Strawberries are ripe — Pick-Your-Own has begun at Mountain View Farm in Lanesborough and at the Berry Patch in Stephentown, N.Y. At Caretaker Farm, when I come to pick up my share, young vegetables are joining the lettuces (Boston, romaine, red-leaf). We would cook our first garlic scapes in olive oil this week and slice tender summer squash and sweet baby turnips.
As I picked a few leaves of chocolate mint to steep with the iced tea, I remembered warm evenings when my mom would send me into the herb garden to bring thyme or oregano in for dinner. I like feeling the earth and the stems and listening to a small boy asking to see the pigs in the pen.
Farmers Markets are open now, up and down the mountains, and the growing season is well begun.
Berkshire Area Farmers Market — Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., through October, Satyrdays only in November. Berkshire Mall parking lot, Lanesborough. 413-569-3663 or 413-374-5646
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music, crafts and activities. Outdoors through Oct. 15 on the Common Park on First Street, Route 7. farmersmarketpittsfield.org
Great Barrington CHP Market — Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m., through Sept. 8. Community Health Program, 442 Stockbridge Road, 413-528-0457
Great Barrington Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 29. 18 Church St., 413-854-3599. gbfarmersmarket.org
Hancock Farmers Market — Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 12. 3210 Hancock Road, Route 43, Hancock, 413-458-3933
Lee Farmers Market — Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Sept. 10. Harvest market Oct. 10. First Congregational Church of Lee, 25 Park Place, Lee. 413-854-1561, leefarmersmarket.com
Lenox Farmers Market — Fridays 1 to 5 p.m. through Sept. 30. Lilac Park and Main Street.
North Adams Farmers Market — Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 22, in St. Anthony lot with more than 20 local farmers, food producers, craft vendors, and musicians. St. Anthony Drive and Route 8 / Marshall Street, North Adams.
Otis Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 8. Parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel, 2000 East Otis Road, East Otis. 413-357-9919
Sheffield Farmers Market — Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 7. First Congregational Church lot, 125 Main St., (Route 7), 860-706-4424, sheffieldfarmersmarket.org
West Stockbridge Farmers Market — Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 6. The Green on Harris Street in the village center. 917-209-0926, weststockbridgefarmersmarket.org
Williamstown Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 8. at the base of Spring Street, 413-441-4811, williamstownfarmersmarket.org
Bennington Farmers Market — Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round, outdoors through Oct. Fresh greens and vegetables, baked goods, dairy products, meats, crafts and more, demonstrations with local chefs, live music at river walk park along the Walloomsac River on Depot Street. Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org
Dorset Farmers Market — Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round. Vegetables and fruits, home baked breads and pastries, artisan cheeses and wines, grass-fed meat and poultry, free-range eggs, canned condiments and pickled produce, specialty goods, hot foods, Vermont crafts, and live, local music. at J.K. Adams, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-353-9656, dorsetfarmersmarket.com
Manchester Farmers Market — Thursdays 3 to 6 p.m., through Oct 6.Community tent with local non-profits or a cooking demonstrations using local foods, music tent with local musicians, Art Farm kids activity tent with free, food-inspired crafts. Power of Produce Club for kids age 5-12 in July: kids get $2 coupon for any fruit or veggie. Adams Park, Route 7A / Main Street, Manchester, Vt. 505-470-4237, ManchesterFarmers.org
Amenia, N.Y. — Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round, outdoors through Oct. Amenia Town Hall parking lot, Route 22 845-373-4411, ameniafarmersmarket.com
Hillsdale, N.Y. — Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 29. Roeliff Jansen Park, 9140 Route 22. 518-851-7518
Millerton, N.Y. — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 29. Millerton Methodist Church, 6 Dutchess Ave. 518-789-4259, millertonfarmersmarket.org
New Lebanon, N.Y. — Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 16. Windswept Farm, 36 Old Route 20
Cornwall, Conn. — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Oct. 29. 413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, Cornwall, Conn. 860-672-2969
— Information from Bennington Farmers Market, Berkshire Grown, Manchester Farmers Market, Lee Chamber of Commerce, North Adams Tourism