329-7578
ThompsonFinch.com

Windy Hill Farm
Stockbridge
blueberries, apple
WindyHillFarmInc.com

Whitney’s Farm Market
Cheshire
berries, pumpkins
WhitneysFarm.com

FARM STANDS

Bartlett’s Orchard
Richmond
tomatoes, apples, baked goods
413-698-2559

Brattle Farm
Pittsfield
eggs, seasonal veggies, tomatoes, Merino yarn
413-499-1476

Berkshire Organics
Dalton
vegetables, baked goods, dairy
BerkshirerOganics.com

Bittersweet Farm
Pittsfield
vegetables self-serve
413-499-0200

Boardman

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BERKSHIRES REGIONAL FARMERS MARKETS

GREAT BARRINGTON

Farmers Market at CHP
Community Health Program
442 Stockbridge Rd.
Th 4–7pm, June 7–Aug. 30
wic@chpberkshires.org

Great Barrington Farmers Market
At historic train station behind Town Hall
Sa 9am–1pm, May 12–Oct. 27
farmersmarketgbsatam@gmail.com

Berkshire Community Market
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
15 Crissy Rd.
Sa 11am–3pm, June 16–Oct. 27
BerkshireCommunityMarket.com

LANESBOROUGH

Berkshire Area Farmers Market
Berkshire Mall parking lot
W & Sa 8am–2 pm, May 9–Thanksgiving
enitamarie@comcast.net

LENOX

Lenox Farmers Market
At Shakespeare and Company
70 Kemble St.
F 1–5pm, May 11–Oct. 12
rosemarylevine@yahoo.com

NORTH ADAMS

North Adams Farmers Market
Municipal parking lot on St. Anthony Dr.
between Marshall and Holden sts.
Sa 8am–noon, July 7–Oct. 27
vbosley@northadams-ma.gov

OTIS

Otis Farmers Market
Parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel
2000 East Otis Rd., East Otis
Sa 9am–1pm, May 12–Oct. 6
OtisFarmersMarket.Blogspot.com

PITTSFIELD

Pittsfield Farmers Markets
Senior Center, North St.
Tu 3–6pm, June 12–Oct. 9
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notable edibles

On April 5, on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick awarded citations to the five Edible Communities publications in the state for their contributions to sustainable agriculture and the farm to table movement. We feel honored to have been included, along with Edible Boston, Edible Cape Cod, Edible South Shore, and Edible Vineyard. We hope we will be able to live up to this honor.

 

Congratulations Great Barrington!

To everyone who lives and/or works in the town of Great Barrington, we are proud to be voted the best small town in America by Smithsonian Magazine in its May issue. We’re not surprised…www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-in-America.html

 

Congratulations to founder Darra Goldstein of Williams College, whose quarterly food journal Gastronomica shared the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for best food publication of the year. (Note: This award was given to the Edible Communities Publications in 2011.)… Read the rest

letter from the publisher

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Edible Berkshires, the newest member of the Edible Communities group of locally owned and edited publications that celebrate fresh, seasonal, local food. Widely recognized for their role in transforming the way people shop for, cook, eat and relate to food, Edible magazines have taken root in about 70 communities across the United Sates and Canada—and the seeds for our own local edition have quickly sprouted.

[pullquote]A new crop of young farmers is rediscovering the beauty (and value) of working the land. White-tablecloth restaurants are challenging their patrons with innovative new dishes that draw upon world cuisine while staying true to our regional sources. And innovative entrepreneurs are canning, baking and ice cream making their way into the hearts of locals and tourists alike. [/pullquote]

The support from farmers, restaurants and local food artisans has been tremendous. Like most great ideas, Edible … Read the rest

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