Announcing: Bring-A-Friend! 
The first 50 visitors to the market who bring along a first-time shopper will receive $10 to spend at the market! These market bucks help support local food and farms by increasing sales and introducing farmers to new customers.

Stop by the Berkshire Grown table on the day of the market for more information. 

Julia Dixon makes the case for shopping local whenever possible. Whether it is artisan bread, journals, or soap, the economic impact of buying local is tremendous for the entire Berkshire economy. 

Support your local farmer and artist in 2018 by eating and buying local at every opportunity.

Read the whole article here


If you have been following the organic food market, you know it has had its ups and downs. Recent developments put the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rules on its last legs. To untangle what this means for local food and farmers, read this article from Civil Eats. 
 
Read the whole article here.  

Check out Find Food and Farms  for the list of CSAs in the region. Some farms fill up early, so sign up now! 

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture 

If you join a CSA Farm now, you provide the farmer with funds to buy seeds and supplies, and in the season you receive a share of the crops.  Some CSAs continue into the winter, check it on Find Food and Farms

Has your favorite farmers market moved indoors for the colder months? In addition to Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Markets, the following markets are also happening:

Amenia, NY - November-April, Saturday, 10am-2pm

Millerton, NY - Jan-April, 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10am-2pm

Norfolk, CT - November - April, every other Saturday, 10am-1pm

North Adams, MA -  November-April, 1st Saturday of each month - This Saturday's (1/6/18) market has been canceled due to extreme cold. 

Pittsfield, MA - November-April, 2nd Saturday of each month

Check out pages 4 & 5 of this year's Guide to Local Food and Farms to find your market.

Local Farmer Awards Celebration and Application
This year's Local Farmers Awards was hosted by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Big Y. It was a delicious and beautiful event celebrating the important work our farmers do every day. 

Thank you to everyone involved in this great event and, most significantly, thank you to the local farmers who feed us. Qualifying applicants should get their applications in for the next round of awards before January 31. 

For more pictures, click  here. For more information about the application, click here.

Berkshire Grown Welcomes Jess Camp

Jess is joining Berkshire Grown as the full-time Program Manager. She is a long-time supporter of the organization and has served as a market manager for the Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market in Great Barrington. She brings with her knowledge of the farming community in our area and the challenges local farmers and food producers face. We are thrilled to have her join us and look forward to introducing her to the entire Berkshire Grown community in the months to come.

Giving Thanks to this year's Markets Sponsors
Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.

Thank You Annual Appeal Donors

We "carrot" thank our donors enough. 

Response to the 2017 Annual Appeal astounded us all. The generosity of our donors means that Berkshire farmers will be able to do what they do best - preserve our beautiful region and feed hungry people. 

Here's to a healthy and delicious 2018!

Stay in Touch
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. 
Please send information to alicia@berkshiregrown.org

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Jamie Paxton, Outreach Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Membership Outreach Coordinator, Newsletter Editor

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