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.

Abbie Chambers joins an exhibition of The Art in Gathering, as Paradise City asks artists to explore ideas of community. Press photo courtesy of Paradise City Arts Festival
May 27 2024 @ 10:00 am
More than 220 selectively curated artists and makers come to Northampton for the annual three-day celebration of art, live music and local food.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 27 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
A Baltimore Oriole looks out from a slender branch. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
May 28 2024 @ 8:00 am
Mass Audubon will explore Edith Wharton's historic home, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows, to find birds by sight and sound.

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