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, through April on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Shop for your locally-grown grocery items on Saturday, February 15, 10 am to 2 pm.

The winter market features food for breakfast or lunch, fun activities for kids, and live music. Admission is free. SNAP/EBT is accepted and, thanks to our market sponsors, SNAP dollars will be doubled up to $25 at all of the Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Markets.
Bread, Meat, & Cheeses
Gifts for Everyone and Tabletop Supplies
Fruit, Greens & more
Thank You to Locke Larkin
Locke Larkin, Great Barrington's health inspector pass away this month. Through the years, Locke was a familiar face at farmers markets and food events. We are grateful for his careful attention and easy-going nature.

He will be remembered fondly and missed greatly.

Read the article in the Berkshire Edge here .
What We Are Reading:
It’s Not That Simple: Food doesn’t grow in grocery stores

By: Ed Abrahams and Pedro Pachano
Don't miss this conversation between two farmers about farming in the Berkshires - how and why they do it.

Thanks to The Berkshire Edge for publishing the article that summarizes the recent WSBS Radio show with the hosts of "It's Not That Simple," Ed Abrahams and Pedro Pachano. And thank you to farmers Molly Comstock of  Colfax Farm and Sean Stanton of  North Plain Farm  for taking time to talk about their farming lives!

Read the article here and listen to the podcast here .
What We Are Reading:
These farmers say "yes" to no-till

By: Benjamin Cassidy for The Berkshire Eagle
No-till practices vary widely depending on the farm, but the number of no-till farms is on the rise, and it is all about improving soil health and reducing negative environmental impacts.

Read how Red Shirt Farm, Woven Roots Farm, Full Well Farm, and Indian Line Farm (all members of Berkshire Grown) use variations of no-till methods to protect and improve the health of their farm soils.

Read the article 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

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 - click here .
Buy local and support area farmers!
Every dollar spent locally generates 2 to 4 times the economic development than each dollar spent non-locally.

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

What We Are Reading:
Don't underestimate the tastiness of root vegetables

By: Margaret Button for The Berkshire Eagle
We have the root vegetables you need at our Winter Farmers Market - and they are grown in the Berkshires.

Looking for recipe inspiration? This great article in the Berkshire Eagle is choc-full of information. Thanks to Indian Line Farm and Red Shirt Farm for contributing!

Read the whole article here.
What We Are Reading:
Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food Stamps

By: Lola Fadulu for The New York Times
Under the Trump administration, on April 1 the first of three rules proposed by the USDA will reduce the size of SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps). This rule makes it more difficult for states to waive certain work requirements for SNAP recipients, and is projected to effect the eligibility of 700,000 people to receive food stam. The administration says that it will save $5.5 billion over 5 years.

Read the whole article here.
Giving Thanks to this year's Market Sponsors
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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