Edible Berkshires

CHICKEN CACCIATORE

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1–2 medium onions, sliced
12 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
(My grandmother peeled them and snapped the stems off and sliced those separately.)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chicken, cut into parts
½ cup flour with 1 teaspoon salt and
¼ teaspoon pepper mixed in
½ cup leftover red wine
2 pounds tomatoes, diced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
½ cup minced parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour and set aside. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent; add the mushrooms and sauté until golden. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic (about a minute). Remove from pan and place in a bowl big enough for the chicken too.

Add the next 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Make sure it … Read the rest

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   * *
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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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market watch: PROVIDERS

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

market watch : EDIBLE DISCOVERIES

The Berkshires—once a respite for the country’s elite during the Gilded Age—has evolved into a welcoming array of food artisans, bespoke shops and innovative restaurants. For our inaugural issue, we have revisited local classics, discovered can’t-miss events of the season and unearthed the newest generation of entrepreneurs who embody the culinary ingenuity and spirit of the region.

TASTE

Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn gets cheeky this summer with a twist on a summer classic. Chef Brian Alberg’s Jowl, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich riff s on the traditional BLT with smoked pork jowl from Bacon on the Side, heirloom tomatoes from Farm Girl Farm and summer greens from Equinox Farm. Add homemade chips and you’ll be roaring for more. RedLionInn.com

Head to Lenox to indulge in a Macaron Gelato Sandwich, the latest creation of Joshua Needleman’s Chocolate Springs Café. This new twist on a French classic comes in pistachio, double chocolate … Read the rest

THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Sommeliers match palates in ice cream taste-off

To look. To smell. To taste. These are finely honed tools required for tasting and judging fine wine. So when local sommeliers Caitlin Harrison of Mezze, Luc Chevalier of Blantyre and Dan Thomas of the Red Lion Inn convened for a blind tasting of five different brands of ice cream, they immediately applied their oenophile training. Edible Berkshires asked them to trade corkscrew for spoon to taste and rate the vanilla ice cream from five area brands, and then those same brands’ best sellers, regardless of flavor.

Five cups of ice cream were placed in front of each of them, devoid of labels and therefore devoid of preconceived notions. These judges would have only their keenly trained senses to trust to discern and rate the ice creams on flavor, creaminess and aftertaste.

It began, as wine tastings customarily do, with the whites—in … Read the rest

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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