Weekly Newsletter
January 3rd, 2017
Serving Berkshire County Since 2008
 Greetings!
We are excited to start 2017 with renewed vigor and enthusiasm for the year ahead. Over the last few months, we have been reviewing and reflecting on how we started, how we've progressed to where we are now, the good (and not so good) decisions we've made as small business owners, our mission, and much more.  A lot has happened since we started this business out of our dining room nine years ago, and we are looking at this year as a time of transition, re-growth, and re-commitment to bringing you the best local, organic, and non-gmo food.    

As our customers, you can expect to see a few big changes.  Over the past three years, nAtURAlly Catering & Takeout, Bake Me Pretty, and Red Apple Butchers have been a part of our team. On January 29th, these businesses are moving on to other opportunities and will no longer be selling their goods at Berkshire Organics. Plans are currently being finalized with the new businesses which will be taking their place, and we look forward to making a special announcement regarding these additions soon.  In the meantime, there will be a transitional period while we shift from the old to the new. You can still count on Berkshire Organics to offer local and organic meat, baked goods, and other prepared items.  If there is something you are missing, please send your feedback and requests to info@berkshireorganics.com

Lastly, the past year has brought big changes for our team and their families.  Brian and I had our first child, Grace Susan, earlier in the year, and our delivery service manager Shaun Opperman recently welcomed his son, Gabriel Jack.  I will be stepping back into the role of delivery service manager while Shaun takes time to be with his son. I am thrilled to be back in the day-to-day operations—not to mention be given the opportunity to connect with our loyal customers on a regular basis again.

This should be an exciting year ahead and we appreciate your continued support and commitment to shop with a local, small business.
Local Produce Report
Time to get healthy with the best variety of local & organic produce in the Berkshires!

With the holidays behind us, now is the best time to commit to eating healthier.

No more excuses!
Sign up for a produce basket to challenge yourself to consume its contents each week. Try something new and support a local business and local farms in the process.    

  
All Basket and A La Carte
orders are due by  
12 NOON WEDNESDAY  

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Where Your Food Is From
Local Organic Practices:
  • Fairview Farm, Whately, MA - Tomatoes (Greenhouse)
  • Plainville Farm, Hadley, MA - Rutabaga, Squash (Bora Bora, Buttercup, Butterkin, Carnival, Honey Nut).
  • The Gill Greenery, Gill, MA - Sprouts.  
Local IPM:
  • Yonder Farm, Hudson, NY - Apples, Pears.
  • Love Apple Farm, Ghent, NY - Apples.  
Local Certified Organic:
  • Kitchen Garden Farm, Sunderland, MA - Beets, Cabbage (Napa & Savoy), Carrots (Orange & Purple), Collards, Onions (Chipollini), Radish (Black , Daikon & Watermelon), Turnip (Gold & Scarlet).
  • Queens Greens, Hadley, MA - Cabbage (Deadon & Green), Spinach.
  • Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook, NY - Sweet Potato (Orange & Purple).
  • Hidden Camp Farm, NY - Onions (Red & Yellow), Shallots, Squash (Acorn & Butternut). Morningstar Farm, NY - Beets (Chiogga & Red), Celeriac, Leeks, Parsnips, Potato (Purple & Fingerlings), Radish (Watermelon), Turnip (Gilfeather & Purple).
  • Hepworth Farm, Milton, NY - Rosemary, Squash (Cheese Pumpkin & Spaghetti).
  • North Valley Farm, NY - Dumpling Squash, Kabocha Squash, Pumpkin.  
East Coast USA Certified Organic:
  • Boston Tomato, MA - Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Mint, Sage, Thyme.
  • Mother Earth Mushrooms, PA - Mushrooms.
  • Alderman Farm, FL - Green Beans, Eggplant, Yellow Squash, Zucchini.
  • Bryson Farm, FL - Arugula, Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Peppers (Green).
  • Uncle Matt's Farm, FL - Oranges (Navel), Tangelos.

Kolo Kai Organic Farm, HI - Ginger & Turmeric.  

California/West Coast USA Certified Organic:  
Apples, Asparagus, Avocado, Blackberries, Carrots (Baby & Bagged), Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Fennel, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwifruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges (Blood, Cara, Navel & Valencia), Pears, Peppers (Jalapeno), Pomegranate, Raspberries, Scallions, Tangerine, Tangelo.  

