Catching the golden hours of summer – #Berkshireweekend

Sweet corn and peaches … the flavors mean late summer. The later fruits are ripening, storing energy from months of sun. After a long day I slipped out one evening to check out the farm stand at Chenail’s on the way up toward Mount Greylock.

It was dusk and near closing time, and quiet twilight in the fields, and I looked through the last of the ears they’d picked that day. And then I slid into Wild Oats for fruit from Apex Orchards.

We have a good month more of warm weather, but round about now we feel the year begin to turn, when the plum tomatoes ripen at Caretaker Farm, and the Joe-Pye Weed is open in the wettest corner of the yard, and golden rod is starting to show in the meadows. And I want to get out into it while it’s here.

This weekend, my mother and I canned the tomato purée and picked peaches at the orchard up the road from her house … and made crisp with oats and cinnamon, and two batches of jam.

This weekend …

Corn stands and farm markets are open, from the Chenail Farm in Williamstown to Whitney’s in Cheshire and more. Peaches are ripening, and meadows at the Thomas Palmer Brook Preserve and marsh at Jackson Pond show late summer color.

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

Mia (Virginie Efira) smiles at a companion on a city street at night in Revoir Paris. Press film still courtesy of Music Box Films
Jun 2 2023 @ 9:30 am
BIFF returns with four days of independent feature, documentary, short and family films, with discussions and events focusing on filmmakers and artists from both sides of the camera.
Asparagus and rhubarb glimmer early in the season at the Lenox Farmers Market.
Jun 2 2023 @ 11:00 am
The Lenox Farmers Market returns on Friday afternoons with live music by Berkshire Busk and organic produce, sweets, breads and more.
A head of garlic rests on a wooden table. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
Jun 2 2023 @ 3:00 pm
The Sheffield Farmers Market returns outdoors with some 20 vendors — from pickles, seasonings and garlic, to Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine, baked fresh wheat-free breads, local meats, honey and maple syrup and more.

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