Outdoor Farmers Markets are Back!
For a complete listing of this season's farmers markets, visit BerkshireGrown.org/Outdoor-Markets-Are-Back and be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the 2019 Guide to Local Food and Farms!
What We Are Reading:
By: Laurily Epstein for The Berkshire Edge
We have been lucky to have Monterey Chevre and  Rawson Brook Farm  for so long. Seek it out while you can (at the farm, at the  Great Barrington Farmers' Market , and at the Great Barrington Big Y). 

Thanks to Berkshire Grown Board Member Laurily Epstein for this lovely article about Susan and her plans for the future.

Click here to read the article.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's Spring Supper! A benefit for Berkshire Grown's program Share the Bounty, the delicious and delightful event celebrated the new season with a five-course meal created by local chefs Alex Hammond, Jim Lowe, Peter Platt, Doria Polinger, and Daire Rooney.

Berkshire Grown uses the funds raised to buy CSA shares from local farms. In turn, the farmers donate the produce (and eggs!) directly to food pantries, community kitchens, and families experiencing food insecurity.

Thank you to all of this year's donors and participants!
2019 Local Farmer Awards
Celebrating its 5th year, the Local Farmer Awards are funded by a group of philanthropic leaders and businesses. The Local Farm Awards recently gave $142,500 in amounts up to $2500 to 62 farmers in Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York for materials and equipment to make infrastructure improvements. 

These projects help farmers expand their businesses, compete in the marketplace, and continue providing the health and environmental benefits of local farming.

To learn more about the Local Farmer Awards, click here .
What We Are Reading:
By: Hannah Van Sickle for The Berkshire Edge
Sweet treats were easy to hunt up at Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Market . Check out this great article in  The Berkshire Edge  about two talented, local entrepreneurs who are doing what they love and helping to build community through food.

Hanna Jensen and Doria Pollinger (featured in this article ) were among many vendors who served up great food at Berkshire Grown's April market.

Find out more about the great food being cooked up in the Berkshires here .
By: Jake Levin
Congrats to Jake Levin on the publication of his book, "Smoke House Handbook." As a long-time champion of Berkshire Grown, an active board member, and dedicated member, Jake has supported local food and farms throughout his life. 

Check out this great review in The Berkshire Edge and add this cookbook (published by another BG supporter, Storey Publishing) to your library for summer grill season.
ACTION ALERT: 
Ask MA State  Senator Adam Hinds  to cosponsor an amendment to support HIP!

The Senate Ways and Means budget includes $6.5 million for HIP, which is progress, but would still mean another program suspension next year.  State Senator Anne Gobi  is submitting an amendment to i ncrease the amount for HIP to $8.5 million in FY20, which would be enough to allow the program to operate year-round as intended!

Please call or email Senator Hinds today, thank him for his past support, and share what HIP means to you! (617-722-1625, adam.hinds@masenate.gov ).
Join Us:
Sunday, May 19, 5pm – 6:30pm
Saint James Place
352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Make time in your calendar on Sunday, May 19, for a moderated conversation with Peter Buffett, co-president of  NoVo Foundation  and Peter Taylor, president of  Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation , on the topic of how consciously placed private philanthropy can transform and invigorate a local community and its economy.

This event will take place at 5:00PM at  Saint James Place  at 352 Main Street in Great Barrington. Tickets are $10 or 10 BerkShares. For more information visit  berkshirecommunitylandtrust.org .
See you there! 
Join us at the Berkshire International Film Festival on Friday, May 31, at 2:00 for a viewing of "Biggest Little Farm" followed by a panel discussion.

The conversation will be led by Bobby Houston and will include filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne; Margaret Moulton Executive Director of Berkshire Grown, Will Conklin, farmer at Sky View Farm and founder of Greenagers, Jen Salinetti, farmer at Woven Roots Farm; Sean Stanton, farmer at North Plain Farm; and Dicken Crane, farmer at Holiday Brook Farm.

Click here for tickets.
Save The Date:
Berkshire Grown Burger Night!
Sunday, June 30, 5:00-8:00pm

Celebrate summer on the farm with friends, family, and local farmers!

Live music, delicious food, and loads of fun for all ages
Indian Line Farm , 57 Jug End Rd, South Egremont, MA 01230
Sunday, June 30, 5:00-8:00 pm

Tickets start at $20 and kids 12 & under get in FREE.

For more information, visit BerkshireGrown.org/SummerFarmCookout .
Thank you!
to support to Share the Bounty.

Rachel "donated her birthday" to Berkshire Grown's program Share the Bounty through Facebook's donation option . With the funds she raised, two full CSA shares were purchased from local farms, and the food will be donated to local food pantries throughout the growing season.

Thank you, Rachel!
Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.
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

Join Berkshire Grown  here .