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Actors have been known to drop by and break into spontaneous performances here. Songwriters and storytellers perform for families who stroll and taste and talk with the people who grow the food and make it, and sometimes both.

Local farmers bring newly laid eggs, blue cheese and aged cheddar. An artisanal charcuterie offers hand-crafted sausages. Hosta Hill sources local ingredients for crimson sauerkraut, and the Happy Belly
brightenes chocolate almond tarts with edible flowers and infuses gluten free breads with herbs from their own garden.

The Great Barrington Farmers Market runs outdoors, just off Main Street on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May to October, with fruits and greens, herbs and oils, locally roasted coffee and brewed cider, and live acoustic music on warm days.

Local farmers also bring cut flowers for bouquets and young plants early in summer for gardens and windowsills, and the fruits and vegetables and prepared foods change with the seasons.