As the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold this spring, people across the Berkshires are finding ways to help — from a distiller making hand sanitizer to restaurants to farmers markets.Read article
Stand and deliver … We’re staying home these days and planning ahead, and we’re thinking about where to find food, sometimes for the next few days or the next few weeks. In the Berkshires farms, farm markets and local makers are finding new ways to make it easy, and sometimes to bring food to our doors — without touching. Many of them explain on their website the precautions they are taking.
Across the Berkshires
Berkshire Organics delivers weekly to local homes and businesses: local cheeses and dairy, breads and baked goods, eggs, fruits and vegetables, meats … and pizzas. You can set up an account through their website and choose your groceries. Anything in your online cart each week will become your order at noon on Wednesday. You can place a one-time order or set one up as often or as rarely as you like. They deliver weekly on Thursdays and Fridays depending on where you live.
Marty’s Local works with more than 70 local farms, bringing their produce to restaurants across the county, and now they are adding homes to their Berkshire delivery routes. They deal in wholesale and bulk — sign up through their website to see their catalog.
Roots Rising, the nonprofit that runs the Pittsfield Farmers Market, is launching a countywide virtual farmers market with delivery. Delivery is free for SNAP recipients, anyone who haslost their jobs or are suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic, seniors and others who are at high risk, and for others it’s $5 to help keep the market running. They also offer pickup from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at 730 Tyler Street in Pittsfield.
In the Northern Berkshires
Cricket Creek farm opens their farm store for pickup 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with their own farm-made cheeses — some aged and cheddarlike, some soft, some firm, and their own feta too. They also sell raw milk and their farm meats, and they carry products from other local farms —maple syrup, pop corn, hot sauce, beeswax candles, sea salt, locally roasted coffee, cold cider and more. You can see the full list at cricketcreekfarm.com. The farm is at 1255 Oblong Road, at the top of Sloan Road (the fifth corner at the five corners where Route 7 meets Route 43), and you can visit the cows, calves and pigs while you’re there. If you come at milking time, about 5 p.m., you can watch the cows walk into the milking parlor. 413-458-5888
M and A Farms is a certified, naturally grown farm in Stephentown, N.Y. They grow a variety of vegetables, raise pastured pork, chicken, and eggs. They’re now offering weekly delivery in the Troy area and beyond, with meat and eggs and fresh greens. Call them at 518-416-3592farm store (15589 State Highway 22) and
they’ll give their latest news on their website and at M and A Farms on Facebook
Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough offers free range, GMO-free, pasture raised and grass fed meats through their website: cuts of chicken, pork and beef, and fresh eggs also. They offer delivery on orders of $20 or more for $5, and free for orders of $50 or more. On different days in April, they will deliver to Cheshire, Adams, North Adams, Clarksburg, Williamstown, New Ashford, Lanesborough, Pittsfield, Dalton, Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington. They are also partnering with other local food producers this week: Hosta Hill, Cricket Creek Farm, Mill River Farm, Fahey Family Honey, Berkshire Worms,and Things that Work. Orders for these partner products are due by 3 p.m. Friday April 3 for delivery or on-farm pickup on Saturday.
Bartlett’s Orchards farm market is open with milk and eggs now offering basic produce, essentials and some meats alongside all of their offerings. They carry their own apples, cider and vegetables, and they also have a bakery with cider donuts, muffins, pies, turnovers, and more, and jams, maple syrup and honey. 575 Swamp Road in Richmond. 413-698-2559
Holiday Brook Farm has their farm market open for maple syrup, eggs and meats — cuts of grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, including sausage. You can pick up at the farm, or they’ll offer free delivery within 10 miles. They also have vegetables in the growing season. 100 Holiday Cottage Road in Dalton, 413-441-4597. Updates at Holiday Brook Farm on Facebook.
Whitney’s Farm Market and Garden Center is open for the season, and they’re offering curbside pickup for the whole place. You can call (413 442-4749) or email ahead, and they’re updating their website for online ordering. They are also making family meals daily, from turkey to pasta to stew, and sandwiches to go: brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chickens smoked at the farm each week. The market carries farm vegetables, fruits and berries, gourmet snacks, wines and condiments and more. 1775 South State Road (Route 8) in Cheshire. Updating at Whitney’s on Facebook
Dream Away Lodge is offering local farm fare for pick-up on Saturdays with the restaurant’s family-style meals — High Lawn Farm dairy products, Berkshire Mountain Bakery bread, Featherridge Farm eggs, and fresh vegtables and more, beer and wine, and hand Sanitizer, TP and paper towels — at 1342 County Road, Becket, 413-623-8725.
High Lawn Farm — High Lawn is a family-owned Jersey dairy farm coming up on their 100th anniversary. Everything they make you can order online now for pickup — milk and cream and ice cream, in addition to our butter, farmstead cheese and ghee. They also have an online shop for farmstead cheese, butter and ghee.
535 Summer St. in Lee, 413-243-0672, High Lawn Farm
Moon in the Pond Farm is taking orders for vegetables, meats, and specialty items — they have well-known cuts of meat and rare ones, roasts and ribs and hams, pork butt (for sausate), leaf lard and mor, and beets and carrots, greens and potatoes … also dried beans, dried mushrooms, herbs, honeys, pickles and hot sauce. Place an order on their website at mooninthepond.org/order and pick it up there at the farm, 816 Barnum St. in Sheffield. (413-229-3092)
North Plain Farm is running their farm store with pastured pork, pastured chicken, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef and milk. Cash or check or Venmo. They are also offering an Eggs for Neighbors matching campaign with @berkgrown to get eggs to the people’s pantry in Great Barrington: Get a discounted $5.50 dozen eggs for the people’s pantry and @berkgrown will chip in a dozen as well. 342 North Plain Road, Great Barrington. 413-429-6598 northplainfarm.com
Starving Artist Creperie and Café, run by the owners of Berkshires Green Grocer, is now offering a weekly grocery basket with local with local coffee, eggs, dairy, vegetables and more: order by Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for delivery on Fridays to Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and Pittsfield, from 40 Main St. in Lee. 413-394-5046
Taft Farms‘ market is open, and they are getting in large orders of meat and fish right now at discounted prices (as they’re available from suppliers who need to clear out their freezers). They also make and carry soups, prepared foods, quiche, maple syrup, yogurt and more, and fruit and vegetables from their own fields in season, and they have their own farm deli, greenhouse and baked goods. Now offering fresh bagels baked daily Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 119 Park St. North, Great Barrington. 413-528-1515, taftfarmsgb.com