Fair Trade/Imported Certified Organic: Banana, Mango, Melon (Watermelon), Persimmons, Pineapple, Tomato (Red Grape & Vine).
Probiotics Information
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are "good" bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria.  

What's the best way to take Probiotics?
Food is the best way to get probiotics into your system. People trying to convince you that supplements are the best are usually trying to sell supplements. That's not to say supplements are bad. They are a good alternative for people who cannot consume the foods mentioned below.

Fermented foods are the best source of probiotics. Some of the best sources are yogurt, kefir, kombucha, miso and lacto fermented veggies. The probiotics in these fermented foods are more prolific and more readily available for your body to process. Fermented veggies contain "about 100 times the amount of bacteria in a bottle of high-potency probiotics.  

Berkshire Organics Market has a wonderful selection of locally-made fermented vegetables in our refrigerated section along with locally-made yogurt, kombucha and miso. We also sell supplements if needed.
This Weeks Featured Sale Item
20% OFF
Hosta Hill Farm's
Lacto- Fermented Vegetables & Hot Sauce
Hosta Hill Farm has been hand-making small batches of lacto-fermented vegetables here in the Berkshires since 2011. From the start they’ve used local ingredients, working closely with nearby organic farms to source whatever they can’t grow themselves in their own fields in and around West Stockbridge. It’s these ingredients that have helped them earn two consecutive Good Food Awards, recognizing “the most conscientious and talented craft food producers in the United States.”  

Lacto-Fermented Vegetables
Tasty, crunchy and packed with probiotics, their versatile veggie ferments are a great way to enjoy fresh, raw, local produce all year long. They come in four varieties: Sauerkraut, Crimson Kraut, Gochu Curry Kraut and Kimchi.

Lacto-Fermented Hot Sauce
This bright, spicy sauce will add delicious heat and flavor to any meal. Made with ripened Jalapeños, Garlic and Sea Salt. Three ingredients, that's it! 100% Hosta Hill grown. 
Hosta Hill
FREE SAMPLES
Stop by the Berkshire Organics Market this Friday 3-6pm
to meet the folks from Hosta Hill and try some samples of their delicious fermented vegetables.
Cheese & Wine of the Week
15% OFF
Gouda
Gouda is a yellow cheese is named after the Dutch town of Gouda, just outside Rotterdam and accounts for more than 60% of the cheese produced in Holland. Gouda is a traditional, creamy, hard cheese covered in a wax rind. The flavor is sweet and fruity. As time passes, the taste intensifies and becomes more complex. Gouda is considered to be both a table cheese and a dessert cheese, excellent with fruit and wine.
10% OFF
2013 Château La Tour Grise Chenin Noir
from Loire Valley, France
 
Grape Varietal: Pineau d’Aunis
 
Designation: Organic and Biodynamic
 
Notes: Pale red almost rose in the glass. Youthful, fun, blood-orange and cherry fruited, with swaths of white stones and pink pepper adding textured layers to this lighter-style red wine. Can be served with a slight chill and should be allowed to breathe and open up some before indulging. It will turn a frown upside down, especially when paired with grilled salmon, mild cheeses and snacks.
 
Drink if you enjoy: Lighter bodied red wines, like Pinot Noir and Carignan, with a little funk. Enjoy geeking out with friends over this fun and exciting wine made with outstanding care and technique.
Recipes
Best Detox Salad
with Lemon-Ginger Dressing
A simple way to start eating healthier is by adding this detox-friendly salad to your life. It’s jam-packed with nutrients to support your body’s detoxification system, and can be made ahead of time to fit into your busy schedule. These ingredients make this salad a detox powerhouse:
Tangerine & Roasted Beet Salad with Feta & Pistachios
This colorful roasted beet salad recipe uses the beet greens too, but you'll likely need more than are attached—buy extra beet greens or chard, or even try kale. Serve this healthy dish alongside grilled chicken or pork tenderloin or as an impressive potluck salad.
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THANK YOU
Thank you for supporting a small, locally owned business and our local farms and local food artisans. 

Your continued support throughout the Winter months is greatly appreciated. 

We wish you a healthy and happy 2017!
 
Aleisha & Brian Gibbons
Owners, Berkshire Organics, LLC

813 Dalton Division Rd.

Dalton, MA 01226


413-442-0888

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