Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Market in Great Barrington features the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, plus the yummiest grilled sausages and egg sandwiches ever! These beloved winter season indoor markets take place at the Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, November through April. Shop for all your holiday menu items on Saturday, December 14, 10 am to 2 pm.

In Williamstown , Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers Market has returned to the Williams College Towne Field House. On Sunday, December 15, shoppers can find their favorite farmers and vendors from 10 am to 2 pm.

The winter markets feature fun activities for kids, food for breakfast or lunch, and live music. Admission is free. SNAP/EBT is accepted and, thanks to our supporters at Mountain One and Herrington's, SNAP dollars will be doubled up to $25 at all of the Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Markets.
Bread, Meat, and Cheeses
Gifts for Everyone and Tabletop Supplies
Fruit and Greens
What We Are Reading:
Start by buying one locally-sourced food item

By: Jennifer Huberdeau for The Berkshire Eagle
Thank you to Jennifer Huberdeau and the Eagle’s editorial staff for your focus on how to add local food to your household's pantry and food budget. Not only does our health and enjoyment of a meal increase when we eat locally-grown food, local sourcing of ingredients supports our neighbors who farm the land we drive by every day – the rural landscape that is the Berkshires.

Making small shifts in your purchasing habits can have a huge impact on your health, enjoyment of your food, and for your farmer.

This article is a great summary of where to start and how to adjust your way of thinking about local food. Read the whole article here .

Margaret Moulton's Letter to the Editor in thanks for The Berkshire Eagle's piece was published this week and can be read here .
Indoor Farmers Markets
Berkshire Grown has a total of 8 markets on the calendar between November and April, but be sure to check out ALL the indoor markets in the Berkshires during the winter months.

North Adams Farmers Market
1 st Saturday, November through May

Pittsfield Farmers Market
2 nd Saturday, November through April

New Lebanon Farmers Market
3 rd Sunday, November through May

That means that shoppers throughout Berkshire County can buy directly from farmers year-round!

Our neighbors in New York and Vermont have markets throughout the winter as well. More information about the Amenia, Bennington, and Millerton farmers markets can be found on our calendar. Subscribe today by clicking here .
Buy local and support area farmers!
Frederick Christmas Tree Farm, Hinsdale
Cut-your-own fir, pine, and spruce Christmas Trees. Choose and harvest, no pre-cut.
Open 10:00am-4:00pm daily 
360 Washington Road (Route 8) 
Hinsdale, MA 
413-655-8551


Ioka Valley Farm , Hancock
Cut-your-own or pre-cut firs.
Open Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
"Santa's Cap" hayrides are available to the Christmas Tree Plantation and join
Maple syrup, wreaths, decorations, gifts and "Stand Strait" tree stands all available.
Breakfast with Santa - Dec 7 & 8.
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:

Brattle Farm , Pittsfield - Pre-cut trees available 10:00am-5:00pm. Visit the animals, enjoy free hot cocoa, and pick out a tree. Free delivery available. 
Fort Hill Farm , Pittsfield - Pre-cut trees available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Holiday Brook Farm , Dalton - Pre-cut trees Thursday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Jaeschke's Orchard - Pre-cut Fraser Fir trees, boughs, wreaths, and kissing balls available 9:00am-5:00pm
Taft Farms , Great Barrington - Pre-cut trees, wreaths, center pieces, garland, and kissing balls available 8:00am-6:00pm
Tiny Hearts Farm , Hillsdale, NY - Custom wreaths, centerpieces, garland and other holiday decorations. Wreath Workshops: Deck the Halls, Saturday 12/7/19, 10:30am-noon or 2:30-4:00pm.
Ward's Nursery & Garden Center , Great Barrington - Pre-cut trees available 8:00am-5:30pm
Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center , Cheshire - Potted and pre-cut trees, roping, winter berry, wreaths, kissing balls, and fresh centerpieces Monday-Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm
Windy Hill Farm , Great Barrington - Pre-cut trees available 9:00am-5:00pm

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

What We Are Reading:
Exploring a Decade of Big Changes in Local Food

By: The Civil Eats Editors
" Ten years ago, local food was high on the nation’s radar. ... Today—at least on the surface—some of that popularity appears to have waned, as a number of large companies have gotten into the game, and the act of supporting nearby farms no longer seems especially new or radical."

This article explores the history and the context of the local food movement and also provides some insight for the future.

Read the whole article here.
Giving Thanks to this year's Market Sponsors
Thank You to Small and Local Business Shoppers
In the Berkshires, we are lucky to have vibrant, year-round farmers markets; a thriving farm-to-table restaurant scene; and locally-owned businesses who serve our community year-round.

Thank you to the farmers, chefs, and business owners for investing in the economy. Special thanks to their customers who invest in our community by buying local this holiday season and all year. 
Stay in Touch
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. 
Please send information to  alicia@berkshiregrown.org

Margaret Moulton, Executive Director
Jess Camp, Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Communications Director

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