Weekly Newsletter
May 16th, 2017
Serving Berkshire County Since 2008
 Greetings!
Early reports from the fields & orchards...
Despite the cool and wet weather we've had the last few weeks, local produce continues to roll in this week so be sure to check out some of the new items below.

Many local farmers have been praying for some dry and sunny weather and it finally looks like we will have some of that weather this week which should hopefully help things move along in the fields.  Some farmers reported they lost some of the more tender field crops such as arugula while others said the plants have been at a standstill. This week should bring some relief and keep the season's momentum moving forward.
Riverland Farm
Last year was a devastating season for many orchard farmers especially for those who grow peaches and other stone fruit. So far this season looks to be more promising but there are always challenges.

"If you are an orchard keeper, the anticipation of a bountiful season is vibrating through your very bones. We had no hard frost this year and the tree blossoms were plentiful. Lots of blossoms give the potential for a lot of fruit - the only challenge is the weather has been cool and bees haven't been very active. It's hard to know how pollination went, the tree keeps that secret for a while yet.
It has been so wet, that the trees themselves risk being infected by a fungus known as blight. And we still have months ahead, will we get enough summer rain? If there is a drought like last year, trees will drop fruit early in an act of self preservation. Will there be any fall hurricanes to tear them limb from limb? Early snow?

There are so many elements that come together to ensure a good harvest. As an orchard keeper, more often than not you have to just wait it out and see. Orchards take on average $15,000 per acre and seven years to establish. That's a lot of hope for 'anything can happen'. Last year was abysmal, so hopefully we have a bumper year this year. It's been too long since we have had fresh local peaches!"
- South Shore Organics
heirloom apples
Radish April 2016
  
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Featured Local Produce
BOK CHOY
This week regular and baby bok choy return from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA.

During the Winter months, there was a shortage of organic bok choy and we saw prices as high as $5.99/lb. Now we can enjoy it at its usual low price of
$2.99/ pound!



Rainbow Chard & Kale
Rainbow Chard
Bunches of Rainbow Chard and Green Curly Kale are arriving to us from Red Fire Farm, Montague, MA. 
RADISHES
French Breakfast &
Red Radishes are plentiful this week.

Here's what else is local:
Arugula
Carrots
Basil
Beets
Chives
Garlic
Oregano
Sage
Salad Mix
Spinach
Thyme

Radish April 2016
RHUBARB IS ABUNDANT
It's a shame the local rhubarb season does not time perfectly with local strawberries which are still a couple weeks away but organic strawberries are available for $4.49/lb.
Organic Produce Specials
Asparagus
Local
$2.49 / 1/2 pound
$4.98 / pound
Eggplant
Florida
$1.99 each
Cantaloupe Melon  
Fair Trade
$2.99 each
Brussels Sprouts
California
$3.99 / pound
Avocado
Fair Trade
$1.49 each
Vidalia Onions
Georgia
$1.49 / pound
Organic Fruit Returning
Seedless Grapes are slowly returning to the market. This week we should see Black and Red varieties. Green grapes are still on hiatus.
Prices should come down in the next few weeks.
Featured Local Sale Items
Sale Online This Week Only
10% OFF
KRAUTONIC
Made in Housatonic, MA

Simple, briny, sour and satisfying, Krautonic is drinkable. A colorful source of antioxidants and probiotics, it makes a tasty restorative shot after exercise or a savory digestif after a great meal. It also adds fermented flavor to marinades, soups, salad dressings and creative cocktails.

