The Guild of Berkshire Artists meet each day outdoors to paint, draw and photograph at different places — any artists of any level can join them, and anyone can watch the artists at work.
Williamstown Farmers Market
September 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until October 9, 2021
The Williamstown Farmers Market is returning live on Spring Street, with fresh-picked early produce, bedding plants, veggie/herb starters, eggs, cheeses, syrup, meats, jams, wood-fired breads, artisan crafts and more, including a new hot dog cart. As slong as safety measures are in place, masks and physical distancing are required, and booths will have hand sanitizer.
The farmers market forms a community gathering place with local growers, artisans, bakers and chefs, to support local farms and makers and growers. Visitors can find locally grown fruits and vegetables, a fresh baked scone, a grilled-to-order sandwich or burger with locally sourced ingredients, or a gourmet moussaka dinner. They can feel the textures of soft yarns, hand-knit hats and scarves, pottery and smooth wooden bowls, taste samples of maple roasted nuts and hear listen to fiddlers and acoustic guitarists.
Regular vendors may include:
• Alison Kolesar — a freelance illustrator, brings original paintings, prints, cards, painted rocks, tea towels and tote bags to the market.
• Berkshire Mountain Pottery — Anne Hogeland shapes her own stoneware mugs, bowls and plates, and latte and espresso cups and platters too.
• Bigfoot Farm — Brian Cole, the fellow with the taco truck a few years ago, farms land at Sweet Brook Farm with fellow farmer Lucy Rollins, growing heirloom and uncommon varieties of veggies: ginger, artichokes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, novel salad mixes, fun green beans, melons, lemongrass, herbs, all sustainably grown.
• Blair Farm — Norma and Don Quimby farm land that has been in their family for generations, offering fresh eggs, maple syrup, berries and produce like corn and cucumbers.
• Busy Bee Honey — Beekeeper Paul Dugal tends his hives in nearby Florida, Mass., and the surrounding area to bring artisan honey in many sizes and kinds.
• Chris’s Kitchen — Christine Bradich brings her jams, jellies, and preserves and her baked goods, from muffins to whoopie pies to Scandinavian almond cookies. Before becoming an independent baker, Chris worked at many restaurants in the Williamstown area.
• Crow Hill Farm — Merry Anderson, a local elementary school teacher, fosters learning at Crow Hill Farm in the summers, where kids enjoy creative activities. Here she brings craft kits, dolls, and cards inspired by her wonderful experiences with them. The bright colors, shapes and textures are designed to encourage hands-on learning and discovery.
• Dancing Bare Soap — Maud Geng uses organic, vegan, and fair trade materials, making soaps with the cold process method and cured for six to ten weeks, like artisan cheese and vintage wine.
• Earth Sky Time offers wood fired breads along with famous pesto, humus and Vermont Goldburgers, and baguettes to pair with an R & G Cheese for a Saturday picnic.
• East Mountain Farm — Kim Wells raises livestock, cows, chickens, and pigs, and offers meats including steaks and chops, whole chickens, ground beef and pork, etc. You can get a taste here, since Robin’s grilled-to-order sandwiches involve his deli ham, bacon and breakfast sausages.
• Fringe Farm — New in 2021, Chris Tsimbidis has revived an out-of-use farm property in Eagle Bridge N.Y. with the philosophy that everyone should have access to locally produced, sustainable, and delicious food. Chris runs the farm with a closed-loop philosophy, with rotationally pastured chickens to replenish nutrients in the soil. He also sells his vegetables through a CSA.
• Heritage Artisans — Beatrice Gawron and Isabel Krebs are skilled in weaving, spinning, knitting and fine basketry. They use local and natural materials, including their own wool and alpaca fibers, and they often give demonstrations.
• Memphremagog Studios, Emily B. Errion makesjewelry, finely etched stemware in her studio overlooking the Green Mountains of Vermont.
• Peace Valley Farm — Since 1977, Bill and Susie Stinson have farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides and using compost to replenish soil. Despite their small acreage, they provide vegetables like squash, kale, chard, and tomatoes for the local community, including Williams College and businesses around Williamstown.
• Peterman’s Bowls and Boards — Spencer Peterman turns wooden bowls and has designed his own lathe to produce a more natural and rugged feel. He uses wood from locally fallen trees in western Massachusetts, turning discarded logs into useful and beautiful curves.
• R and G Cheese Makers — Sean O’Connor makes his cheeses in Troy, N.Y., named for his boys Ryan and Gavin. Sean is a native of Troy and is proud to be a business owner there as well. He offers a full line of hand crafted artisan cheese, including chevres — garlic/herb, honey, and maple/chipotle, among others — ripened goat camemberts including blackbert and trufflebert, and mozzarellas and hard cheeses made from both cow and goat’s milk, as well as yogurt. He sources milk from local farmers, and you can taste his cheeses in Robin’s gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
• Shaker Hill Orchard — Tom Pizzuto grows apples in his nearby Hancock orchard, and in summer he brings blueberries and stone fruits including peaches and plums.
• Sweet Brook Farm — Sarah and Darryl Lipinsky are the fifth generation of maple sugar farmers on the farm in Williamstown. They bring their maple syrups and maple cream to the market and sustainable, pasture-raised beef from their small herd of grass-fed Angus cows. You can sample the maple cream or get a burger made to order at the market.
• Talus Wood Farm — Dylan and WindRose Keating in Lanesborough grow all of their vegetables using sustainable farming practices — berries, fresh-picked produce (baby zucchini squash), potatoes, flowers, herbs and more.
• Yarnwork — Nora Phykitt uses natural fibers to knit and crochet her hats, scarves, gloves and bags. Her designs are classic and contemporary and often have whimsical elements to them, like vintage buttons.
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