Weekly Newsletter
September 12th, 2017
Serving Berkshire County Since 2008
 Greetings!
Boy, what a week it has been with so much swirling around in the universe. Our thoughts and prayers have been with those in the south who have experienced devastating weather.

We have been incredibly fortunate so far this local produce season and as a result there is so much bounty around us. The variety of items available is tremendous. Now is the time to really enjoy those last bites of summer corn, tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, peppers and more as they will disappear soon from our offerings. Then we will have to start looking at sourcing some of those items from a bit farther away.

In the coming weeks and months, we will learn more about what the storms and devastation in the South mean for our food system and we will share that information as it becomes available.

For now, we thank our local farms for providing us with the most delicious local and organic food and we thank you for supporting them. 
  
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Local Produce Specials
This week we start introducing heirloom apples from Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT.
About Scott Farm's Growing Practices
A long time ago, Zeke Goodband, our orchard manager, learned that the less he sprayed the orchard, the less he had to spray. Zeke’s formal educational training was in the field of ecology; he realized early in his orcharding career that if he respected the orchard as an ecosystem there were fewer “pest” problems.

Our goal at the Scott Farm Orchard has been to enhance the biodiversity of the orchard ecosystem – the more complex the ecosystem, the more stable it becomes, minimizing the potential for significant pest explosions. We have moved beyond organic into what we call ecologically grown fruit.

When an insect or disease can’t be controlled adequately through our cultural and biological approach, we will choose a material to spray that will disrupt the orchard ecosystem as little as possible. We are quite willing to accept cosmetic blemishes on our fruit knowing that it will be safe for our staff, families, friends, and you, our customers, to enjoy. We love to hear the tree frogs singing in the orchard.
Gravenstein
A very old apple from Italy, grown in the USA since the late 1700s. The combination of both tart and sweet flavors makes this a wonderful culinary apple for pies, tarts, and sauces as well as a sprightly flavored eating apple. Good too when pressed as a single variety sweet cider. Large yellow green smooth skin with red blush.

Duchess of Oldenburg
One of the finest cooking apples available, good for pies and sauces or crisps. Originally from Russia, it was introduced to the US around 1835. It was one of the main varieties first planted in the Scott Farm orchards in 1912. This apple stores well. A yellow-skinned apple with streaks of red.

Apple Varieties Available:
Paula Red
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Supreme
Honeycrisp
Zestar

Coming Next Week:
MacIntosh
Macoun
More Heirloom Apples

Local Apples
Now Only $1.49/lb!

Heirloom Apples
$2.99/lb
STONE
FRUIT
We know we said last week was the last week for most of the local stone fruit but...
Local Stone Fruit
This includes:
Nectarines
White Peaches
Yellow Peaches
Blue Plums
SQUASH CHALLENGE
When you order a produce basket we always try and feature a new local apple variety each week. We also try to include a different Winter Squash for several weeks so you can add variety to your diet and really taste the local Fall flavors. It's a great way to challenge and introduce yourself to new items.

This weeks baskets include the
Red Kabocha Squash
Red Kabocha squash has an exceptional sweet flavor, even sweeter than butternut squash. It is similar in texture and flavor to a pumpkin and sweet potato combined. See below for recipe ideas.

Winter Squash Now Available:
Acorn
Buttercup
Butternut
Carnival
Delicata
Spaghetti


Potatoes

Local, organic potatoes are now available in several colors and varieties.



Parsnips

Local Parsnips return this week. We also have an abundance of carrots in all colors available.





Beans

Local green bean season is almost over so be sure to enjoy the last harvest this week.



Local purple daikon radish is back. Instead of having a potent, peppery taste like most radishes, daikon is sweet, crisp and mild.

Libations & Cheese of the Week
Available to market & online shoppers
15% OFF
Bayley Hazen Blue
Jasper Hill Farm, VT

Aged 3-to-4 months, Bayley Hazen Blue is a Jasper Hill Farm original, and is made from our high-quality whole raw milk. It is named for an old military road commissioned by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Though no major battle ever took place, the road brought Greensboro its first settlers and continues to be used today.                
 
