Be sure to check out this delicious and beautiful spot on Railroad Street in Great Barrington! Welcome to the neighborhood, Botanica, and thanks for becoming a sustaining member of Berkshire Grown before the door even opened. Wow!

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Buy local and support area farmers!

Justamere tree
Frederick Christmas Tree Farm, 
Hinsdale
Cut-your-own trees
Open 9:00am-4:00pm daily
360 Washington Road (Route 8)
Hinsdale, MA
413-655-8551

Justamere Tree Farm, Worthington
Cut-your-own or pre-cut Fraser and Balsam Firs.
Open Saturdays and Sundays in December, 9:00am-4:00pm
Explore acres of trees and woods while searching for the perfect tree.
Maple syrup, holiday swags and wreaths also for sale.
248 Patterson Rd.
Worthington, MA
413-238-5902

Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock
Cut-your-own or pre-cut trees in four varieties.
Open Saturdays and Sundays until December 17th, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
"Santa's Cap" hayrides are available to the Christmas Tree Plantation and join Santa at the "Calf-A" for breakfast on December 2nd and 3rd.
Maple syrup, wreaths, decorations, gifts and "Stand Strait" tree stands all available.
3475 Route 43
Hancock, MA
413-738-5915

Seekonk Tree Farm,
Great Barrington
Cut-your-own trees in six varieties or pre-cut Fraser Fir.
Monday-Friday 12:30-5:00pm and Saturdays & Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
Saws provided for cut-your-own. Stand straight tree stand system, wreaths, roping and more are also available.
32 Seekonk Cross Rd.
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-0050

Locally-cut and imported trees, wreaths, and other holiday goods are also available from more Berkshire Grown members, including:

Fort Hill Farm, Pittsfield - Pre-cut trees available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Holiday Brook Farm, Dalton - Cut-your-own trees Tuesday-Saturday  9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Jaeschke's Orchard, Pittsfield -  Pre-cut trees available  9:00am-5:30pm
Taft Farms, Great Barrington -  Pre-cut trees, wreaths, center pieces, garland, and kissing balls available 8 :00am-6:00pm
Ward's Nursery & Garden Center, Great Barrington -  Pre-cut trees available 8 :00am-5:30pm
Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington - Pre-cut trees available 9:00am-5:00pm

Find Farms on Berkshire Grown's website:  www.berkshiregrown.org/find-food-and-farms/

Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez for The Washington Post

This is a fascinating read about the state of farming and the changing face of our food producers. Find out what are the challenges young farmers face and how they are finding creative ways to address a age-old problems.
 
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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 Great Barrington and Williamstown markets, the following markets are also happening:

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

Millerton, NY - Nov & Dec, Saturday, 10am-2pm, 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

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 and state laws face an interruption from the USDA as lawmakers try to figure out how to clarify legislation. 

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Berkshire Grown is Seeking Volunteers:

Do you have an hour (or two) to ask people at the farmers market how they heard about the market?

Great Barrington - Saturday,  10 am-2 pm, December 16 
 
Williamstown -  Sunday, 10am-2pm, December 17

It's a fun way to grow the farmers markets, thanks!  Interested in helping? Email  buylocal@berkshiregrown.org .  

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

A Big Thank You and Farewell to Berkshire Grown's Kate Bailey
After 3 1/2 years at Berkshire Grown,  Kate has taken a job with the MA Department of Agriculture. She will be working with the Commonwealth Quality Program to assist farmers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule.

Berkshire Grown is a stronger, more effective organization thanks to Kate's contributions. We are sad she's leaving and look forward to connecting with her in her new role at MDAR.

In response to Kate's leaving, Berkshire Grown is hiring a full-time Program Manager to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services for farmers, food buyers and other food and farm business members, and the public.

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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