Over 40 vendors! Local Apples, Cheeses, Meats, Veggies, Breads,  Honey, Yarn & More!     Music, Food & Fun for Kids

The Farm at Miller's Crossing
15th annual On Farm Sale Day

This is the annual storage crop sale.  
Buy bulk vegetables and store them all winter long!!
Certified Organic Vegetables & Beef  
Saturday November 5th 9 a.m. - 2p.m.
Sale will be at our new retail location
170 Route 217 Hudson, NY

Potatoes-Beets-Carrots-Onions-Celeriac-Sweet Potatoes-Cabbages-Winter Squash-Garlic & more
Free Storage in the coolers

Bring your family and enjoy the 200 acre farm
Click  for directions and information 
Call Katie or Chris (518) 851 - 2331 

Local Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Square Roots Farm 
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, time to get your local, pasture-raised turkey!

These locally-raised birds are likely to be the tastiest you've ever had and farms sell out every year, so don't wait to reserve your bird! 

Info here about Mill River Farm and  

Sunday, November 13th -  12 pm-1:40pm
 Made in the Berkshires  at The Colonial Theatre

Film Blocks   12 - 6 pm   Tickets: $15 per block  or $35 for all three blocks
There will be a Q & A with film makers after some of the films

The Grazers (69 min.) a film
at Made in the Berkshires

by Sarah Teale and Lisa F. Jackson
With interest in farm-to-table food on the rise, a small band of upstate New York farmers sees an opportunity to hold on to their endangered farms by raising and selling grass-fed beef. Forming a cooperative, they soon discover that the marketplace surprisingly can't support their simple ambitions. Jackson and Teale follow their efforts for two years, through near collapse to an uncertain future, exposing in microcosm the struggles of small-scale farming in our modern, industrial world. An intimate, character-driven chronicle of the group's struggle  Grazers: A Cooperative Story illuminates timely issues regarding our food system. At stake are their farms, the small communities around them, the health of the land and a way of life.

You're invited to to learn more about growing the local food economy

Monday, November 14th from 5 - 6:15PM
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road in Great Barrington, MA

Guest speaker Daniel Esko, General Manager of the Berkshire Coop, will describe a current loan opportunity to support the Coop's new building project. 
Interested investors (large and small) and borrowers are all welcome! 

The Berkshire-Columbia Investment Network offers an alternative to mainstream investments by creating local investment opportunities that facilitate relationships between investors and borrowers.

For information and to RSVP please email the BCIN team: Christopher Schaefer, Robin Zeamer and Monte Wasch at: bcin@outlook.com

What we are reading

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops
New York Times

" LONDON - The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.
But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem - genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides."

What the New York Times missed with its big GMO story

By Nathanael Johnson
on Nov 1, 2016 in grist 

Read a response to the NY TIMES in grist, here's an excerpt:

"....One last point: The New York Times story treats GMOs as a single entity to be accepted or rejected. The main thrust of that National Academy report was to suggest that we should stop treating GMOs as a monolith and assess each crop on its merits. It's not clear that non-GMOs are better: Europe's rejection of genetic engineering has led to a surge in crops bred via mutagenesis - which has a higher likelihood of generating genetic unknowns - as well as non-GMO crops bred to work with herbicides. Even if we decide that genetic engineering isn't worth the risks, we'll face risks in other forms of breeding.

"And GMOs really aren't all associated with industrial farming. The disease-resistant papaya is a wonderful innovation. The insect-resistant eggplant seems to be reducing pesticide use in Bangladesh. This banana, this cassava, and this rice could all truly improve the lives of small farmers if those new crops make it over the technical and political hurdles."  Read more

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