Sensory Notes: Bayley has developed a loyal following because of its fudge-like texture, toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. The paste is dense and creamy, with well-distributed blue veins. The usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, giving way to the grassy, nutty flavors in the milk.
10% OFF
2015 Les Brebis Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
SALE PRICE $17.99
Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
 
Designation: Dry farmed and using Organic and Biodynamic practices
 
Notes: Pleasant purplish-ruby-red color in the glass. The nose is full of fresh red and black fruits with hints of herbs and spice. On the palate the fruits persist, releasing strawberry, red raspberry and black plum along with thyme, cloves and white pepper. Well balanced fruits and acidity with this lighter bodied Pinot Noir, very approachable and drinkable!
 
Drink if you enjoy: Quality made lighter style Oregon Pinot Noir wines!
10% OFF
2016 Teutonic
Wine Company Sprockets White
Willamette Valley, Oregon
SALE PRICE $17.99
Grape Varietal: 50% Scheurebe, 25% Huxelrebe and 25% Pinot Noir
 
Designation: Dry farmed and following sustainable practices
 
Notes: A wine done in the style of Austrian Gemischter Satz, where a bunch of different grapes are grown in the same vineyard and then blended together to make one wine. The aromas and flavors of orange zest, apricot and capsaicin with a dry talc minerality that goes on forever. The steely acidity is off the charts but given the amount of fruit here, that's a good thing. The balance and complexity of this wine is amazing!
 
Drink if you enjoy: Wines that are, to quote the producer, “Kick Ass!” And German or Austrian style wines made domestically on the West Coast.
10% OFF
Jack's Abby
Excess IPL
Framingham, MA
SALE PRICE $11.42
India Pale Lager, 7.2% ABV, Bitterness: 80 IBUs
4-pack, 16oz cans

We’re celebrating hop-mania with our outrageously hoppy lager, Excess IPL. Various methods of hopping throughout the brewing and lagering process maximize the aromas. With bold hop aromatics and flavors, this India Pale Lager is packed to the brim with intense hop goodness.
10% OFF
Downeast Craft Cider
Original Blend
East Boston, MA
SALE PRICE $8.54
Hard Cider, 5.1% ABV
 4-pack, 12oz cans
INSPIRED BY THE CLASSIC FARM-FRESH CIDER NEW ENGLANDERS KNOW AND LOVE.
Original blend is the auerbach to our celtics, the satisfaction to our stones, the agent k to our men in black: our foundation. from humble beginnings in the basement of a bates college dorm, OB is the result of hundreds of test batches aimed at crafting cider as we know it. OB is made from tom’s freshly pressed local apples, never with concentrate, never using artificial flavors/sweeteners. Original blend is the way cider should be.
SUMMERS END
20% OFF
CLEARANCE SALE

  • 8 varieties of craft beer

  • 4 varieties of rose wine

Grocery Sale Items
Sale Online This Week Only
10% OFF
Seasonal
Locally-Made Organic
Garlic Scape Sauerkraut
from Hosta Hill Farm, Housatonic, MA
 10% OFF
Surf Sweets
NOW $2.49 
Regularly $2.79
10% OFF 
 Hip Chick Farms
NOW $9.19
Regularly $10.19
NEW 10% OFF
North Country Smokehouse
NOW $6.69
Regularly $7.39
10% OFF
Vermont Smoke & Cure
NOW $5.39
Regularly $5.99
 10% OFF
Yucatan
NOW $5.19
Regularly $5.59
10% OFF
The Piggery
NOW $6.69
Regularly $7.19
 10% OFF
Once Again
Prices Vary - see website
10% OFF
Organic Prairie
NOW $11.29
Regularly $12.69
Recipes
Chunky Curried Kabocha Squash Dip Sweet roasted winter squash makes a fantastic base for a healthy dip.
Roasted kabocha squash soup, thick and creamy, with ginger, cumin, and coriander. Perfect for fall!

Enjoy the last of the glorious summer tomatoes with these inspiring recipes.
Vegan smoothie with peaches, rolled oats, chia seeds, and a touch of sweetness from OJ and banana. Creamy, nutritious, and lovely for breakfast or snack.
LOCAL, NON-GMO CORN
Season is still going strong!
Picked fresh from the farmer's field.


Thank you for supporting a small, locally owned business, our local farms and local food artisans. 
 
Aleisha, Brian & Grace Gibbons
Owners, Berkshire Organics, LLC
813 Dalton Division Rd.
Dalton, MA 01226

413-442-0888
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