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.

Kimberley, a Native woman, looks out from Nayana LaFond's painting with somber eyes. LaFond will show her artwork at the Lichtenstein Center as part of The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project. Press image courtesy of First Fridays Artswalk
Sep 26 2022 @ 10:00 am
Internationally known artist Nayana Lafond will show her portraits of women in 'The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project.'
Visitors relax in Edith Wharton's Garden. Photo by Kevin Sprague, Courtesy of The Mount
Sep 27 2022 @ 8:00 am
Mass Audubon naturalists Zach Adams and Dale Abrams will lead a free bird walk to explore Edith Wharton's Berkshire historic home.
Families picnic on the lawn on a summer evening at the Mount, Edith Wharton's historic house in Lenox.
Sep 27 2022 @ 9:30 am
“Parlez-vous français?” Enjoy French conversation on the Terrace Tuesday mornings in honor of Edith Wharton's love affair with France.

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