16 oz
Regularly $6.79
NOW $5.99

Sweetish Baker
Granola
20% OFF
GRANOLA
Made in Lee, MA

Varieties:

Cranberry Coconut

Almond Ginger

The Cruncher

16 oz

Regularly $8.69
NOW $6.99

OVERSTOCK SALE
20 % OFF
EGGS
 
Lanesborough, MA
At Square Roots Farm in we keep our hens on green, growing pasture throughout the growing season, allowing them to feast on plants and bugs. Along with their locally grown, GMO-free feed, this diverse diet produces eggs with a vibrant orange yolk and a distinctly better flavor than conventional eggs.
Regularly $6.79
NOW $5.49

Grocery Sale Items
Sale Online This Week Only
SALE 20% OFF
Field Day - 1 Liter
NOW $15.39 
Regularly $19.19
SALE 30% OFF
Crackers
ZCrackers
NOW $4.19 
Regularly $5.89
NEW 10% OFF
Luna & Larry's
NOW $6.19
Regularly $6.89
NEW 10% OFF
Chocolate Bark
Prana
NOW $5.59
Regularly $6.19

NEW 10% OFF
Greenerway's Organic
NOW $8.29
Regularly $9.19
SALE 10% OFF
Cream Cheese
Champlain Valley Creamery
NOW $4.39
Regularly $4.89
SALE 20% OFF
Bragg
NOW $4.99
Regularly $6.19
SALE 20% OFF
Carrot Cake Cookies
Go Raw
NOW $4.89
Regularly $6.09
SALE 20% OFF
Ployes
NOW $6.29
Regularly $7.89
SALE 20% OFF
Dumpling Sauce
Wan Ja Shan
NOW $3.19
Regularly $3.99
Cheese, Wine & Beer of the Week
Available to delivery & market customers
15% OFF

Somerdale's Red Dragon

English Cheddar with Wholegrain Mustard and Ale

Vegetarian


10% OFF

2012 Mauro Guicheney Sainte Frivole

from Bordeaux, France

SALE Price $13.49

Regular Price $14.99

Grape Varietal: 100% Merlot 

Designation: Organic 

Notes: Out of the glass come aromas of red fruits like cherry and raspberry with rustic cedar notes.   The palate is bursting with bright red fruit, firm tannins and the elegance of classical Bordeaux at a great price! 

Drink if you enjoy: Merlot, fruity but dry style red wine!

10% OFF

2015 Domaine Mirebeau Les Feuillettes

from Loire Valley, France

SALE Price $17.99

Regular Price $19.99

Grape Varietal: Chenin Blanc 

Designation: Organics and Biodynamic 

Notes: Pleasant light golden hue from the glass. On the nose there are white flowers, citrus and orchard fruit. Brilliant and chalky, excellent honeysuckle notes and great appley freshness on the palate. The wine demonstrates all the finesse and aromatic complexity of Chenin. Immediate pleasure comes from this wine! 

Drink if you enjoy: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris or beautifully made white wines from the Loire Valley!

10% OFF
Fat Boy India Pale Ale

Big Elm Brewing
Sheffield, MA
SALE Price $14.21
Regular Price $15.79 

Double India Pale Ale, 8% ABV 

Our super hopped Double IPA is bursting at the seams with heaps of piney, citrusy and tropical fruit flavors and aromas.  During the brewing process we add a massive amount of hops to give you big bitterness as well as all the flavor of joy.  Once fermentation is complete we dry hop this big boy a ton, giving you the awesome hop explosion.  We use Citra, Simcoe and other hop varieties to create this monster. We hope you enjoy our FAT BOY! 

4-pack, 16oz cans

Recipes
Make this delicious soup with local bok choy, local eggs (on sale above) and
20% OFF
This Salad basically has all of my favorite things … brussels sprouts, asparagus, goat cheese, and a homemade honey dijon dressing!
Green Bin Reminder
Many of you may have noticed we are using more cardboard boxes lately because we are missing many of our green bins.

If you regularly receive an order, please remember to leave your green bin out for our drivers to pick up.

If you are not planning to order for a while and can not return the bin to our market, we are happy to stop by and pick it up. Please email us at info@berkshireorganics.com

Cardboard boxes can also be returned to us. Thank you!
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Thank you for supporting a small, locally owned business, our local farms and local food artisans. 
 
Aleisha & Brian Gibbons
Owners, Berkshire Organics, LLC

813 Dalton Division Rd.

Dalton, MA 01226


413-442-0888

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