In the Berkshires, we can be laid back and experienced at the same time. We have third-generation family farms, and we have Brooklyn chefs looking for a closer tie to the land. And they work together.READ MORE
Where do we find local food in the Berkshires? We have a rich blend here of locally made and locally grown, and creative makers from around the country and the world. You can pick blueberries for a picnic and lean back in the grass on the Tanglewood lawn to listen to Audra McDonald singing Broadway and jazz in her high and dazzling soprano.
In winter, you can settle in by a wood fire with a cup of melted sipping chocolate from a Corsican recipe. In summer, you can sit outdoors with a lager made with mint from the brewer’s garden.
Where do the locals meet for dinner?
Are you looking for a diner, or a cafe where the eggs come from the farm across the way?
In the Berkshires, we can be laid back and experienced at the same time. We have third-generation family farms, and we have Brooklyn chefs looking for a closer tie to the land. Sometimes they work together. Sometimes the chefs are farmers, and the farmers are chefs.
Some are born here, and some have come from around the world, from Malaysia to Australia. They blend a sense of flavor and a sense of humor. Looking purple potato chips? Grass-fed burger with blue cheese? Dumplings and shumai? Strawberries warm from the sun? We can find them.
Where can we find food from Berkshire farms?
From May to October, we have weekly farmers markets north to south — in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, North Adams and Williamstown and more. They continue through the winter indoors. We have food co-ops and farm markets. And some farms welcome visitors to stop at their farm stands and meet this season’s calves, and maybe pick up an armful of sweet corn. Let me share some with you.
Where can we find co-ops and local markets and farm stores in the Berkshires? A lot of us are looking for local sources of food, and here they are growing and adapting to a world with Covid-19.READ MORE
Some of Berkshire farmers come to local markets, and some of them welcome you to stop by the farm for a fresh dozen eggs. Some of them have ways to watch, to look quietly at the animals, and occasionally to help.READ MORE