Edible Berkshires

DISCOVERIES WINTER 2013-14

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1 Just in time for winter, locally raised Chef Simeon Bittman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and partner Natanya Green have launched Folklore Catering. They will cater your next gathering with made-from-scratch dishes feature seasonal, sustainable, organic, local ingredients. folklorefoods@gmail.com; 413- 242-2136

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2 Winter means hunkering down at the movies, and if Great Barrington is your destination then you’re in luck! Chocolatier Doria Polinger lovingly makes her chocolate confections at H. R. Zeppelin next to the Triplex Cinema. So bag the Jujubes and buy something special to enjoy with that blockbuster flick. 413-528-8828; info@hr-zeppelin.com

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3 Spruce Ridge Farm of Old Chatham, New York, has opened a holiday shop at 255 Warren St. in Hudson, New York. Alpaca merchandise includes hats, gloves, sweaters, coats and fun toys. Open W–Sun 11am–6pm; 518-330-6294

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4 Give a gift of a cheese class at Cricket Creek Farm, available in January and February. For dates and particulars visit CricketCreekFarm.com

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5 Edward Ard, owner of locally produced David’s Biscotti, has created gluten-free biscotti in three flavors, including double chocolate. Available online from DavidsBiscotti.net or visit their commercial bakery at 11 Lombard St., Pittsfield (call first); 413-236-5708

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6 Chocolate Springs, purveyor of handcrafted fine European-style chocolate made at their café, Route 7 at the Lenox Commons, offers perfect winter treats: Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookies or Chocolate Potato Chip Clusters, both available in decadent dark or milk chocolate. 413-637-9820; ChocolateSprings.com

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7 Maremma sheepdogs (see Edible Berkshires, Fall 2013) are being bred by Beatrice Berle on her farm in Hoosick, New York, 15 minutes west of Bennington, Vermont. They are being bred for country homestead protection. Beatrice@berlefarm.com

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8 Mosser GlassCake Stands and Mixing Bowls, USA made, family-run for over 30 years, multiple sizes and colors available. One Mercantile, 8 Castle St., Great Barrington; 413-528-1718

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